A Mess Of Follow Ups

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Talking with youth about ending sexual violence and oppression and creating a culture of consent can lead the group to SO MANY amazing places.

Here’s some links that we promised to share with the last couple of workshops that we did with high school students:

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  • Questions about alchohol and consent come up so often in our workshops. Everyday Feminism has a GREAT article with things to consider”
    • “Don’t try to talk yourself into thinking that someone is more into sex than they actually are, and don’t try to convince yourself that someone is less drunk than they appear to be. Doing so may be tempting, but it can open the door to a whole host of potential problems, including committing sexual assault.”
  • We’re finding that lots of folks have already seen the consent tea video when we come to visit them in class. This means we can have some good conversations about it.
  • When facilitating workshops, we have quoted ‘The standard you walk past is the standard you accept,’ from this video, many times:
  • When we ask why folks aren’t using words to ask for consent, some young men share that they are afraid of ending up in the ‘friendzone’. Everyday Feminism and BuzzFeed have great articles that unpack why ‘friendzone’ is entitlement and harmful.
    • “We shouldn’t expect to get rewarded with sex or a romantic commitment simply for being a decent human being.”

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  • When talking about how consent has to be given willingly and freely, many participants were struggling to understand how someone who is afraid that saying ‘no’ will lead to further violence, we shared a recent story of a woman who was killed for not giving a man her phone number.
  • Young women want to talk about sexist dress codes and we’re have lots of examples of young women taking action!
  • Lots of folks already know about how sexist double standards affect women, but sexism and toxic masculinity harm men as well. Films like Shredded and Tough Guise examine this.
  • We always end our workshops by talking about everyday ways folks can work to end sexual violence in their communities. This week we had a great example of bystander intervention with the story of Kathrine Switzer’s number being retired from the Boston Marathon.

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  • Draw the Line is a FABULOUS bystander intervention campaign that asked real life questions about sexual violence and gives folks tools and strategies for responding.

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#DayOfPink 2017

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#DayOfPink was created for folks to speak out about homophobic and transphobic violence and harassment. http://pinkshirtday.ca/about-us/

Social Inc. put on a FABULOUS day of creating conversations about how we can all be involved to take action to end oppression. Thank you to everyone who chatted with us and participated in our photobooth!

 

 

SWHAT Walkathon

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For the month of March, McMaster’s Student Walk Home Attendant Team will be donating one dollar to SACHA for every walk that they provide.

SWHAT understands that walking home late at night doesn’t cause sexual assault, so they created some awesome images to help bust myths and lies about rape.

If you’re on McMaster’s campus you can request a walk anytime from 7pm – 1am, 7 days a week three ways:

1. Call 905 525 9140 ext 27500
2. Visit our office in MUSC 226
3. Online walk form, at msumcmaster.ca/swhat

 

Interview with SACHA’s Finn

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Finn has been doing a work placement at SACHA since January.

Finn’s working on finishing their high school degree and is constantly on the lookout for more puppies to cuddle.

They kindly allowed us to interview them for our blog:

Why did you choose a placement with SACHA – an intersectional feminist collective?

I chose SACHA because I knew it was an intersectional feminist organization. I am an intersectional feminist and thought it would be a good way to improve my knowledge and also just help me to improve on being a better feminist which is very important to me. Continue reading

SACHA at City Council

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Yesterday SACHA’s Jia Qing and Lenore spoke at City Council about the need for a city-wide Transgender Protocol.

Here’s their presentation:

Good Morning, I’m Jia-Qing Wilson-Yang and this is Lenore Lukasik-Foss.  We’re here today on behalf of the Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area), also known as SACHA, to encourage City Council to support the Transgender Protocol. In my work on a provincial project on trans women and sexual violence, coordinating a Canada wide research project on trans women affected by HIV, and as a youth worker supporting trans youth; as well as in my life as a trans woman, living in community with other trans women, I can tell you that first steps like this protocol need to be supported by people like you.

There simply are not enough statistics about trans people, but thanks to Trans Pulse an Ontario based study, we know that 34% of trans women have been physically assaulted for being trans and that 98% of trans people have experienced transphobia* (Marcellin, 2012.) We know that across Canada, 70% percent of trans youth report having been sexually harassed. Continue reading

Quiet Online in January

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We LOVE using social media to create conversations about ending sexual violence and creating cultures of consent.

Our Public Educator, Erin Crickett, is away from SACHA until February. She handles all of SACHA’s social media – FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and this blog. That means that we won’t be posting as much during the month of January. You might not see the latest news story about sexual violence in our feed.

SACHA’s massive fundraiser Chocolate Fest is coming up on March 2nd. Annie, our amazing Chocolate Fest Coordinator, will be posting on Chocolate Fest updates on Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to follow! Contact Annie if you’d like to donate or sponsor SACHA.

If you want to get in a hold of SACHA, social media isn’t the best way even when Crickett is in the office. If you have questions about any of our programs – Diverse Communities Outreach, Counselling & Advocacy, 24 Hour Support Line or Public Education – calling the office – 905.525.4573 – or sending us a message is the best!

If you’re in need of immediate non-judgmental listening our 24 Hour Support Line  is always available – 905.525.4162.

Things you might not know about SACHA’s Public Education Program:

  • We only have one paid worker in the entire program, Erin Crickett. She works only works four days a week.
  • The program covers workshops and trainings, media (both legacy and new media), community collaboration, and events like Take Back the Night and Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair.
  • In 2015/16 fiscal year we presented to 5040 workshop participants.
  • We currently receive more requests to facilitate workshops than we’re able to provide.
  • The wifi in SACHA’s office, which was only installed a year ago, doesn’t reach to Crickett’s office because the router is not powerful enough. When she wants to post a picture on Instagram, she has to lurk in her doorway.

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  • Our work ending sexual violence and creating consent culture is having an impact.  Last year 95% of workshop participants at the end of the workshop strongly agree or agree that they understand how to prevent sexual violence.
  • Here’s what workshop participants are saying about our workshops:
    • ‘Taught me about myself and how I want my body to be treated.’ – Grade Nine Girl
    • ‘Normal may not always be right.’ – Grade Nine Girl
    • ‘My friends and I still talk about the presentation from last year.’ – Grade Ten Boy
    • ‘Sexual assault is more about power than attraction.’ – Grade Nine Bo
    • ‘Really good speaker, not boring at all.’ – Grade Nine Girl

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Support all of SACHA’s amazing programs by donating to SACHA today! #ShowYourSACHASupport

 

 

Save the Date! Chocolate Fest 2017

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Get ready for SACHA’s most MASSIVE most CHOCOLATEY-EST fundraiser! Our 13th annual Chocolate Fest will be on March 2nd!

We need your help to keep working to support survivors and to end sexual violence.

Join us for a sweet evening of tasty treats from some of Hamilton’s most delicious local bakeries, restaurants, and confectioners.

When: Thursday, March 2, 2017 — 5:30pm-8:30pm
Where: The Cotton Factory — 270 Sherman Avenue North, Hamilton ON
Tickets: $35-$50. More ticket information coming soon!

Click here to visit the Facebook event.

Interested in donating to or sponsoring Chocolate Fest? Contact Annie Horton, Chocolate Fest Coordinator – annie@sacha.ca.

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

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