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Across Canada there are over 600,000 cases of reported sexual violence, sadly our workplaces and organizations are the spaces where this violence and harassment often happens. Regularly the perpetrators of harassment and sexual violence are people we know, in fact over 87% of the time.

There are many risk factors that contribute to the normalization of sexual harassment and violence in the workplace such as power, sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, power dynamics, precarious work, strict hierarchies, lack of inclusivity, and a lack of institutional supports for staff and ownership.

The Dandelion Initiative's Safer Bars and Safer Spaces program was created by knowledgeable hospitality industry professionals and survivors. This training is intended as a 101 for spaces, organizations and businesses to learn how to prevent and respond to sexual harassment and violence in the workplace and outside of it while building an anti-harassment and sexual violence policy.

Did you know? In Ontario all employers are required to have an anti-harassment and sexual violence policy in accordance to Bill 132- it is the law.

We provide each participants with a manual and survivor supports. Operators will be provided with policy recommendations and listing on our safer spaces registry.

What do we teach? Click here to see our InFO BOOK

Availability

Monday – Sunday
We work with your schedule

Location/LENGTH

We train at your space, or provide one for you.

Sessions are 3.5 hours in length.

Cost

$35 a person

If you have a team of under 5 people there is a flat fee of $250.

This training is free for Indigenous groups.

Larger groups/conventions

We have built this training to be flexible if you need large group sessions please email us as well.

Click here to see which spaces have completed our training.


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POLICY DEVELOPMENT

On March 6, 2015, the Government of Ontario announced "It's Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, with this came the changes to the Occupational Health and Safety Act, Bill 132. This bill requires ALL employers to have an anti-harassment and sexual violence policy.

What are the top risk factors for sexual violence in the workplace?

Lack of institutional support for victims/survivors
Lack of employment opportunities
Adherence to traditional gender role norms in the workplace
Weak sanctions against sexual violence perpetrators
Weak policies related to sexual violence and gender equity

Employers have a critical role in ensuring their are policies and practices to prevent and respond to sexual assault and harassment.

Creating safer spaces means there is zero tolerance for harassment and violence in the workplace and requires employees and employers to work together on prevention and resolution.

This process is not about policing spaces or restricting your practices its about safety and accountability, ensuring that you are decreasing your liability and the harm to those who work for you.

Please email us for a free 15 minute consultation! We also provide policy consultation for national organizations and businesses.

 

Survivor Centric Community Accountability Sessions

We take a survivor centric approach which is necessary to mitigate further harm and liabilities when an employee or owner/operator have been called in or out for sexual violence and harm. This session is intended to help groups navigate challenging conversations around risk factors and problematic behaviours. We will also help you comply with employer best practices that will ensure your workplace culture remains safer and more accountable to your community and patrons.

We require that all parties are present at the session EXCEPT the survivor or survivors, the details of who should be attending will be outlined during the phone consultation.

The session will run for 2 hours in length with intermediate breaks as needed by participants, we will use de-escalation, anti-oppressive and professional tools to ensure that all parties present are safer and our approach is equitable.

Email us or call for more information, this is not a legal process but an opportunity for accountability and resolutions.

If you need emergency help please call 911 or the Toronto Rape Crisis Line (416-597-8808 )

 

Responding to sexual assault and disclosures

What do you say when a staff or community member disclosures you they have been sexually assaulted or harassed? You want to ensure you are doing what is best for the survivor and for your space.

This class will help people understand the impacts of sexual violence and harassment and build skills to support survivors during or after they have disclosed they have been harmed. This is a great class for spaces, groups and for people appointed as their workplace anti-harassment office or lead.

We wrap up this workshop survivor supports and community resources that will help us understand and believe survivors. Handouts are provided with this workshop.

 

Bystander Intervention tools + techniques

This is an interactive and tool based workshop that will help people develop their skills in intervening and de-escalating potential harmful situations. We will help you evaluate risks and make safer and more accessible choices while helping you get from a bystander to an empowered bystander that can mitigate harm and use a variety of techniques to ensure equity and dignity when approaching diverse groups and needs. This workshop comes with a workbook and resources.

Consent: What we were never taught

96% of Canadians think that sexual activity should be consensual, however only 28% of Canadians know what consent looks like. Consent education has been overlooked as a crucial component to ending gender based/sexual violence. When we understand how to set boundaries, respect and actively listen to one another and practice enthusiastic consent, we are creating cultures of consent that offer safer opportunities and experiences for all people. Handouts are provided with this workshop.

 

Policy Development 101: Writing your Anti-harassment and Sexual Violence policy and procedure

This workshop focuses on developing an anti-harassment and sexual violence policy that is in accordance to the changes in occupational health and safety (bill 132), Employment standards (bill 148) and survivor centric practices. One of the major risk factors for sexual violence and harassment are weak policies and practices that empower employees to be accountable and support survivors when they need to report or disclose. We cover everything from assessing your space and team to ensure the policy will have a positive impact, to using the best protocols and language for you and your team/space. This workshop comes with a policy template.