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Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Resources
At AUSU, we are aware of increasing incidents of sexual and gender-based violence, resulting from the economic downturn, and further exacerbated by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. In recent months, sexual and gender-based violence has been escalating in what the UN has deemed a “shadow pandemic.” In many countries, resources have been diverted from domestic violence supports to the COVID-19 effort, despite increased calls to domestic violence hotlines and shelters worldwide, including Canada.
Despite studying online, AU students are not immune to sexual and gender-based violence in their daily lives—whether in the home, in their jobs, and in the outside world. We are also aware that while students of all backgrounds and socioeconomic levels may be affected, many communities face disproportionate rates of violence, as well as systemic barriers to resources, including the often-overlapping BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+, and disabled communities.
To helps address these issues, our AUSU VPEX Natalia Iwanek has developed an extensive list of resources across Canada to support survivors of sexual and gender-based violence.
For more info visit the AUSU website here.
Our next AUSUnights Virtual Student Social is coming up next week!
AUSUnights are a great opportunity to connect with AU fellow students through Zoom, play some fun trivia games, and get a chance to win some prizes and swag from your Students’ Union!
Upcoming Dates and Times
Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 5:00 MT (7:00 pm ET)
- Thursday, March 11, 2021 at 5:00 MT (7:00pm ET)
- Thursday, April 15, 2021 at 5:00 MT (7:00pm ET)
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite to the virtual meeting room. Be sure to specify which date you wish to attend.
AUSU 2021 Contest – Enter to Win $250!
AUSU is giving away $10,000 in prizes to AU students to help ring in the new year! We want to hear from AU students about what inspires them while studying at Athabasca University.
Enter to win one of 40 Amazon Gift Cards worth $250 each.
How to Enter the Contest:
2. Tag @AUStudentsUnion in your post.
3. Be automatically entered to win a $250 Amazon gift card (40 available)!
Deadline to Enter: February 10, 2021
Must be a current AU undergraduate student to qualify. Students who enter the contest agree to allow AUSU and AU to reshare their post on AUSU social media platforms. Winners will be selected by random draw after the contest closes.