about the stop campaign

education

We create and provide educational material and resources to share with the community.

Activism

We lead peer led education and activism programs where we advocate for the safety of students.

empowerment

We run an empowerment program which aims to create a safe space for victim-survivors of sexual violence.

Awareness

We raise awareness around sexual violence and sexual wellbeing through channels such as public events and social media.

who are we?

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The STOP Campaign is a grassroots movement empowering young people to create and sustain positive socio-cultural change regarding sex and sexual violence through starting conversations and breaking down stigmas. We are focused on tackling sexual violence in Australian learning communities through empowerment, education, activism and awareness. We are a volunteer-run intersectional feminist organisation that values intersectionality, integrity, respect and passion. 

Since our inception in 2018, The STOP Campaign has successfully implemented a number of projects in the ACT. These include the creation of educational materials and resources on safe sex and consent, sexual violence, and sex positivity; facilitating peer-led education sessions in university colleges; facilitating programs for young people (particularly victim-survivors) focused on empowerment and confidence; and building a platform for victim-survivors in our community to publicly share their experiences and journeys towards healing. This year, we commenced our Safe Response Toolkit, a resource catered to provide information to victim-survivors and their supporters on how to access support services and navigate the reporting options available in the ACT.

Our goal for the next 12 months is to expand our outreach and audience to the wider Canberra community, through continuing our ongoing projects such as the Empowerment Program, College Program and Safe Response Toolkit. We will continue to be led by students and young people, as we believe this allows us to connect with those in learning communities through shared lived experiences. Learning communities play a vital role in the formation of people’s worldviews and as they enter and exit these environments, we aim to create a long-lasting positive impact on their lives.

what are our goals?

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Activism 

  • Foster relationships with external stakeholders, organisations and community groups working towards similar goals.

  • Holding institutions to account in how they prevent and respond to sexual violence in their environment.

  • Promote socio-cultural change in institutions internal processes and practices that can:

    • aid in the prevention of sexual violence,

    • prioritise and support the wellbeing of victim-survivors,

    • make reporting of sexual violence safe and accessible,

    • provide opportunity for restorative justice for victim-survivors,

    • reduce vicarious trauma and burnout, and

    • work towards the rehabilitation of perpetrators.

  • Work to bring about broader structural change through engagement in government and community advisory groups.  

  • Create and sustain positive socio-cultural change through public engagement strategies. 

  • Advocate for victim-survivors through engagement with media. 

 

Awareness 

  • Raise awareness and destigmatise conversations surrounding sexual violence and sexual wellbeing through:

    • public engagement strategies to inform and engage the wider community,

    • planning and facilitating public events,

    • organisational publications such as The STOP Campaign Zine and Video series,

    • engagement with media, and 

    • providing educational resources that are accessible to individuals from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. 

  • Raise awareness on the importance of trauma-informed, culturally sensitive, and inclusive language when discussing issues of sexual violence and sexual wellbeing. 

 

Empowerment

  • Provide avenues for victim-survivors to share their stories safely through creative mediums, such as through publications, with media and public events. 

  • Create safe, autonomous spaces for members of our community, including victim-survivors.

    • Create a safe space where victim-survivors feel able to connect with each other, ultimately building a supportive community of like-minded individuals. 

    • Provide and facilitate programs that cultivate growth, foster empowerment and build a supportive community.

  • Develop and facilitate workshops, in collaboration with community stakeholders, that can be delivered to diverse community groups, including empowerment of victim-survivors, high school students and cis and trans women and non-binary people. 

 

Education

  • Develop and facilitate peer-based advocacy initiatives and events that educate young people in the community.

    • Facilitate safe, trauma-informed conversations surrounding topics of responding to disclosures, reporting sexual violence, vicarious trauma, and being an effective bystander.

    • Destigmatise having open conversations about sexual wellbeing, enthusiastic consent, sexuality, sexual pleasure, bodily autonomy and respectful relationships. 

  • Provide educational resources to external stakeholders, organisations and community members.

  • Be proactive, working to constantly review and improve our strategies through seeking and applying feedback.