Silence is Violence at York University was established in March 2015. The group is comprised of York University undergraduate and graduate students and staff. The group is survivor-led meaning that all initiatives and recommendations from the group begin with the experiences of survivors of sexual and gendered violence. This approach is more than merely ‘survivor-centric’ as survivors are placed in decision-making and leadership roles.
Silence is Violence at York University works with the aim of radically altering the culture of violence on university campuses across Canada. We acknowledge that the material consequences of the culture of sexual/gendered violence on campuses are magnified for those living at the intersections of gender and race, class, ability, sexual identity, or any other means of marking some bodies as ‘different’.
We take an anti-carceral and intersectional feminist approach to our work. We do not advocate for the further securitization of our university campuses or the further criminalization of racialized community members on our campus. We argue that the increase of police and security presence does more harm and fails to adequately address the root causes of sexual and gendered violence in our community.