Our training, entitled “Sexual Violence in universities: prevention, accompaniment and transformation” is being delivered from January 2017.
The training has been designed to increase awareness, help identify and understand different expressions of sexual violence in our contexts and give practical tools for reflecting and acting responsibly in both reaction and prevention of the issue.
Session one, part one: how do different forms of sexual violence manifest in university settings?
- Fictional cases are used as a starting point to debate on how we perceive and identify sexual violence: different levels of intensity, different expressions, different people at which it is aimed, diverse actors involved.
- The work of different groups is put together in a common guided debate where we start to analyse how elements of power act in cases of sexual violence.
Session one, part two: understanding, framing and defining sexual violence
- Following the debates in the first part, we go deeper in the analysis of structural elements involved in SV and the interaction between them. Concepts such as intersectionality, gender, sexual identity and gender expression are introduced using an understandable language and based on the cases and debates in the first part.
- Different definitions of SV used in protocols, legal texts or regulatory documents in universities are discussed in groups to analyse the impact of how we define SV in what we do to tackle it.
Session two, part one: how do we react? Perceiving, listening, caring, accompanying and evaluating.
- Theatre-forum techniques are used to understand the ways in which we react to SV disclosures in university settings. This helps understand the specificities of university and its structures and the way they conform our reactions.
- Exercises of active listening are used to collectively reflect on the ways we listen and interact with survivors and to understand how power relations are involved as well in the process of disclosure and aid.
- Through a presentation, we underline the main elements analysed in both exercises and complete them with feminist experts’ advice in how to listen to survivors, develop care and accompany them from a non-paternalist stand and encouraging processes of empowerment and social/environmental change.
Session two, part two: tools, services and strategies for a fair first response in university
- Real cases are used as a starting point to analyse the potentialities, fragilities and needs of our university in SV cases: how would our university react if this would have happened here? What do we need to improve this response.
- Specific contributions are gathered for strategies that range from individual implication to institutional measures.
- Finally, we present a series of resources to which we can refer to, both inside the university and in the associative and local-institutional arena.
All the training materials are available in Spanish: http://usvreact.eu/es/ehu-material/ and Basque http://usvreact.eu/eu/ehu-material/