I Don’t Owe You

Avalon is excited to announce the launch of five new Doesn’t Mean I Owe You posters.

The new posters came out of the work that was happening with youth in Dartmouth North, around issues pertaining to sexualized violence. Through the support of the province’s Sexualized Violence Strategy Prevention and Innovation grants, youth were supported in recognizing, naming, and addressing the issues that they were seeing in regards to entitlement, consent, and rape culture. Through workshops and supported discussions youth were able to come up with different scenarios for the posters that they recognized as common encounters for them and their peers. The concepts were then adapted into a second round of posters that we are excited to share with you. For more information about the campaign, or how you can get posters or a workshop for your school and/or organization please contact communityed@avaloncentre.ca

Avalon would like to thank the following for their contributions to the project:
– The Province of Nova Scotia
– Robyne Goreman, Project Coordinator
– Paige Cameron, Graphic Designer
– The Dartmouth North Boys and Girls Club 
– The youth of Dartmouth North

people in front of postersAt our Harmonizing: Collectively Resisting Sexualized Violence event we showcased two of our new campaigns that we’ve been launching at 17 schools as part of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

In engaging with 17 schools we were honouring the staggering statistic that a woman is raped every 17 minutes in Canada. In creating these educational tools, as part of our prevention work, we hope to spark conversations around entitlement, misogyny, language, coercion, consent, and bodily autonomy. The first campaign, “I Don’t Owe You” was designed by local artist Krista Davis. The second campaign, “Post-Sexism” was developed by a group of students in the Informatics program at Dalhousie University. Both campaigns can be used for educational purposes. Feel free to circulate and share widely while acknowledging the people behind the work!

Sharable Media

I Don't Owe You
Avalon received a Prevention Innovation Grant from the Province of Nova Scotia to continue community engagement and mobilization activities in Dartmouth North.  One of the projects included working with youth participants of the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Halifax.  Using the Doesn’t Mean I Owe You poster campaign Avalon facilitated group discussions on rape culture and consent culture.  The youth participants took the concepts they learned from the workshops and created a video to share with peers and their community to create further public awareness and sexual assault prevention.  Avalon Centre is proud to show case this video as an example of youth led sexual assault awareness and prevention initiatives.  Thanks to the youth participants from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Halifax for creating this video and taking a leadership role in engaging other youth in sexual assault awareness and prevention.

Poster Discontinued:

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre’s “I Don’t Owe You Campaign” is a sexualized violence/abuse awareness and prevention campaign that focuses on the complexities of sexual consent, misogyny, male entitlement, bodily autonomy, and empowerment.  The concepts for the campaign was identified from our work with youth and young adults through our community/school based education programming.   All of the images in the poster are of participants who consented to being photographed and portrayed in the campaign except for one.  The image linked with the message “Just because we danced close, made out, went back to your house…doesn’t mean I owe you” was taken from the internet.  Unfortunately, in doing this, Avalon Centre’s policies and guidelines for using public images and obtaining permission to use images from online were not followed.

Avalon sincerely regrets any inconvenience and further trauma the use of this image may have caused. Avalon strives to always act in ways that are non-judgemental, trauma-informed, and support empowerment.  It is unfortunate that this was not the case with the use of this image. Moving forward, we have ensured that all other participants in the campaign are in agreement of the use of their images.  We will ensure that our policies for obtaining permission for the use of public images and to gaining from individuals to appear in our campaigns is strictly and carefully followed.

Please note that we are discontinuing the use of this poster and ask that you remove it from your displays, resource distribution and social media sites. Above please find the new poster to use instead.