Students seek to break silence on sexual violence

Vancouver, B.C.

Sexual violence in Asian Canadian communities  explored in dialogue

By Ted Alcuitas

“Breaking the Silence: Sexual & Relationship Violence in Asian Canadian Communities,” is an attempt by  UBC’s Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies program (ACAM) to look into race and violence in the Asian Canadian community.

The event commemorating this month’s celebration of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM) is designed to give participants discuss topics in a safe space and interact with the panelists.

The event will be at UBC’s  NEST room 2301 this Friday, January 27 from 3 to 4 PM.


Darla Tomeldan (Facebook)

The panelists include Filipino Canadian Darla Tomeldan, an  Immigration Consultant with more than 20 years of legal advocacy work experience around anti‑oppression and anti‑violence in the nonprofit sector. A Humanities graduate from the University of the Philippines, Tomeldan immigrated to Canada in 1994 she is an active volunteer with various grassroots oganization.

Her work is based on a feminist anti-oppression framework and a strong analysis of the direct relationship between privilege of status and social, economic and political justice.

Other panelists are :

 Narae Namkung, currently the Support & Advocacy Coordinator at the AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre at UBC. Narae holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from UBC Okanagan and has over 6 years of volunteer and work experience in the anti-violence field.

Samantha Truong,  a Research Assistant for the Healthier Masculinities Program at the SASC. She is in her last year of the Bachelors of Social work Program at UBC, and is currently doing her practicum with the Vancouver Costal Health HIV STOP team. She has previously worked at the 1-800-Suicide Lines and is personally passionate about how culture and race intersect with Mental Health.

Visual notetaker is  Kim Villagante a multi dimensional artist of filipina descent residing on coast salish territory. She graduated from UBC’s visual art program and is currently immersed in the arts and music community.

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Light refreshments will be served.

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