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PEI's Sexual Assault Awareness Week creates space where we can continue developing cultures of consent through inclusive community based education, radical empowerment of survivors and their stories, and coming together to support one another in our unique healing journeys as survivors of sexual and gender based violence.

Details Below.

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what i would tell my rapist

September 17th to 30th
with Gallery opening the 17th @ 7:00pm

Join us September 17th at 7:00 pm in the Hilda Woolnough Gallery as we mark PEI's third annual Sexual Assault Awareness Week with our photography exhibit opening what i would tell my rapist. This exhibit was done in collaboration with Sugar Sugar Boudoir, survivors, and activists. Light refreshments will be served. 


The exhibition will run from September 17th to the 30th.

The Hilda Woolnough Gallery is located on the lower level of The Guild at 111 Queen Street, centrally located in downtown Charlottetown.

We're grateful for the support from :


Venus Envy
Workshop Series

Venus Envy believes that knowledge is one of the best tools you can have to enjoy a healthy and satisfying sex life. To that end, they offer our workshops as an educational forum where people can ask questions and share their experiences in a safe, non-judgmental environment. During SAAW we're thrilled to be wokring with Venus Envy's sexual health educator Rachele Manett (they / she) to bring four workshops to the Island: Everybody's Doing It: Sex & Disability, Whip It Good: BDSM & Kink 101, & Hooking Up on Campus: Student Q & A's with both UPEI and Holland College.

Rachele Manett (they/she) is a queer and disabled sex educator, and the host of That Sex Show on AMI-TV. They are the education coordinator at Venus Envy, where they organize and facilitate workshops, lectures and consultation for community, health care professionals, universities, and whoever else is looking for some form of sex education. 


Monday, September 18th - 
Wednesday, September 20th


Hooking up can be hard. How do you know when they are interested, if you are interested, and how to move from any mutual interest to some consensual mutual touching? In this workshop we'll talk dating, flirting, communication, rejection, and what to do if and when you get to the mutual touching. We know there is a lot of pressure to hook up on campus, and we want you to feel comfortable with whatever hooking up means for you if you decide to do it!

Location: University of Prince Edward Island

Open to UPEI Students.

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Monday, September 18th

Sex, Disability & Chronic Pain

It’s a persistent myth that good sex should be spontaneous and involve (at least!) one partner hanging upside down with their legs wrapped around their ears. At Venus Envy, we know that everyone can and deserves to have sex, regardless of ability, shape, size, race, gender and sexual orientation, and work to provide better information about sex than what we’ve been told. We’ll focus on bodies often left out of the conversation, and discuss tips, tricks and common concerns about sex for the disability and chronic pain community. This workshop is open to people of any gender, sexuality and anatomy, but will prioritize disabled experiences. 

Admission is by donation to the Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Shelter in Lennox Island.

Tuesday, September 19th

Location: Charlottetown Learning Library Centre, Rotary Auditorium A

Open to the general public, please pre-register at Eventbrite.

Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Light refreshments provided.

Relationships and Hooking Up - Live Q&A

The sex education we may or may not have gotten in highschool likely left us with lots to be desired. And while we have access to so much more information now about sex and relationships, it can be hard to decipher what is accurate and what's not. Join Rachele from Venus Envy for a live Q&A, and bring questions you have about sex, relationships, hook ups, sexuality, gender identity, and much more. 

Questions will be collected through an anonymous QR code form, so bring a smartphone or tablet that can access the internet in order to participate. 

Location: Holland College, Room 35 W

Open to: Holland College Students

Time: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

And holy cats, there's gunna be free pizza.

Wednesday, September 20th

BDSM 101: Intro to Kink

Wednesday, September 20th

This is a beginner-level workshop for those with an active interest in BDSM, although experienced kinksters can still learn something. We will discuss terms and definitions, communication and negotiating boundaries, safety and safe-words, and aftercare, and we’ll talk about a bit about resources for further learning. This workshop is participatory in nature, but participation is not required to attend!

Admission is by donation to the Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Shelter in Lennox Island.

Location: 5th Wave Espresso & Tea Bar

Time: 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Open to the general public.
Please pre-register at Eventbrite


March, Market, & Mayhem

Thursday, September 21st

Take Back The Night is the oldest worldwide movement to stand against sexual violence.

