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‘I will also be teaching about consent:’ Gender-Based Violence support group set to start at Mohawk.

Social Inc. at Mohawk College is home to the Gender-Based Violence Club.

This group aims to bring attention to the issue of gender-based violence within both the student body and the community. Led by Reshma Raj, a dedicated gender-based violence peer educator, the club aims to become an important part of the college community.

“Gender-based violence is something that most survivors are scared to come out and talk about,” Raj said.

Creating a safe and supportive environment is important to Raj. The focus is on making sure they make it comfortable for students and provide individuals with a space to openly discuss their experiences.

The group’s agenda includes a range of activities aimed at raising awareness and promoting education. Workshops, merchandise, seminars, and awareness campaigns are set to start soon to inform the public about the signs of abuse and the services for seeking help.

“I don’t think I need the group, but I think that it’s nice that Mohawk cares about its students and has such groups (for individuals),” student Janvi Patel said.

The Gender-Based Violence Club has an inclusive approach, addressing the concerns of men, women, and non-binary individuals. The club wants to be a platform for students to express themselves freely.

“We are going to be having a paint and learning session where we can paint and talk about anything,” Raj said. “In this session, I will also be teaching about consent because consent is very important.”

The official launch of the club is scheduled for the week of Nov. 12, with the detailed schedule available online and outside the Social Inc. room.

Raj emphasized the group’s commitment to reaching people in the digital world as well.

“We are also going to be teaching about consent on even digital platforms, so online dating apps like Tinder and social media in general,” Raj added.

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