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Let the Truth Talk is brought to you by the Harmony Project, based out of the YWCA in Banff. The Harmony Project brings together local service providers working towards ending sexual violence in our the Bow Valley. Through our collaborative and community-minded approach, our work focuses on Education awareness, Prevention, Training and support for survivors and their family/friends. Our conversations model how our community can engage in important discussions around consent, boundaries and healthy relationships with yourself and others.
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Thanks for checking out the second season of Let the Truth Talk. When dismantling the myths around sexual violence, the facts should always come first. This season your hosts Tara and Tandia will be talking about some common misconceptions around sexual violence in our society. These misconceptions can prevent victims from speaking out, seeking help and holding perpetrators responsible for the assault.  Getting the facts and dismantling these myths are an important step in ending sexual violence, and finding ways to best support survivors of sexual violence.    Truth #8 - There are ways that people resist sexual assault other than screaming for help or physically fighting back   The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta.   Please let us know what you think of this episode in the comments and what you’d like to be featured in future seasons!  remember to like and subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and If you like what we’re doing please share our podcast.  You can find us at www.harmonyproject.ca or send us an email at YPS@ywcabanff.ca.    Thanks for tuning in!    Works sited:  First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training. AASAS, 2011.  Pain to Power: Using Public Narrative and Community Organizing to Create a More Equitable World. Kathryn Evans, Ja’Nae Bates.  NSAC Conference, 2021.  http://www.nationalsexualassaultconference.org/2021/06/27/pain-to-power-using-public-narrative-and-community-organizing-to-create-a-more-equitable-world/ https://www.calgarywomensshelter.com/images/pdf/cwesResistancebookletfinalweb.pdf 
Thanks for checking out the second season of Let the Truth Talk. When dismantling the myths around sexual violence, the facts should always come first. This season your hosts Tara and Tandia will be talking about some common misconceptions around sexual violence in our society. These misconceptions can prevent victims from speaking out, seeking help and holding perpetrators responsible for the assault.  Getting the facts and dismantling these myths are an important step in ending sexual violence, and finding ways to best support survivors of sexual violence.    Truth #7 - Someone incapacitated by alcohol or drugs cannot give consent  The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta.  Please let us know what you think of this episode in the comments and what you’d like to be featured in future seasons!  remember to like and subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and If you like what we’re doing please share our podcast.  You can find us at www.harmonyproject.ca or send us an email at YPS@ywcabanff.ca.   Thanks for tuning in!  Works Cited https://cfs-fcee.ca/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/Sexual-Violence-on-Campus.pdf https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4484270/ Fact Sheet- Sexual Assault and Harassment. Canadian Women’s Foundation. August 2016.  
Thanks for checking out the second season of Let the Truth Talk. When dismantling the myths around sexual violence, the facts should always come first. This season your hosts Tara and Tandia will be talking about some common misconceptions around sexual violence in our society. These misconceptions can prevent victims from speaking out, seeking help and holding perpetrators responsible for the assault.  Getting the facts and dismantling these myths are an important step in ending sexual violence, and finding ways to best support survivors of sexual violence.    Truth #6 - Alcohol is the substance used most frequently to facilitate sexual assault. The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta.  Please let us know what you think of this episode in the comments and what you’d like to be featured in future seasons!  remember to like and subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and If you like what we’re doing please share our podcast.  You can find us at www.harmonyproject.ca or send us an email at YPS@ywcabanff.ca.   Thanks for tuning in!   Works Cited http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/our-work/briefs/brief-20.html Fact Sheet- Sexual Assault and Harassment. Canadian Women’s Foundation. August 2016. 
