Mission and Values
Centre for Safer Sex & Sexual Violence Support Mission Statement
The Centre for Safer Sex & Sexual Violence Support serves as a peer-run, community-based, safer space for knowledge-sharing, educational opportunities, and empowerment with the intention to prevent & respond to Sexual and Gender-Based Violence on our campus and in our communities. We also serve as the Ryerson University community-hub for FREE safer sex & menstrual hygiene supplies.
I. We call-in community members rather than calling out, holding one another accountable through survivor centred models that are trauma-informed.
II. We recognize that we are on stolen land where our Indigenous sisters and Two Spirit folks have been oppressed, colonized, and stigmatized. We are dedicated to amplifying the voices of our Indigenous community members and approach our language and work with a decolonized framework.
III. Trauma-informed practices are in constant development. We are dedicated to continuing our understanding of trauma through a feminist and anti-ableist frameworks.
IV. We believe in an integrated anti-oppression approach when offering peer outreach and support. This means honouring lived experiences as truth and knowledge.
V. Survivors are experts of their own lives and healing.
VI. All survivors choose what language they wish to use and how much they wish to disclose.
VII. We do not tolerate any form of homophobia, sexism, transphobia, racism, ableism, ageism, sexual harassment, sexual assault, discrimination, or other violence in any form.
VIII. Sex work is real work. Sex workers are always included in our community and movement.
IX. The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR) has been a ground-breaking and crucial network of survivor-informed and led care and advocacy. We aim to continue honouring the work that they do, and try to support them through their journey, as they have continually supported us throughout our journey.
X. We acknowledge the broken judicial systems that survivors have to navigate here in Ontario and throughout Canada. Because of this we will continue to challenge the current legislation and regulations that continually fail survivors.
XI. We are dedicated to sharing our policies and practices openly with our community.
“Toronto is in the ‘Dish With One Spoon Territory’. The Dish With One Spoon is a treaty between the Anishinaabe, Mississaugas and Haudenosaunee that bound them to share the territory and protect the land. Subsequent Indigenous Nations and peoples, Europeans and all newcomers have been invited into this treaty in the spirit of peace, friendship and respect.”
Tkaronto has been and continues to be home to many Indigenous people. The Centre for Safer Sex & Sexual Violence Support acknowledges that sexual violence has been and continues to be a tool of colonization and war against Indigenous Women, Girls, Two-Spirited & Trans People’s bodies – and land itself.
As a majority settler organization, the Centre for Safer Sex & Sexual Violence Support would like to express our solidarity with the work and mobilization been done by Indigenous grass-roots activists.
Our Centre is committed to amplifying the voices and experiences of Indigenous, Black, LGBTQ2S+, and Survivors who are historically underserved and underrepresented.