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Public Awareness

A Public Awareness Campaign was launched in October 2016 and was developed with the guidance of a Provincial Committee. The campaign is aimed at Nova Scotians aged 14 to 20 and uses an animated, modern twist on the popular Birds and Bees metaphor to broach subjects like consent.

The campaign consists of 30 and 60 second videos featuring bird-and-bee-type characters animated in the style of popular shows like Bojack Horseman and The Simpsons. It also includes posters and a website. The episodes deal with situations of sexual violence that youth told us they are facing in today’s world. The first 60 second video takes place at a house party and explores the issue of alcohol and consent.

Campaign materials have been designed so they can be easily used by organizations around the province. See the campaign at

Training and Education

A free, online training - also developed with a Provincial Committee - was launched in April 2017. Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence: A Nova Scotia Resource was created to help Nova Scotians learn more about sexual violence and how to support someone who has survived it.

This training is for service providers, friends, family members, neighbours, teachers, first responders, counselors, and anyone who is acting as a support person, or is concerned about sexual violence.

The training can be done as a whole, or in parts, all at once, or over a period of time. If someone needs to stop a module part way through, they will be able to resume the training where they left off later. The course takes appx. 4-6 hours to complete and can be accessed at:

Prevention Innovation Fund

Sexual violence continues to remain hidden and victims are frequently blamed and stigmatized. Although it can sometimes seem too large to solve, we know that sexual violence is preventable.

With multiple organizations, groups and communities directing prevention initiatives, the responsibility of preventing sexual violence is shared by the collective community. With the long-term goal of reducing sexual violence, we must focus our approaches on ways to stop sexual violence from happening in the first place. This is called primary prevention.

Primary prevention approaches work to change environmental factors and social norms known to contribute to sexual violence (ex. sexism, media and marketing practices, technology, harmful use of alcohol, etc.), while also promoting healthy relationships, consent and fostering safer spaces and strong communities.

Over $1.4M has been awarded to groups across Nova Scotia through the Prevention Innovation Fund. This fund is meant to support community-based primary prevention initiatives, expand best practices, better research & evaluation, and better use of technology; assist youth groups to reach out to peers in innovative ways; support marginalized populations including African Nova Scotians, First Nations, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community.

Funded projects are working towards some of the following outcomes:

  • Better understanding of healthy relationships and norms.
  • Increased engagement of men and boys in sexual violence prevention work.
  • Youth have a clearer understanding of what consent is and why it is important.
  • Decrease in the hypersexualization of women and girls.
  • Increase in positive, non-violent perceptions of masculinity.

This year, grants up to $5,000 are available. The deadline to apply for a Prevention Innovation Grant is December 14th, 2018, 5pm.

2016-17 Prevention Innovation Grant Recipients

Group Project Location Project Title Amount
Annapolis Valley First Nation Annapolis Valley First Nation Prevention of sexual violence through tradition, culture and dance $46,990
Autism Nova Scotia Province-wide Autism Sexual Education Project $50,000
Chebucto Community Development Association Halifax Healthy Development and Relationships Program $47,855
Community Justice Society Dartmouth The HIVE Girls Group & Vignettes $28,441.98
Autumn House Amherst Community Bystander Empowerment Program $49,985
Eskasoni Mental Health & Dalhousie University Eskasoni Break the silence: Be the change $48,458
Lea Place Sheet Harbour Taking Action for Growth Project $5,000
Heartwood Centre for Community Youth Development Halifax Loosen Up and Start Talking for "Grown Ups" $25,000
Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia Halifax ISANS Breaking the Silence: Immigrant Youth Sexual Violence Project $50,000
L'Arche Atlantic Region Province-wide SEXCESS Supporting Sexuality and Healthy Relationships $5,000
LOVE: Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia Sipkne'katik Kesaluei Sipkne'katik $35,750
LunaSea Theatre Company Halifax SLUT The play $50,000
Nova Scotia Native Women's Association Sydney Sisterness Outreach Care Project; Increasing Safety for Mi'kmaq Women and Girls Gathering $28,784.13 $5,000
Residence Life, Saint Mary's University Halifax SMU Res Consent Project $4,200
Sackville High School Student Support Group Sackville Sackville High Girls on Fire $3,500
Second Story Women's Centre & Be the Peace Institute Lunenburg The Pink Snowsuit Project $25,000
Sexual Health Nova Scotia Province-wide AFFIRMATIVE - Sexual Violence Prevention and Intellectual Disability $50,000
Shelburne County Youth Health and Support Association Shelburne Paint n Chat $5,000
The Youth project Province-wide Healthy Relationship Education for LGBTQ + Youth $20,000
Youth Art Connection Dartmouth Intergenerational Arts Mentorship (IAM)_ Youth Arts Leadership Project (YALP) $16,380
Youth Health Centre Advisory Hosting Team Sydney Mines "Opening our Eyes" $5,000
YWCA Halifax Spryfield SafetyNET Living Labs $30,591