Thanks for checking out the second season of Let the Truth Talk. When dismantling the myths around sexual violence, the facts should always come first. This season your hosts Tara and Tandia will be talking about some common misconceptions around sexual violence in our society. These misconceptions can prevent victims from speaking out, seeking help and holding perpetrators responsible for the assault.  Getting the facts and dismantling these myths are an important step in ending sexual violence, and finding ways to best support survivors of sexual violence.    Truth #5 - A person’s behaviour, attitude or appearance (dress/clothing) never provokes, invites or justifies sexual assault.  The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta.  Please let us know what you think of this episode in the comments and what you’d like to be featured in future seasons!  remember to like and subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and If you like what we’re doing please share our podcast.  You can find us at www.harmonyproject.ca or send us an email at YPS@ywcabanff.ca.   Thanks for tuning in!  Works Cited https://www.mic.com/articles/141781/here-are-9-times-clothing-was-blamed-for-sexual-assault-rather-than-the-obvious  https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/pub/85-002-x/2019001/article/00017-eng.htm  https://www.sexassault.ca/statistics.htm http://www.consented.ca/myths/provocative-clothing-is-a-risk-factor/  https://www.boredpanda.com/what-were-you-wearing-sexual-assault-art-exhibition/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organic 
Thanks for checking out the second season of Let the Truth Talk. When dismantling the myths around sexual violence, the facts should always come first. This season your hosts Tara and Tandia will be talking about some common misconceptions around sexual violence in our society. These misconceptions can prevent victims from speaking out, seeking help and holding perpetrators responsible for the assault.  Getting the facts and dismantling these myths are an important step in ending sexual violence, and finding ways to best support survivors of sexual violence.    Truth #4 - Sexual assault can happen in a committed relationship   The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta.  Please let us know what you think of this episode in the comments and what you’d like to be featured in future seasons!  remember to like and subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and If you like what we’re doing please share our podcast.  You can find us at www.harmonyproject.ca or send us an email at YPS@ywcabanff.ca.   Thanks for tuning in!  Works Cited https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/sexual-assault Fact Sheet- Sexual Assault and Harassment. Canadian Women’s Foundation. August 2016. 
Thanks for checking out the second season of Let the Truth Talk. When dismantling the myths around sexual violence, the facts should always come first. This season your hosts Tara and Tandia will be talking about some common misconceptions around sexual violence in our society. These misconceptions can prevent victims from speaking out, seeking help and holding perpetrators responsible for the assault.  Getting the facts and dismantling these myths are an important step in ending sexual violence, and finding ways to best support survivors of sexual violence.  Truth #3 - Most victims are sexually assaulted by someone they know.  In more than 80% of sexual assaults, the perpetrator is someone the victim knows.  The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta. Please let us know what you think of this episode in the comments and what you’d like to be featured in future seasons!  remember to like and subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and If  you like what we’re doing please share our podcast.  You can find us at www.harmonyproject.ca or send us an email at YPS@ywcabanff.ca.  Thanks for tuning in! Works Cited  Sexual Assault Statistics in Canada. SexAssault.ca  https://www.sexassault.ca/statistics.htm Bill C-46: Records Applications Post-Mills, A Caselaw Review. Department of Justice, Government of Canada. July 2015.  https://www.justice.gc.ca/eng/rp-pr/csj-sjc/ccs-ajc/rr06_vic2/p3_4.html Gender-based violence and unwanted sexual behavior in Canada, 2018: Initial findings from the Survey of Safety in Public and Private Spaces. Statistics Canada. 2019.  https://www150.statcan.gc.ca/n1/daily-quotidien/191205/dq191205b-eng.htm  Fact Sheet- Sexual Assault and Harassment. Canadian Women’s Foundation. August 2016. 
Thanks for checking out the second season of Let the Truth Talk. When dismantling the myths around sexual violence, the facts should always come first. This season your hosts Tara and Tandia will be talking about some common misconceptions around sexual violence in our society. These misconceptions can prevent victims from speaking out, seeking help and holding perpetrators responsible for the assault.  Getting the facts and dismantling these myths are an important step in ending sexual violence, and finding ways to best support survivors of sexual violence.  Truth # 2- Sexual assault is never an accident. It's an intentional choice.  Our culture has become accustomed to blaming victims for abuse rather than the perpetrators. The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta. Please let us know what you think of this episode in the comments and what you’d like to be featured in future seasons!  remember to like and subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and If  you like what we’re doing please share our podcast.  You can find us at www.harmonyproject.ca or send us an email at YPS@ywcabanff.ca.  Thanks for tuning in! Works Cited Fact Sheet- Sexual Assault and Harassment. Canadian Women’s Foundation. August 2016.  
