Regina YWCA has partnered with 15 bars,and pubs for their 2018 Sexual assault prevention campaign.
The Blamè campaign aims to end victim blaming and rape culture, and also aims to adopt a consent culture.
Senior Director of Operations for Regina YWCA Alexis Losie says it was important to start this program ahead of the May Long weekend.
“This campaign, any day of the year, is important, however it is sexual assault awareness week in Saskatchewan, so we wanted to partner it with that, as well as Regina has a very busy weekend ahead; it’s our May long weekend, Victoria day, and as well the Memorial Cup kicks off this weekend as well.”
YWCA is supplying coasters sporting the phrase “not asking for it” at participating bars and pubs during the long weekend.
Victoria’s Tavern Assistant General Manager Katie Strong says it’s not an overnight task to change the rape culture in Regina.
“Every little action counts, but you’re going to need everybody to put forth an effort to make an actual change, and I think that’s super important, and I think it’s good for us to all make that move.”
In 2017, Regina police received 185 sexual assault reports, up 26% from four years earlier.
Saskatchewan has the second-highest per capita rate of self-reported sexual assault in the country, and also double the national average.