Bridging the Gap

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To celebrate World AIDS Day we’re partnering with The AIDS Network and Hamilton Urban Core Community Health Centre to present Bridging the Gap: The Social and Systemic Factors Impacting Diverse Communities.

When: Friday, December 1st – 10am to 2pm
Where: Beasely Community Centre – 145 Wilson Street, Hamilton ON
Please register to Nomvelo – accho@aidsnetwork.ca

Cost: FREE!

This workshop will  discus the challenges and impact of the social determinants of health on:

  • People living with HIV and those who may be more vulnerable to acquiring HIV
  • Those who are at an increased risk of experiencing sexual violence
  • Accessing health care and other services

Lunch will be provided and there will be a panel of folks with lived experience.

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SACHA Bash 2.0

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#ShowYourSACHASupport by coming through for a generous SACHA supporter – United Way Halton Hamilton!

When: Tuesday, November 28th – 7pm
Where: This Ain’t Hollywood – 345 James Street North, Hamilton ON
Cost: $7 – All proceeds for United Way Halton Hamilton. Tickets available at This Ain’t Hollywood.
Who: All ages/All genders invited!

Featuring:

Extra Special Guest: 

Safer Gigs Hamilton – SGH set up resource booths at events with the goal to reduce the risk of harm in our music community, preventing overdose and sexual assault before it happens.

Accessibility information coming soon. For more information contact Annie – annie@sacha.ca.

 

No More Murdered Women

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We are hurting that there was another femicide in Hamilton. We remember, grieve, and fight for Natasha Thompson.

Here’s a whole post of ways to recognize violence and how to help.

Lots of friends ask ‘Why didn’t she just leave?’ without realizing how complex the abuse is and that the most dangerous time for a survivor is when they leave the relationship.

How we can help a friend: You can never ever go wrong with believing them and saying “I’m here to help”. Listening, validating, and letting someone know what’s happening to them is abuse and not ok.

Supporting survivors like first aid; we should be practicing the skills before we ever think that we would need them.

Learning what is an isn’t violence is the first step.

We’ve got LOTS of resources on our website on how to take everyday action, #BystanderIntervention#SupportingSurvivors, and you can always call our 24 Hour Support Line if you’re worried about a friend – 905.525.4162.

Neighbours, Friends and Families has created a list of warning signs that an abusive relationship might be lethal including:

– He has access to her and her children
– He has access to weapons
– He has a history of abuse with her or others
– He has threatened to harm or kill her if she leaves him: He says “If I can’t have you, no one will.”
– He threatens to harm her children, her pets or her property
– He has threatened to kill himself
– He has hit her, choked her
– He is going through major life changes (e.g. job, separation, depression)
– He is convinced she is seeing someone else
– He blames her for ruining his life
– He doesn’t seek support
– He watches her actions, listens to her telephone conversations, sees her emails and follows her
– He has trouble keeping a job
– He takes drugs or drinks every day
– He has no respect for the law
– She has just separated or is planning to leave
– She fears for her life and for her children’s safety or she cannot see her risk
– She is in a custody battle, or has children from a previous relationship
– She is involved in another relationship
– She has unexplained injuries
– She has no access to a phone
– She faces other obstacles (e.g. she does not speak English, is not yet a legal resident of Canada, lives in a remote area)
– She has no friends or family

Women who are under 25 years of age, disabled women, Indigenous women, and women living common-law experience violence at much higher rates.

If you are experiencing violence in a relationship: You are worthwhile. You are powerful. We are here for you. It is possible to live without violence.

It is possible to have a world without violence and we look forward to building that world with you.

Unmasking Rape Culture Conference

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This conference is incredible and FREE!

Art[4]Change: Unmasking Rape Culture explores the intersection of contemporary art, gender, and sexuality through the lens of scholars, activists, performances, and visual artists.

When & Where?

Thursday, November 23rd – 12pm to 5pm
McMaster University’s L.R Wilson Hall
1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

Following with the opening reception of 20 Minutes of Action exhibition from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at McMaster Fitzhenry Atrium (School of the Arts)

Friday, November 24th – 11am to 5pm
The Spice Factory
121 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1G7

Sign up now!

Registration is free, but space is limited. Sign up here to reserve your spot.

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Participating Conference Speakers include:

Erin Crickett
Janice Hladki
Farah Khan
Julie Lalonde
Yami Mosa
Meaghan Ross

Performances by:

Mother Tareka
Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP)
Suma Nair
and more

Participating Artists include:

Lesely Loski Chan
Insoon Ha
Hitoko Okada
RoyaAkarbi
Francisco Fernando Granados
Nathaniel Donnette
Rodrigo Valenzuela
Shelly Niro
Marry Walling Blackburn

Art[4]Change: Unmasking Rape Culture is in partnership with McMaster University, SACHA – Sexual Assault Centre of (Hamilton and Area), Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts and funded by the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Ministry of the Status of Women.