Thanks for checking out the second season of Let the Truth Talk. When dismantling the myths around sexual violence, the facts should always come first. This season your hosts Tara and Tandia will be talking about some common misconceptions around sexual violence in our society. These misconceptions can prevent victims from speaking out, seeking help and holding perpetrators responsible for the assault.  Getting the facts and dismantling these myths are an important step in ending sexual violence, and finding ways to best support survivors of sexual violence.  Truth #1 - Anyone can be sexually assaulted.  Sexual assault is not just a women's problem.  Listen in to find out where this myth came from and what the truths are behind it.  The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta. Please let us know what you think of this episode in the comments and what you’d like to be featured in future seasons!  remember to like and subscribe to be notified of future episodes, and If  you like what we’re doing please share our podcast.  You can find us at www.harmonyproject.ca or send us an email at YPS@ywcabanff.ca.  Thanks for tuning in! Works Cited:When Males Have Been Sexually Abused as Children- A Guide for Men. National Clearinghouse on Family Violence Public Health Agency of Canada, 2008. Ottawa, ON.  Men and Sexual Assault. Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services. Summary of Key Findings Prevalence of Sexual Assault and Child Sexual Abuse in Alberta. Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services, 2020.  
In our final episode of season 1, Tara & Tandia talk with Graeme from Sacred Sons.  The Sacred Sons are a group that help men grow and awaken to their true power through circles, workshops, retreats, and online courses.    In our conversation, we talk about what it means to be a male feminist, why its important men find a space to share and connect with other men, the importance of modelling behaviour and what a culture of consent could look like with the male perspective.   For more information on this group please check out https://www.sacredsons.com  After our conversation with Graeme, we reflect on the past month and our key takeaways from Sexual Violence Awareness Month.   For Tandia it was that it’s never too early to teach consent, “no” is a full answer, and the importance of setting personal boundaries.  For Tara it was the importance of modelling this behaviour, calling it out when we see consent not being respected in the media and the impact of practicing everyday consent in daily life.    We are thrilled with the response to our first season and look forward to another in the near future.  If you have ideas or would like to collaborate with us please reach out.   We can be reached through our website www.harmonyproject.ca   The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta. 
In today's episode we have conversations with 4 guests who represent different vulnerable populations in our community.  Within our definition of vulnerable populations, we are including seniors, BIPOC, newcomers & immigrants, LGBTQ+ and individuals with disabilities.  The reason we chose to do an episode on vulnerable populations was that we know these demographics experience higher rates of violence.  We wanted to explore how our we as a community can come together and practice everyday consent while learning about the unique needs of each vulnerable group. Our conversation with Jessia Arsenio brought up the topic of why newcomers or those working in the hospitality sector may be vulnerable based on their circumstances. We talk with River Lachland who helps facilitate a group called Queers and Allies based out of Lake Louise.  Ria-Mae speaks about the importance of consent within the spiritual and indigenous community.    We also had a conversation with Brenda Sutherland who is the Senior & Geriatric Mental Health advisor with AHS and we talked about how we can practice consent with our senior population.  For more information or to get in touch with our guests please see their contact information below   Jessia Arsenio:  https://twitter.com/jessiaarsenio?lang=en @jessiaarsenio on Instagram River Lachland: https://www.lakelouiselife.ca to sign up for Queers and Allies meet-ups @riverlachlan on Instagram Ria-Mae Long: houseofmem.com spiritenergymedicine.com hollowbonehealinglodge.com Brenda Sutherland :AHS Bow Valley Addiction & Mental Health – 403-678-4696  https://albertahealthservices.ca/  The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta. www.harmonyproject.ca
