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Online Modules & Videos

Our selection of online learning modules and videos are a great way to self-educate on issues related to sexual violence, healthy relationships, and gender and sexual diversity.

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Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children (Western University)

Domestic Violence in the Workplace View Module

The online training program offered here will assist in preparing everyone in the workplace to not only recognize signs of domestic violence, but also how to respond and seek help when workers are experiencing domestic violence.”

LinkedIn Learning

Members of the McMaster community can use their MacID and password to access high-quality courses on LinkedIn Learning. See selected courses below for an introduction to topics related to sexual violence.

Being a Male Ally at Work View Module

“As a male ally, you can help boost diversity by chipping away at the systems that perpetuate everyday unconscious bias. In this course, Emilie Aries shares simple actions you can take right away to further gender equality in your workplace.”

Going from Bystander to Upstander View Module

“By going from bystander to upstander—someone who holds their coworkers accountable for bad behavior—you can turn a toxic workplace into a supportive environment where employees are able to do their best work.”

Preventing Harassment in the Workplace View Module

“In this course, Catherine Mattice Zundel explains how to approach this critical topic so that real, positive change can occur at your organization…Discover how to help prevent harassment by placing a greater focus on culture in conjunction with policy and training.”

Planned Parenthood

TED & TEDx Talks

3 Ways to Be a Better Ally in the Workplace Watch Now

“We’re taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that’s not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate Melinda Epler, and it’s up to each of us to be allies for those who face discrimination.”

A Call To Men Watch Now

Content note: description of sexual assault

“At TEDWomen, Tony Porter makes a call to men everywhere: Don’t “act like a man.” Telling powerful stories from his own life, he shows how this mentality, drummed into so many men and boys, can lead men to disrespect, mistreat and abuse women and each other.”

How To Have a Healthier, Positive Relationship to Sex Watch Now

Content note: sexual content

“Our ideas about sex need an upgrade, say sex educators (and hilarious women) Tiffany Kagure Mugo and Siphumeze Khundayi. For a radical new take on sex positivity, the duo take the TED stage to suggest we look to Africa for erotic wisdom both ancient and modern.”

Me Too is a Movement, Not a Moment Watch Now

“In 2006, Tarana Burke was consumed by a desire to do something about the sexual violence she saw in her community. She took out a piece of paper, wrote “Me Too” across the top and laid out an action plan for a movement centered on the power of empathy between survivors. More than a decade later, she reflects on what has since become a global movement.”

Men Need to Talk About Their Sexual Abuse Learn More

Content note: sexual assault

“Pastor Seth Shelley takes us on an emotional and at times difficult journey about male sexual violence. He brings forward his own story of sexual assault to ask men to open up about their personal stories too. Recorded at TEDxUNBC in Prince George, BC.”

A Short History of Trans People's Long Fight for Equality Learn More

“Transgender activist and TED Resident Samy Nour Younes shares the remarkable, centuries-old history of the trans community, filled with courageous stories, inspiring triumphs — and a fight for civil rights that’s been raging for a long time.”

The Truth About Unwanted Arousal Watch More

Content note: sexual content

“Sex educator Emily Nagoski breaks down one of the most dangerous myths about sex and introduces us to the science behind arousal nonconcordance: when there’s a disconnect between physical response and the experience of pleasure and desire.”

The Urgency of Intersectionality Watch Now

“Now more than ever, it’s important to look boldly at the reality of race and gender bias — and understand how the two can combine to create even more harm. Kimberlé Crenshaw uses the term “intersectionality” to describe this phenomenon; as she says, if you’re standing in the path of multiple forms of exclusion, you’re likely to get hit by both.”

Violence Against Women—It's a Men's Issue Watch Now

“Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called “women’s issues.” But in this bold, blunt talk, Jackson Katz points out that these are intrinsically men’s issues — and shows how these violent behaviors are tied to definitions of manhood. A clarion call for us all — women and men — to call out unacceptable behavior and be leaders of change.”

