Causes of Sexual Assault

Causes of Sexual Assault banner

There’s been a lot of confusion in the media this week, this month, and this year about what causes sexual assault.  In one hundred percent of cases sexual assault is caused by the perpetrator.

Causes of Sexual Assault

Things that do not cause sexual assault:

  • bikinis
  • flirty emails
  • sexy clothes
  • alcohol
  • survivors location: a bar, party, school, work
  • walking home alone

SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line is here for survivors of sexual violence, their supporters, and folks with questions – 905.525.4162. #WeBelieveSurvivors

Chocolate Fest Bakeries


Chocolate Fest is an elegant evening of chocolate indulgence that also helps SACHA to support survivors and end sexual violence.

When: Thursday, February 4 from 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Liuna Station – 360 James Street North
Tickets: $50 each or ten tickets for $450. Buy tickets online or by calling SACHA’s office – 905.525.4573.

We’re hopping up and down excited to announce this year’s Chocolate Fest bakeries:

Deluxe Bakeries


Basic Bakeries

  • La Bakeri
  • Barbara Caffé
  • Valentino’s Restaurant
  • Traynor’s Bakery Wholesale Ltd.

Thank you to all the bakeries, restaurants, and businesses that donate scrumptious treats to make our biggest fundraiser a success!


Do More Good


Did you resolve to do more good this year? Get a jump on your New Years resolutions AND help survivors of sexual abuse get the support that they deserve by buying ticket’s to SACHA’s biggest fundraiser: Chocolate Fest.

It’s a FABULOUS elegant evening of delicious treats with over twenty bakeries and restaurants bringing delightful and inventive goodies.

When: Thursday, February 4th from 5:30-8:30pm
Where: Liuna Station – 360 James Street North, Hamilton ON
Tickets: $50 or ten tickets for $450. Buy tickets online at

For additional ticket information contact SACHA at 905.525.4573 or email 

Money raised at Chocolate Fest helps SACHA to support survivors of sexual violence and to work to end violence in Hamilton.

Facebook event:




It has been…. a year. Difficult and amazing all at the same time.

It has also been a year that we’ve experienced such strong SACHA support.

We wanted to highlight some of the folks who raised money for us this year. These folks made our hearts sing:


  • Jay Robb had the great idea to donate the money he would’ve spent on a ticket to see Bill Cosby to SACHA instead.

jay robb


  • McMaster’s Student Union Arts and Science choir gave proceeds from a dinner to SACHA
  • Feminist Tinder raised money for SACHA by selling sarcastic mugs
  • Hammer City Roller Girls ran 50/50 draws all summer at Rockin’ the Waterfront Cruise Nights
  • Kabuki Spa had raffles year round and proceeds from their holiday open house
  • White Elephant donated 5% proceeds of one day of sales
  • In February, we raised the most money we have ever raised for SACHA at Chocolate Fest.

cf cat

Thank you Hamilton. We hear you. We are feeling your love. We certainly do appreciate it. You are making a difference for survivors and showing us that you want a world without violence.

Supports During the Holiday Season


Holiday season: for some it’s a happy season, for some – not so much. For some it can actually be a time of loneliness and dark despair.

SACHA’s 24 hour support line will be available 24/7 to support survivors of sexual violence – and their friends and family. 905-525-4162.

There will also be some supports and activities offered by the Mental Health Rights Coalition (MHRC) and the Barrett Centre.  MHRC drop in will be open 11 am- 4pm Dec 25-Jan 1. Activities will run from 1-3 pm.

Highlights include:
Christmas lunch & carols
Gingerbread house decorating
Baked apples
Stress Balls
…and more

Download the schedule here

JESSICA JONES – Elaborating from Last Time


by Amelia Herman

This post comes from 500 different places. The bike in the next room; the yoga mat beside it. The kitchen sink at Ms. D’s place two years ago. The bathtub. The sofa. The passenger’s seat. Under the covers night and night and night again, and some mornings as I recover from what is “all in my head”. 

Those are just a few immediate examples.

Today, I find myself missing a fairly new friend. We hung out over the course of a week and I quickly got to know her very well, into the grungiest corners of her mind. And that was two weeks ago. Today I miss hanging out with my fictional friend…

If you’ve ever had the pleasure of working with a excellent feminist sexual assault centre like SACHA, you’re probably fairly knowledgeable on how manipulative abuse works. 

You’ve maybe seen the Wheel of Power & Control . Perhaps you’ve learned about how to Listen to, Validate, provide some options, and express Appreciation for survivors’ stories. There’s a good chance you’ve even read from a wide variety of sources citing the dangers of a culture of sexism while unshakably coming up with myriads of suggestions for un-weaving the patriarchy’s webs.

So, when you finally decided to watch Netflix’s  Jessica Jones, you just got it.

Here are 9 ways (*spoiler alert*) Jessica Jones is doing work that complements the work rad feminists and feminist organizations like SACHA have been doing for decades:

1. Jessica Jones listens

4594059-raqpnmwCreations like the Jessica Jones series (though really, there are truly few creations quite like this one) are not the product of a lucky guess. The original comic on which the series is based, “Alias” was not pulled from thin air with a random idea its creators had. The scripts and production and actors behinds the characters of Jessica Jones didn’t merely take a guess at what these experiences might be like for those who go through them.

The collection the ideas and concepts and information that make Jessica Jones powerful and awesome in the truest sense of the term is the product of people who listened.

They listened to women; they engaged with material about survivor’s experiences; they kept current with applicable modern feminist values. They heard those stores because they took the time to listen to them.

Throughout the series, we see Jessica’s best friend, Trish, hear Jessica out and listen to her needs. We see what happens for Hope, one of Jessica’s abuser’s other victims, when Jessica offers to listen. Jessica later listens to Trish. Malcom listens to Jessica. There are lots of moments of real people given other real people opportunities to share their experiences.

Which is what makes the next point possible:

2. Jessica Jones validates

How do we know that Jessica Jones isn’t what some might dismiss as a “crazy b*tch”? I mean, it might seem a bit foggy for some. Flashbacks, isolation, erratic behaviours.

Crazy? Nope. Traumatized? Yes. Continue reading

SACHA Welcomes Refugees

hamilton welcomes newcommers banner

IMG_0217Hamilton is busy preparing to welcome refugees from Syria.

SACHA is also prepared to welcome newcomers who are also needing support because of recent or historical sexual assaults.

You are not alone.

انت لست وحدك.