Internet Pornography Targets Youth

The Internet has brought pornography to a far bigger and more vulnerable audience than ever before.  Technology has made the multi-billion dollar porn industry more accessible, more secretive, and available to far younger people.  According to Chris Hedges, author of The Empire of Illusion, The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle, “the largest… Read more »

Moments That Inspire

Youth mentors involved in the Pass It On project are an inspired group. They are finding ways to spend time with their mentees/buddies that are both creative and practical.  Here are some of their ideas:- Go to the library and look for a book to engage each other’s passion in art Make a dinner together… Read more »

Deaths of Aboriginal Teens Rise in British Columbia

The last week of January was a tough week here in British Columbia.  On January 22nd, eighteen-year old Tyeshia Jones from the Cowichan Tribes, was murdered near Duncan.  On January 27th, seventeen year-old Chassidy Charlie of the Cheslatta Carrier Nation was murdered in Burns Lake. Two young Aboriginal women with promising lives and futures were… Read more »

R+R Program evaluated in International Journal

We’re pretty proud of SWOVA’s R+R program and it turns out that we have reason to be.  Recently a review of the evaluation results for our program by Buote and Berglund, was published in the international Journal of Education, Citizenship and Social Justice.  The article points out how the program is helping promote healthy relationships, including… Read more »

The Bystander Effect?

A sexual assault in Pitt Meadows, British Columbia in September has aroused much concern and discussion.  A young woman aged sixteen was drugged and sexually assaulted at a party by a group of young men. It was videotaped and posted on the internet.  The result has been devastating for the young woman.  As people line… Read more »

Hello World!

SWOVA – Saltspring Women Opposed to Violence and Abuse – is moving into the 21st century! This will be our blog and we’ll also be adding a twitter account to help those who care about eliminating violence.  We hope you join us and build our community online. We plan to write about education, prevention, community… Read more »