What Women Believe About Their Own Sexual Pleasure Watch Now

Content note: sexual content, cis-normative language

“Why do girls feel empowered to engage in sexual activity but not to enjoy it? For three years, author Peggy Orenstein interviewed girls ages 15 to 20 about their attitudes toward and experiences of sex. She discusses the pleasure that’s largely missing from their sexual encounters and calls on us to close the “orgasm gap” by talking candidly with our girls.”

Why Kids Need to Learn About Gender and Sexuality Watch Now

“Lindsay Amer is the creator of “Queer Kid Stuff,” an educational video series that breaks down complex ideas around gender and sexuality through songs and metaphors. By giving kids and their families a vocabulary to express themselves, Amer is helping to create more empathetic adults — and spreading a message of radical acceptance in a world where it’s sometimes dangerous to just be yourself.”

How to Practice Safe Sexting Watch Now

“Sexting, like anything that’s fun, runs its risks — but a serious violation of privacy shouldn’t be one of them. Amy Adele Hasinoff looks at problematic responses to sexting in mass media, law and education, offering practical solutions for how individuals and tech companies can protect sensitive (and, ahem, potentially scandalous) digital files.”

Why Women Stay Silent After Sexual Assault Watch Now

Content note: description of sexual assault

“Why do women who experience sexual assault rarely speak up about it? “Because they fear they won’t be believed,” says Inés Hercovich…In this moving talk, she takes us inside an encounter with sexual assault to give us a clearer idea of what these situations really look like (In Spanish with English subtitles)”

Sex Needs a New Metaphor. Here's One... Watch Now

“For some reason, says educator Al Vernacchio, the metaphors for talking about sex in the US all come from baseball — scoring, getting to first base, etc. The problem is, this frames sex as a competition, with a winner and a loser. Instead, he suggests a new metaphor, one that’s more about shared pleasure, discussion and agreement, fulfillment and enjoyment. Let’s talk about … pizza.”

The Difference Between Healthy and Unhealthy Love Watch Now

“In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship—with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member—and shares the things you can do every day to love with respect, kindness and joy.”

Why We Need to Change the Way Young Men Think About Consent Watch No

“Referencing the workshops he conducts with boys and young men, Nathaniel illustrates the complexity of giving and receiving consent in sex and relationships. He shows how a focus on verbal and non-verbal communication skills can help boys to shift their perspective on sex and to realise that consent is something they can give too.”

Why I'm an Unhealthy Consent Deconstructor, Not a Consent Educator Watch Now

“Jonathan Kalin views himself not as a consent educator, but rather as an unhealthy consent deconstructor. His initial goal is not to teach a word for word definition of consent or even present creative ways to talk about consent, but rather to offer students a glimpse into our subconscious consent educators (culture, media, etc.), empathize as to why it’s so easy to ignore these “correct” definitions or to think they are unrealistic, and breakdown why some of these messages are so dangerous.”

How Online Abuse of Women has Spiraled Out of Control Watch Now

Content note: coarse and graphic language, and descriptions of sexual violence

“In this searching, powerful talk, Ashley Judd recounts her ongoing experience of being terrorized on social media for her unwavering activism and calls on citizens of the internet, the tech community, law enforcement and legislators to recognize the offline harm of online harassment.”

How We Can End Sexual Harassment at Work Watch Now

“When Gretchen Carlson spoke out about her experience of workplace sexual harassment, it inspired women everywhere to take their power back and tell the world what happened to them. In a remarkable, fierce talk, she tells her story — and identifies three specific things we can all do to create safer places to work.”

The Way We Think About Biological Sex is Wrong Watch Now

“At age 10, Emily Quinn found out she was intersex, and in this wise, funny talk, she shares eye-opening lessons from a life spent navigating society’s thoughtless expectations, doctors who demanded she get unnecessary surgery — and advocating for herself and the incredible variety that humans come in.”

Sexual Predators Edited My Photos into Porn--How I Fought Back Watch Now

Content note: coarse and graphic language

“Who is the person behind the porn photo? Did she consent to that image being shared and viewed by thousands? What is the impact on her life?”