January is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), recognized every year to raise awareness about sexual violence and to empower SFU and FIC students, faculty, and staff to engage with this complex topic in meaningful ways. Learn more about the activities and resources from SFU's Sexual Violence Support and Prevention Office (SVSPO).
In support of this year's theme Masculinities for Humanity, we recognize that although women, girls*, and 2SLGBTQIA+ people are disproportionately impacted by sexual violence, any conversations or actions to end sexual violence must include people of all gender identities, including men and boys*, as active participants working towards social change. We are inviting the SFU and FIC community to ignite conversations around the concept of masculinities that open space for men and boys to practice emotional vulnerability, community care, and accountability.
*Note: We recognize each person’s right to determine and name their own gender identity. Our use of “men and boys” and “women and girls” includes cisgender and transgender people.
Visit our in-person displays
Drop by our Sexual Assault Awareness Month display at all three SFU libraries to explore books, films, and more!
Here are just some of the ebooks available to read online.
Borrow or request a print book
Browse or check out these books from our collections.
Watch a film
White Scripts and Black Supermen (2012, streaming online through Films on Demand)
"A valuable and colorful examination of 40 years of changing representations of black masculinity in a significant area of popular culture: comic books. This genre's reach and impact has extended into other forms of cultural production such as movies and animated TV series."
Tough Guise: Violence, Media, and the Crisis in Masculinity (2002, DVD)
"Looks systematically at the relationship between the images of popular culture and the social construction of masculine identities in the U.S. at the end of the 20th century. Jackson Katz argues that there is a crisis in masculinity and that some of the guises offered to men as a solution (e.g., rugged individualism, violence) come loaded with attendant dangers to women, as well as other men."
Explore the collection
Violence against women and children research guide (SFU Library)
Our research guide includes extensive resources and research strategies for this topic.