2015-16 Prevention Innovation Grant Recipients

Group Project Location Project Title Amount
Acadia Student Union Wolfville Acadia Student Union SVP Project $26,430
AIDS Coalition Halifax Totally Outright in Nova Scotia $10,000.00
Alex Coley and Cameron Ure Halifax Campus Sexual Violence Prevention Workshop Training $4,954.00
Ally Centre of Cape Breton Sydney Safer Stroll, Sex Workers in the Know $20,000.00
Antigonish Women's Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association Antigonish Girls Taking Action $5,000.00
Asia van Buuren Antigonish Addressing Gaps in Sexual Education with People with Disabilities $4,988.00
Avalon Sexual Assault Centre Dartmouth North Stronger and Safer Together: A community mobilization project in Dartmouth North $50,000
Boys & Girls Club of Whitney Pier Sydney The Project: Creative Solutions for Difficult Questions $11,000
Canadian Red Cross Province Wide Building Healthy Youth Relationships in Nova Scotia's First Nations Communities $30,500.00
Central Nova Women's Centre Truro Engaging Youth in a Violence Free Future $5,000.00
Centre for Housing and Residence Life, SMU Halifax SMU Res Consent Project $2,500.00
Chebucto Community Development Association (CCDA) Halifax Boys circles/Girls circles – Healthy Living 9 $40,000.00
École Secondaire de Clare La Butte Building healthy Relationships $5,000.00
Federation des Femmes Acadiennes du Nouvelle-Ecosse (FFANS) Dartmouth / Province-wide The Many Faces of Violence $50,000.00
Heartwood Halifax Cultivating a Community Network for Working with Boys and Young Men $50,000.00
MacPhee Centre for Creative Learning Dartmouth Inside Out – Graphic Novels and Journals $31,730.00
Mawio'miokuom Society Membertou I Am a Kind Man Project & NWAC Youth Violence Prevention $5,000.00
Middleton Regional High School Middleton Middleton Regional High School Gender and Sexuality Alliance $2,300.00
Millbrook Native Women's Association Truro Preventing Sexual Violence Against Mi’kmaw Youth $5,000.00
Millwood High School Lower Sackville Bringing in the Bystander $4,000.00
Music Liberatory Halifax Women safe and sound $30,000.00
Northern AIDS Connection Society Truro LookOUT Photovoice $12,000.00
Nova Scotia Native Women's Association - Sydney Sydney Preventing Sexual Violence Against Mi'kmaq Women through Cultural Practices $36,363.00
Paqtnkek Mi'kmaw Nation Paqtnkek Paqtnkek Warriors – Young men resist Violence $46,000.00
Sexual Health Centre Lunenburg County Bridgewater Sex Talks: Sexual Violence Prevention $5,000.00
Sheet Harbour Sexual Health Center Sheet Harbour Hot Talks $5,000.00
South Shore Youth Advisory Committee Bridgewater Got Your Back $5,000.00
The Youth Project Halifax Educating LGBTQ+ Youth $35,000.00
Valley African Nova Scotian Development Agency (VANSDA) Kentville Stepping Up $29,101.00
Waycobah First Nation / Antigonish Women's Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association Waycobah / Antigonish Community Engagement in Waycobah $33,384.00
YMCA of South West Nova Scotia Bridgewater Media Literacy & Digital Literacy $4,500.00
Youth Art Connection Dartmouth North Youth Arts Leadership Project $22,250.00
Youth Truth Matters/Tri-County Women's Centre Yarmouth Making Your Mark Breaking the Silence $3,000.00
YWCA Halifax (YOLO-V) Youth On-line Overcome Violence / Girls Space ‘Zine $20,000.00