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 www.breakthesilenceNS.ca
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: https://breakthesilencens.ca/training
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:
This year, grants up to $5,000 are available. The deadline to apply for a Prevention Innovation Grant is December 14th, 2018, 5pm.
|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|
|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|