An Etobicoke student is among the recipients of the Draw-the-Line Sexual Violence Prevention Awards, which recognize outstanding prevention efforts of elementary to post-secondary students.

Emily Guitar, of the Etobicoke School of the Arts, organized and directed a multi-arts show to educate her school community about rape culture and sexual violence. The first edition of My Being was designed to help survivors and allies break the culture of silence that often surrounds sexual violence and raise awareness about what can be done to end this form of violence. The June 1 show featured works and performances by 30 students.

One in three Canadian women will experience some form of sexual assault in her lifetime, the White Ribbon campaign reports. One in five women experience sexual assault while attending a post-secondary institution. Girls and young women in our communities are at a higher risk of experiencing sexual violence than boys and young men or adult women. Indigenous women, women of colour, queer and trans women, and women with disabilities are even more likely to experience sexual violence.

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls and to promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. Starting in 1991, White Ribbon asked men to wear white ribbons as a pledge to never commit, condone or remain silent about violence against women and girls. With the support of the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Status of Women, White Ribbon works with students and educators across Ontario to empower them to play a positive role to prevent sexual violence in their community. Visit whiteribbon.ca to learn more.

Award recipient Emily Guitar, seen here in front of her series, Creating a Line, part of the My Being multi-arts show. CNW Group/White Ribbon Campaign photo

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