May is Sexualized Assault Prevention Month!

by Victoria Faulkner

May is Sexualized Assault Prevention Month!

Every May, Victoria Faulkner Women’s Centre and Les EssentiElles run a campaign to raise awareness about sexual assault, supporting victims, and sharing resources for where to find help in Yukon. Funding for Sexual Assault Prevention Month (SAPM) is made possible by Yukon Government Women and Gender Equity Directorate.

Our 2024 Campaign

This year we continue with the “talking thins the threat’ theme launched in 2022. This campaign is aimed at engaging teenage youth in meaningful conversations around sexual violence and how to:

  • Set boundaries

  • Support friends who have been sexually assaulted

  • Create change

The Facts

  • 1 in 10 teens were kissed, touched, or forced them to have sexual contact against their will by someone they were dating.

  • 43% of all dating violence incidents occurs to victims 15-24 years old. 

  • 2SLGBTQIA+ youth have a greater chance of encountering dating violence than those who are cisgender and heterosexual.

Consent, boundaries, and respect for those boundaries are important for healthy relationships that uplift you rather than bring you down.

By teaching young people - at all ages and development stages - about consent, boundaries, empathy, and respect, they can get the skills they need to have healthy relationships, recognize and leave unhealthy relationships, and increase their self-confidence.

Let’s empower young people with the right to say No, to listen to their own bodies, and to respect others when they say No.

Join Us for This Year’s Campaign!

Here are some simple ways you can learn more and help spread awareness during this year’s campaign:

  1. Follow us on social media. Throughout May, we’ll be sharing resources, scripts, and tools to help you navigate the weird and confusing world of relationships and to help you support your friends as they navigate theirs.

  2. Visit and access info. and links on healthy relationships, bystander tips, supporting others and where to get help. PARENTS/CAREGIVERS, EDUCATORS, YOUTH - this website offers awesome resources, no matter your age.

  3. Reach out to us at any time. We love to brainstorm, collaborate or lend support around initiatives to end sexualised assault that are relevant to your community.

In-Person Activities 4 Youth

As in past years, and together with Les EssentiElles, we’ve reached out to the local high schools in Whitehorse. Plans include:

  • Workshops with youth in grade 10 classrooms.

  • Two BBQ events - one at Porter Creek and one at CSSC Mercier - with FH Collins students invited to attend as well. Community partners will be boothing to let youth know about the resources and supports available to them locally.

More info.? Questions?

Visit at any time of the year for information on ending gender-based violence. This is our campaign website for both Sexual Assault Prevention Month and 16 Days to End Gender-Based Violence.

For media requests, contact: For the confidential support of our Women’s Advocate, phone 667-2693 ext. 2 or e-mail

Need support now?

If you leave any sexual situation hurt, unsure, or confused, there is help. Talk to a friend, get support, or learn more about how to report it. There are many options listed here - and this list is updated regularly.