MASSIVE TBTN Thank You’s!

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Oh jeepers! Hamilton, you SHOWED UP to end demand a world without sexual violence. Thank you.

We have some INCREDIBLE people, organizations, businesses, and service groups to thank. These orgs are part of the reason that Take Back the Night magic happens in Hamilton every year. If you’re out and about in #HamOnt, please thank them for their SACHA support.

First, our TBTN committee starts working while there is still snow on the ground and puts in hundreds of hours of really not glorious (yet still exciting and very fulfilling) and rarely seen work. Our monthly meetings are full of food and laughter. When we don’t meet in the winter, the team truly misses each other.

Thank you TBTN committee: Abarna, Alina, Aileen, Brooke, Crickett, Jessica, Jessie
Jordan, Lorraine, Maggie, Mary, and Roopali.

Thank you to the over fifty TBTN event volunteers who make the event run seamlessly and smoothly. They drive the sound truck, prepare snack, set up tables, wash dishes, help to create safety during the gathering and the march, as well as lots more.

In no particular order, here are our TBTN supporters who donate money, useful stuff, and food:

Donors of very useful stuff:

Food donors:

Financial donors:

All the TBTN Info!

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Take Back the Night is SO CLOSE!!!

We know you’re excited! We know you have questions! Here’s all the info that you could ever want to prepare!

Quick info:

What?

Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA — Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area) — is a powerful opportunity for survivors and their supporters to actively build connections, assertively reclaim our right to safety, and courageously stand up against violence.

What to Bring?

  • sign with your message about ending violence — There will be a sign making table at the gathering with crafts supplies if you’d like to make a sign at the event.
  • Comfy shoes — The march is an hour long!
  • A water bottle or mug — There’s hot coffee at the snack table during the gathering and a fountain in City Hall.
  • Noise makers — Let’s get loud!
  • A raincoat (perhaps…) — TBTN happens rain or shine!

When?

Thursday, September 28th

6pm – We Gather
7pm – We Rally
7:30pm – We March

Where?

Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main Street, Hamilton ON

Who?

TBTN centers the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invite men to cheer the march on from Gore Park.

TBTN Male Allies 2017

The March

The march will be leaving City Hall at 7:30pm and following this route:

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I Can’t Walk the Entire March

If you are not able to march the entire route there is a short cut back to City Hall at Summers Lane near the Hamilton Convention Centre.  There will be a TBTN marshal waiting there to walk with folks back to City Hall.

Also, this year we will have an HSR city bus and a DARTS bus following the march for folks who are not able to walk the entire way.

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Photo by Bary Gray from the Hamilton Spectator

Guidelines

Please:

  • Walk behind the soundtruck.
  • Be patient – folks with strollers or folks using wheelchairs or walkers may need to move more slowly.
  • Follow the marshals instructions. Marshals are wearing reflective vests.
  • Talk to a marshal if you need assistance.
  • Use the shortcut back to City Hall at Summers Lane or the bus that is following the march if you are not able to walk the entire route.
  • Visit the SACHA table or call SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line – 905.525.4162 – if you need supportive listening. Take Back the Night can bring up a lot of emotions – joy, anger, sadness, excitement, fear, love.

We will march on the street in one lane of traffic.

March Guidelines 2017

Supportive Listening

Take Back the Night can bring up many emotions – joy, sadness, excitement, fear, love. If you need to talk with someone please visit the SACHA table where there are folks ready to listen or call SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line – 905.525.4162.

 

 

Taking it Slow at TBTN

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Oh jeepers! It’s the week of Take Bake the Night!!!

We have a special request this year that folks take an extra slow pace. We’ve got all the time in the world to remind Hamilton that we’ve had enough of sexual violence.

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All photos by Bary Gray from the Hamilton Spectator

We ask folks to walk slowly to include folks with mobility issues, folks who use canes, walkers or wheelchairs, folks with little humans and strollers.

It can feel really crappy to be left at the back of the event.

Why not just slow down the sound truck at the front of the march?

We do! Problem is quick walking folks often surround the sound truck which is quite dangers. Please stay behind the sound truck and give it lots of space. We’re gonna take our time.

March Guidelines

March Guidelines 2017

Please:

  • Walk behind the soundtruck.
  • Be patient – folks with strollers or folks using wheelchairs or walkers may need to move more slowly.
  • Follow the marshals instructions. Marshals are wearing reflective vests.
  • Talk to a marshal if you need assistance.
  • Use the shortcut back to City Hall at Summers Lane if you are not able to walk the entire route.
  • Visit the SACHA table or call SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line – 905.525.4162 – if you need supportive listening. Take Back the Night can bring up a lot of emotions – joy, anger, sadness, excitement, fear, love.

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