About The Draw-the-Line Campaign
‘Draw-the-Line’ is an interactive campaign that aims to engage Ontarians in dialogue about sexual violence. The campaign challenges common myths about sexual violence and equips bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively.

Sexual violence is a reality in Ontario. It is present in every city and community across the province and impacts the lives of our friends, family members and colleagues. Sexual violence can and must be eradicated.

To end sexual violence in Ontario, we must not simply react, but prevent it.

With this in mind, Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF) and the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) produced a dynamic sexual violence prevention campaign. In developing the campaign, they consulted extensively with service providers, grassroots organizations, advocates and survivors. The intent was to create a campaign that represents the ethnic, linguistic, cultural, sexual, economic, and geographic diversity of Ontario.

DTL ATV is part of Phase II of the Draw-the-Line campaign.

What is Draw-The-Line - Against Transphobic Violence?
Draw-the-Line – Against Transphobic Violence (DTL ATV) is one element of the Draw-the-Line Campaign, a bystander focused, sexual violence prevention, public awareness campaign designed to provide information and provoke discussion around the existence of sexual violence in our communities, and strategies to intervene safely and effectively.

Draw-the-Line – Against Transphobic Violence provides materials that encourage bystanders to recognize and intervene in transphobic violence as part of the broader Draw-the-Line campaign.

Why Transphobic Violence?
DTL ATV is particularly focused on starting conversation around sexual and transphobic violence impacting trans women. It was designed in response to the trans community’s increased need for support, awareness, safety and allyship. While statistics paint a grim picture of the reality of many trans people’s daily lives in Canada, the stories of trans women’s survival and successes, often in the face of great adversity and minimal support, go largely unheard.

An initial survey by the Trans Pulse Project (http://transpulseproject.ca/), the only trans-specific health project in Ontario, revealed a number of disturbing statistics showing 20% of trans Ontarians have been the targets of physical or sexual assaults. Of those who have ever experienced physical or sexual assault, 47% were more likely to have considered suicide, and 29% had actually attempted it in the year leading up to the study.

As a microcosm of the larger society, schools are not immune to this violence. They reflect alarming realities for trans and gender creative children and youth. Egale Canada’s Every Class in Every School: Final Report on the First National Climate Survey on Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia in Canadian Schools showed that almost three-quarters (74%) of trans youth surveyed had been verbally harassed about their gender expression. More than a third (37%) of trans youth had been physically harassed or assaulted due to their expressed gender. The report also revealed that 49% of trans youth reported having been sexually harassed in the past year (compared to 16.6% of female non-LGBTQ youth). Given the implications of this data on the health and safety of our children and youth, it’s important for schools and communities take proactive, preventative action to create safer, more inclusive environments for trans youth, particularly transwomen, and LGBTQ people more generally.

Egale Canada believes these statistics only begin to outline the huge obstacles facing many trans individuals in their daily lives: obstacles like bullying, discrimination, verbal, physical and sexual assault and violence. Trans women and girls are often subject to the same potential for sexual violence as their cisgender counterparts, yet they also face the added stigma and challenges associated with simply being trans.

While trans individuals and their stories are becoming more popular in media representations, these rarely do justice to the authentic realities faced by trans people. Instead media representations focus on an extreme and often offensive depiction of trans persons as sexual objects, sexual deviants, deserving victims, freaks of science, and worse. DTL ATV is designed to help fill the silence around the inclusion of trans women in our communities, encourage conversation around how bystanders can play a part in doing so, and decrease the rates of targeted discrimination of trans women.

At the heart of the DTL – ATV are several goals:

To provide information and opportunities for discussion amongst allies regarding the importance and impact of bystander intervention and the prevention of sexual and transphobic violence.
To provide opportunities and discussion for learning regarding trans identities, the inclusion of trans people in Canadian society, and the role of the individual in the creation of safer and more trans-inclusive communities.
To encourage everyone to support trans communities and their allies in their work of creating safer and more inclusive communities for us all.

The DTL-ATV was created as part of a multi-element public education campaign, meaning there are multiple campaign resources created to be most effective when used in conjunction with one another.

DTL ATV materials include:

5 DTL – ATV Scenario Postcards and Posters – for use in the classroom and school.
2 DTL – ATV Videos (Hallway Harassment & Bathroom Panic) – for viewing and discussion in the classroom.
1 DTL – ATV Trans Women Speak Out Video – exploring first-hand accounts of trans women’s experiences with sexual and transphobic violence, and    providing further information for educators regarding trans identities and the campaign as a whole.
1 DTL – ATV Guide for Educators Working with Youth to Support Bystander Intervention in Transphobic and Sexual Violence (aka Educators’ Guide) –    this document contains:
4 Lesson Plans (focused on Postcards and videos, respectively)
Ontario Curriculum Connections Chart
Background information and resources on trans identities and violence prevention.
DTL – ATV Website – Check http://dtl.egale.ca for downloadable resources and links to community services for those that need support.


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LGBTQ Youthline
Youth Line offers confidential and non-judgemental peer support through our telephone, text and chat services. Get in touch with a peer support volunteer from Sunday to Friday, 4:00PM to 9:30 PM.
Egale Youth Outreach
Mental Health Counselling and Drop-in Centre for LGBTQ2S Youth experiencing homelessness.
Trans Lifeline
We run a hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. Trans Lifeline volunteers are ready to respond to whatever support needs members of our community might have.
Draw the Line
‘Draw The Line’ is an interactive campaign that aims to engage Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence. 

Days of Significance

Pink Shirt Day, February
Bullying is a major problem in our schools, workplaces, homes, and over the Internet. Over the month of February, CKNW aims to raise awareness of these issues through various initiatives centered around our “Pink Shirt Day” campaign.
International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 31
International Transgender Day of Visibility is an annual holiday occurring on March 31[1][2] dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of discrimination faced by transgender people worldwide.
Day of Silence, April
The GLSEN Day of Silence is a student-led national event that brings attention to anti-LGBT name-calling, bullying and harassment in schools.
International Day of Pink, Second Wednesday in April
Sexual Assault Awareness Month, May
International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia, May 17
Stonewall Riots Anniversary, June 28
Ally Week, October 
Spirit Day, October
National Coming Out Day, October 11
Intersex Awareness Day, October 26 
Intersex Day of Remembrance, November 8
International Day Against Violence Against Women, November 15
Transgender Day of Remembrance, November 20
National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women (Canada), December 6
Human Rights Day, December 10

DTL – ATV Trans Inclusion Workshops

As part of the DTL – ATV project, Egale Canada Human Rights Trust is hosting community dialogues about creating safer school spaces for each of the English speaking Public and Catholic school regions in Ontario.  These are funded by the Government of Ontario and are designed for groups of 30 participants, both students and educators, from across each region.  Participants will meet within their region for a full day of dynamic and interactive conversations covering a variety of exciting topics, including:
•        Exploring LGBTQ language and concepts
•        Understanding & practicing consent
•        Recognizing transphobic & sexual violence
•        Practicing strategies for bystander intervention 
•        Developing practical inclusion tools, and addressing common concerns
•        Building on foundational resources and materials



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