Join us at Carriage House at 5:00 pm for our annual march against sexual and gender based violence.  Those that unable to join the march are invited to hold the space until the march returns.  Following the march there will be speeches and spoken word from local activists and artists amidst a feminist marketplace of local crafts, art, and feminist novelties. The evening will end with a youth focused all ages show featuring island punk bands and musicians. 

Location: Beaconsfeild, Carriage House

Time: 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Open to the general public.

Full event schedule to come.

Creating Cultures
of Consent

Friday, September 22nd

A panel discussion with the folks from Pathways to Thrive about how we nurture, create, and at times challenge cultures of consent within communities that have been made marginalized. The panel will be facilitated by Evelyn Bradley with Bradley Consulting.

Pathways to Thrive is a five-year community-based research project led by the PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC). It started in April 2021 and is funded by Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) Canada. Pathways To Thrive focuses on adapting and evaluating therapeutic ‘promising practices to be more culturally safe and identity-affirming for under-served survivors of gender-based violence on PEI.

Our incredible panelists:

  • Anastasia (she/her) is the Trans Community Outreach Coordinator for P.E.E.R.S. Alliance.

  • Jasonique (she/her) is the Peer Support Coordinator at the Black Cultural Society of PEI.

  • Madlene (she/her), from Lennox Island First Nation, is the Peer Support Worker at Aboriginal Women’s Association PEI.

  • Maria (she/her) is the Peer Support Worker at BIPOC USHR.

  • Pam (she/her) is the Project Coordinator of Pathways To Thrive.

Admission is by donation to the Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Shelter in Lennox Island.

Location: Beaconsfeild, Carriage House

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Open to the general public.

Light Refreshments provided.

Register here.

Writing Transfeminine
Pleasure and Revolt

Saturday, September 30th

*Please note the date has been changed from the 23rd to the 30th to allow our community more time to heal.

In this two hour virtual workshop, participants will explore poetic writing as embodied relation and activist resistance. Situating our lives within a history of transfeminine artistry and activism across so-called Canada, we will center pleasure, healing, hope, and revolt to imagine counter-narratives and alternative futures for trans communities in the Atlantic region.


CW: This workshop may include discussions of transmisogyny, survival sex, and colonial, social, and sexual violence.

Daze Jefferies (she/her) is a white settler artist, writer, and educator born and raised in the Bay of Exploits on the northeast coast of rural Ktaqmkuk (Newfoundland). Author of the poetry chapbook Water/Wept (Anstruther Press 2023) and co-author of Autoethnography and Feminist Theory at the Water’s Edge: Unsettled Islands (Palgrave 2018), she has also been published in Hustling Verse: An Anthology of Sex Workers' Poetry, Feral Feminisms, Riddle Fence, The Dalhousie Review, Arc, and the League of Canadian Poets’ Visual Poetry Chapbook. She is a board member of Girls Rock NL and the Newfoundland and Labrador Queer Research Initiative, a co-organizer of Peace Love n’ Pride, and a volunteer at the Safe Harbour Outreach Project.

Admission is by donation to the Chief Mary Bernard Memorial Shelter in Lennox Island.

Location: Zoom

Open to Transfemmes &  Trans Women, please register here.

Time: 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Charlottetown Burlesque:
Resist, Revolt, Rebel

As part of PEI Rape & Sexual Assault Centre’s Sexual Assault Awareness Week & Take Back the Night, PEIRSAC is producing a weekend performance with Charlottetown Burlesque to create two evenings that embody therapeutic revolution, erotic rebellion, and a gosh darn bawdy revolt. Join us as we lean deeply into sexual freedom and physical reclamation on September 22nd and the 23rd. 


The troupe is reimagining lyrics from influential feminist bangers from over the decades such as "You Don't Own Me", "Feel A Sin Comin' On", "Je Cherche Une Homme", among others. The Saturday show will feature a one-hour feminist happy hour from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, featuring music from folk-punk harpist Beatty, drink specials, canapes, and special guest performances from Alicia Toner & Kinley Dowling. Tickets are higher for the Saturday event to reflect the additional benefits.

Location: The Guild

Friday the 22nd doors open at 8:00 pm, show starts at 8:30 pm. 

$30.00  +HST


Saturday the 23rd features feminist happy hour with drink specials, canapés & entertainment in the Wilda Woolnaugh Gallery from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, show starts at 8:30 pm.

$40.00 +HST

Tickets available through The Guild's box office.


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The 5th Wave Espresso and Tea Bar

PEI Coalition for Women in Government 

Prince Edward Island Advisory Council on the Status of Women

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