Section 3: Accountability & Justice


This training is intended to be delivered either one-on-one or in small groups. Ideally, this training will be delivered in-person as this allows for greater opportunity for connection and relationship building between facilitators and learners, greater engagement between learners, and more opportunities for facilitators to check for comprehension.

This training has been designed for synchronous delivery; however, it could be adapted by individual institutions to deliver asynchronously.

This training requires a minimum of four 60-90 minute sessions. It can also be delivered in longer sessions (e.g., two hour sessions) or over a longer period of time (e.g., six sessions instead of four). Additional time would allow for deeper discussion, reflection, and skill practice. There are a number of additional or optional activities that can be included or adapted for the audience. As well, this training can be combined with other training on sexual violence prevention such as bystander intervention.

It is strongly recommended that facilitators go through material in the order that it is presented here and that they plan to spend at least 90 minutes in each module. It is recommended that there are at least a few days between sessions for learners to  process the materials. This training requires a good working relationship between the facilitator(s) and learner(s) and a respectful and safe learning environment. It is ideal to have the same facilitator(s) for all the modules.

Session Topic
Session 1 Foundational Knowledge

  • Grounding, considering safety, and identifying support circles
  • Definitions
  • Statistics
  • Roots of Sexual Violence
  • Identity and Privilege
Session 2 Understanding Harm: Impact and Responses

  • Scenario Activity: Exploring experiences and impacts of harm
  • Barriers to disclosing
Session 3 Building Better Relationships

  • Defining Consent
  • Skills for Seeking and Giving Consent
  • Responding to Rejection
  • Boundaries and Power Dynamics
Session 4 Repair and Accountability After Harm

  • Accepting Accountability
  • Offering Apologies
  • Identifying and Committing to Changed Actions
  • Accountability Road Map
  • Wrap-up Plan for Moving Forward


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