In this episode of Let the Truth Talk we talk with Dr. Melissa Jay from Canmore Counselling.  Our conversation goes through the importance of learning to set your own personal boundaries, how dating had changed over the last 20 years, healthy relationships and the relationship between land acknowledgments and consent.   For more information about the trainings and services provided by Canmore Counselling please check out https://www.canmorecounselling.com.  If you would like to reach out to Melissa, please email welcome@canmorecounselling.com For more information on the Harmony Project check out our website www.harmonyproject.ca     Follows us on social media @ywcabanff     The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta.    If you have questions, comments or want to talk to either Tandia or Tara please email us at    Tara@ywcabanff.ca or Tandiay@ywcabanff.ca   These are the sources that we referenced in todays episode:Susanna Barataki https://www.susannabarkataki.com/ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGoWLWS4-kU
Today, Tandia & Tara are speaking with Jenna Boucher.  Jenna is a great resource when talking about the importance of everyday consent.  In this episode we define informed consent, talk about how consent is being demonstrated during the pandemic, the impacts of the porn industry and consent in the workplace. For more information on the Harmony Project check out our website www.harmonyproject.ca     Follows us on social media @ywcabanff The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta.If you have questions, comments or want to talk to either Tandia or Tara please email us at  Tara@ywcabanff.ca or Tandiay@ywcabanff.ca These are the sources referenced or used as research for this episode:https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/54944.The_Ethical_Slut Ethical Porn referenced in podcast https://pinklabel.tv https://onlyfans.com/about https://www.bellesa.co https://findyourpleasure.com/aural-erotica/   @handsoffng @sexelducation @sexedwithsarah https://www.forbes.com/sites/kalevleetaru/2019/07/28/social-media-has-normalized-the-idea-of-sharing-without-consent/?sh=70370d881910 Understanding Consent https://www.campuswell.com/practice-consent-self-empowerment/ https://blogs.dal.ca/openthink/quarantine-and-chill-how-to-stay-safe-on-dating-apps-during-coronavirus/ Emily F. Rothman: How porn changes the way teens think about sex What is Consent? 
On today's episode of Let the Truth Talk, Tara & Tandia are speaking with Megan Jenniex who is a Success Coach with Right From The Start.   Our conversation goes though the importance of having early conversations with your kids about consent and boundaries.  We touch on why we should teach proper body anatomy, the power of giving kids choices and tips for parents/guardians who want to start these conversations.   For more information about Right from the Start check out https://www.crps.ca/Right%20from%20the%20Start.php  For more information on the Harmony Project check out our website www.harmonyproject.ca     Follows us on social media @ywcabanff The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta.If you have questions, comments or want to talk to either Tandia or Tara please email us at  Tara@ywcabanff.ca or Tandiaywcabanff.ca   Sources mentioned in today's episode were  https://aboutconsent.com/episode/ep-26-porn-literacy-parenting/  @consentparenting  https://gerigr.org/parent-tool-kit/ Gender Equity Reading Initiative (GERI) Story Times https://teachingsexualhealth.ca/ https://www.gse.harvard.edu/news/uk/18/12/consent-every-age https://www.healthline.com/health/parenting/consent-at-every-age#late-elementary-and-middle-school consent for kids ‘Porn stars’ deployed in New Zealand government’s online safety campaign https://www.11thprincipleconsent.org/consent-propaganda/its-100-okay-to-say-no-to-hugs/ https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/parents/bodies https://birdsandbeesandkids.com/free-tips/ 
The Harmony Project brings together local service providers working towards ending sexual violence in our community.  Our first season follows along with Sexual Violence Awareness Month which happens each May in Alberta.  This year our theme is “Consent through the Ages”.   The Harmony Project believes that anyone at any age can practice and teach consent in everyday life.    In this episode meet your hosts Tandia & Tara and find out why they feel everyday consent is so important.  Learn about what a culture of consent looks like and what they have planned for the rest of the season.   For more information on the Harmony Project check out our website www.harmonyproject.ca     Follows us on social media @ywcabanff The Harmony Project’s diverse stakeholders through expertise and experience are working together to end sexualized violence in the Bow Valley.  The Harmony Project is funded by the Ministry of Community and Social Services on behalf of the Government of Alberta.If you have questions, comments or want to talk to either Tandia or Tara please email us at  Tara@ywcabanff.ca or Tandiay@ywcabanff.ca 
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