Province Announces Sexual Violence Strategy Grant Recipients and Online Training

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Twenty-four community groups from across Nova Scotia are receiving more than $630,000 in Prevention Innovation Grants through the province’s Sexual Violence Strategy.

Community Services Minister Joanne Bernard announced the recipients today, April 24, in Annapolis Royal.

“Once again, so many Nova Scotians are coming forward to raise awareness and help prevent sexual violence,” said Ms. Bernard. “I applaud the grant recipients for using their creativity and passion to put their ideas into practice, and in many cases with projects that engage young people.”

The grants support community groups and organizations, including youth and underserved populations such as African Nova Scotians, First Nations and the LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community, to reach out to their peers in innovative ways.

“In Fall 2016, LOVE started offering a bi-weekly sweat lodge ceremony in Sipekne’katik, which has received a high level of engagement from youth,” said Sarah MacLaren, executive director, Leave Out Violence Nova Scotia. “With this grant we will be able to build a new teepee on the same property as the sweat lodge to help create a pro-social network made up of positive peer support and intergenerational mentorship with Elders. The teepee will give us a sober and safe place to gather and will help build a connection to a traditional means of well-being.”

This is the second round of Prevention Innovation grants given out through the strategy. In 2015/2016, $650,000 was awarded, for a total investment of more than $1.2 million over two years.

The Province also launched a new online training course that is available free of charge for Nova Scotians to learn more about sexual violence, how to respond to a disclosure of sexual violence and how to support someone who has survived it.

Supporting Survivors of Sexual Violence: A Nova Scotia Resource 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.

“Thanks to the expertise and unwavering passion of a committee of people from communities across the province, Nova Scotians can access a resource to help them handle a very difficult subject that needs to be addressed,” said Ms. Bernard.

The training has six separate topics, including an introduction to sexual violence, responding to a disclosure, choices following sexual violence, exploring sexual consent, enhancing the well-being of support people and Indigenous perspectives.

The training is available at https://nscs.learnridge.com/ and an info sheet about the training is attached to this email.

More information on the Sexual Violence Strategy can be found at http://novascotia.ca/coms/svs/ and the Public Awareness Campaign can be accessed at https://breakthesilencens.ca/.

2016/17 Prevention Innovation Grant recipients:

— Annapolis Valley First Nation, Prevention of sexual violence through tradition, culture and dance project, $46,990

–- Autism Nova Scotia, Autism Sexual Education Project, $50,000

— Chebucto Community Development Association, Halifax, Healthy Development and Relationships Program, $47,855

— Autumn House, Amherst, Community Bystander Empowerment Program, $49,985

— Eskasoni Mental Health and Dalhousie University, 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 “GrownUps”, $25,000

— Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia, Halifax, ISANS Breaking the Silence: Immigrant Youth Sexual Violence Project, $50,000

— L’Arche Atlantic Region, 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, $28,784.13, and Increasing Safety for Mi’kmaq Women and Girls Gathering, $5,000

— Residence Life, Saint Mary’s University, Halifax, SMU Res Consent Project, $4,200

— Sackville High School Student Support Group, Sackville High Girls on Fire, $3,500

— Second Story Women’s Centre and Be the Peace Institute, Lunenburg, The Pink Snowsuit Project, $25,000

— Sexual Health Nova Scotia, AFFIRMATIVE – Sexual Violence Prevention and Intellectual Disability, $50,000

— Shelburne County Youth Health and Support Association, Paint n Chat, $5,000

— The Youth project, Healthy Relationship Education for LGBTQ plus 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