Break the Silence

This series of public service announcement products is aimed at changing the way our community does and doesn’t talk about sexual violence. Core findings of our research point to the ways in which women who experience sexual violence are silenced. Many of the causes of this silencing are related to the legacy of intergenerational trauma. Here, the ways in which our community (along with so many others) have attempted to protect itself from harmful settler engagement ordinarily restricts the tendency to report sexual violence. The impact of this legacy is aggravated by a continuing lack of cultural and gender sensitivity within formal services. Simultaneously however, the objectification of especially Indigenous women and social stereotypes that shape understandings of who becomes a victim of sexual violence and why, also prevent many women from speaking out. Accordingly, as part of our knowledge mobilisation efforts, we are working to break the silence. To start this process off we have produced two posters and one video.


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Hannah Battiste

Bernadette Bernard

Dionne Denny

Nichelle Googoo

Nicole Johnson

Charlee Morrison

Kalo Nicholas

Raylene Nicholas

Farrah Stevens