Mutlicultural Sewing Circle Graduation



This week women from SACHA’s Multicultural Women’s Sewing Circle graduated.  The group is for women who want to share and learn new skills as well as break isolation.

Participants have let us know how excited they are to be a part of the group. Telling us, “I feel privileged to be a part of this group,” and “We really listened and learned from each other.”

Other participants talked about how they missed the group in between sessions:

“I look forward to every Tuesday – when sewing group is.  As soon as I leave the class in the afternoon, I’m looking forward to next week. I post all of my sewing projects online, so all my friends can see.” — sewing circle participant

Or how sewing made them feel – “When I use the sewing machine, I am very happy.”

Participants had examples of the projects that they worked on displayed.

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If you are interested in joining SACHA’s Multicultural Women’s Sewing Circle, contact Sandra – or 905.525.4573.

International Women’s Day! Equality for Women – Let’s Make it Happen

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The International Women’s Day Committee, coordinated by SACHA, invites women from all walks of life to participate in our International Women’s Day Celebration.

Stand up and support actions to advance and recognize women in Hamilton and all over the world!

When: Sunday, March 8th from 11am to 2pm
Where: Hamilton City Hall Council Chambers – 71 Main Street West, Hamilton ON

Light lunch will be provided at this child-friendly, FREE event.

FREE parking in City Hall’s parking lot.

Check back to find out who will be speaking and performing at this amazing event.

For more information, please contact Sandra – 905.525.4573 or

Members of the IWC Committee include:

NEW DATE! Laverne Cox in Hamilton March 26

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Laverne Cox Community-page-0Because Laverne Cox is working on a new show on NBC, we’ve had to change the date of her Hamilton talk to March 26th.

All the rest of the details are the same:

When: Thursday, March 26th
6:30pm – Doors open
7:30pm – Event starts
9pm – Meet Laverne

$35 – General Admission
$75 – VIP: Reserved seating and invitation to a meet and greet with Laverne before the event

Consider showing your support for the Hamilton trans community and purchase a ticket for someone who wouldn’t be able to attend the event otherwise.

Free tickets available to trans identified folks who cannot afford the ticket price. Email

Buy tickets online here -…/alumniEvents/laverne-cox.html

Laverne’s visit to Hamilton is presented by Mohawk College’s positive space Social Inc ., partnered with The Well: The LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre of Hamilton and SACHA – Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre.

Low Reporting of Sexual Assualt On Campus

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This week CBC released a report about the ‘worryingly low’ number of reports of sexual assault on Canadian college and university campuses.

It’s important to remember that for all sexual assaults the reporting rate is shockingly low. Only 1-7% of survivors will ever tell police about the assault.

It’s also important to remember the many reasons that keep survivors silent:

  • fear of being blamed
  • fear that the assault won’t be taken seriously
  • fear that they won’t be believed
  • fear of further violence from the perpetrator
  • fear of having their confidentiality broken
  • because they weren’t sure about whether or not what happened was sexual assault
  • because they don’t have clear memories of the assault
  • and many other concerns

We need to be working every day to end both rape culture and victim blaming. We need to be working to make the world a safer place for survivors to tell their story without fear. We also need to be working to prevent sexual violence so no one ever has to report again. Continue reading

Chocolate Fest AMAZINGNESS!


We are so proud to announce that we raised over $40 000 at our eleventh annual Chocolate Fest!

This is the most that we have ever raised!

Raising this amount of money makes SACHA feel awesomely appreciated and recognized by our community. THANK YOU!

SACHA will use the money raised at Chocolate Fest to continue to support survivors and work to end sexual violence.

Massive thank yous to everyone who came to Chocolate Fest – ate chocolate, perused the silent auction, and participated in the wine auction. You made the event a HUGE success! Continue reading

Survivors and Substance Use Group Starting on February 24th


- Survivors  Substance Use women Feb 2014Are you a woman who is a survivor of sexual violence?

Have you ever used substances such as alcohol or drugs to help you cope?

SACHA and the City of Hamilton’s Alcohol, Drug and Gambling Services is running an open group for survivors who’ve struggled with substance use starting on Tuesday, February 24th. Continue reading

Services for Male Survivors Secured Until 2017


SACHA received pilot funding to start seeing male survivors of sexual violence in September 2011.

The response from men has been incredible!

SACHA helped my giving me the courage to talk about what happened to me with others.  Not only being able to talk to the counsellor at SACHA, but to share my story with my friends and family.  The services offered at SACHA helped the shame and embarrassment of being a male survivor of sexual abuse disappear, and it helped me finally address things head on and realize it was not my fault for what happened to me. — Adam, former SACHA service user

Male_Crowd_Poster_final_1We recently found out that the pilot funding has been continued until 2017.

Anyone interested in accessing counselling at SACHA, would like a poster, or would like to book a SACHA presenter can call SACHA’s office at 905.525.4573.

SACHA also offers training to workplaces and helping professionals on a wide range of topics including supporting survivors, dynamics of sexual assault and unique barriers and issues that male survivors experience.

Currently SACHA is able to offer counselling in English and Spanish and make use of interpreters in other languages, including ASL. SACHA has partnered with the Centre de Santé Communautaire de Hamilton/Niagara and the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre to offer culturally-appropriate services for French-speaking and Aboriginal/First Nations men.

A man who’s been to SACHA for counselling also shared this poem with us:

The Beacon

A ray of hope
Shining through the fog of life
That’s what you are to us the survivors
You offer a safe place to recover, to vent, to heal
You ask for nothing in return
Your payment is seeing the broken healed or mended on the road to recovery
You offer advice, a shoulder to help
Some journeys start and end with you
But most do not
So at least it’s a start
Like the light houses and buoy markers of old you try to guide us
Through the treacherous routes that the events that have lead us to you and beyond

Thank you.