McMaster Welcome Week Training

In the last eight days, SACHA and Equity and Inclusion Office at McMaster University trained nearly 400 Residence Life staff and reps on taking action to end rape culture and nearly 1300 Welcome Week Faculty reps on McMaster’s Sexual Violence Response Protocol.
We hope that this week is a kick off to year-round action to prevent sexual violence on campus.
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In the hour long workshop with staff and reps from Residence Life we talked about:


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Zine Launch: Dreams, Healing & Safety


sachaposterlaunch FINALFor the past month, SACHA – Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre –  has hosted Sexual Assault: The Roadshow which provides space for local survivors of sexual violence to produce art. The Roadshow art gallery– made of a modified shipping container –  will travel to 15 Ontario communities over the next three years.  In Hamilton, survivors worked with artist Heidi Cho to create zines about their experiences of safety and healing.

We are inviting the community to view the art created by local survivors and hear about their experiences

Where: Good Shepherd courtyard – 25 Ray Street North
When:  Tuesday August 30th, 2016 @1:00p.m.
What: Survivor Zine Launch with a workshop participant speaking

Sexual Assault: The Roadshow is funded by the Ontario Arts Council and is a project by sexual assault activist Jane Doe and artist/activist Lillian Allen.  In Hamilton we appreciate the support of Good Shepherd Hamilton.


Take Back the Night in Style

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Take Back the Night t-shirts have arrived!

This year’s shirts are black with teal ‘We Believe Survivors’ and come in both fitted and not fitted styles. The t-shirts are made and printed by Me To We.

Where can I buy one?
T-shirts will be available at the Take Back the Night event near the SACHA table or stop by SACHA – 75 MacNab Street South, 3rd Floor – during business hours to buy one!

How much do they cost?
We are selling the shirts are on a sliding scale for $15 for unwaged folks (which is the cost of the t-shirt) and $20 for waged folks.

We have a limited supply of t-shirts, so get one early!

What do you do with money raised from t-shirt sales?

We rarely make money from selling TBTN t-shirts, but if we do the profits go back into the cost of putting on an amazing Take Back the Night in Hamilton.

What about free stuff?
We totally recognize that not everyone will be able to afford $15 for a t-shirt.  At the SACHA table we have TBTN buttons for free.  This year community organizations will also have lots of free give-aways at their tables too!

How can I pay?
You can pay for your TBTN t-shirt with cash, Visa, MasterCard or a cheque made out to SACHA.

* Thank you to amazing SACHA staff Sandra and Miriam for modeling the t-shirts!

Call For Submissions: Hamilton-based Housing Zine



Inasmuch House is creating a zine (small publication) about the need for a National Housing Strategy that addresses the lack of safe and affordable housing, and how this affects women and families accessing violence against women and homeless shelters.

We would love contributions from other shelters, as well as spaces that work with women and families who have experiences trying to access safe and affordable housing.

Ideas for how to contribute:

  • Hold a workshop to talk about the National Housing Strategy and how it impacts women and families in shelters
    • Ask about the women and families experiences and stories, as well ideas for how to make positive changes – collect their stories in written format
    • Using half of an 8.5×14 sheet of paper, have residents share their experiences with housing – write poems, draw, collage, make a list, etc. – to contribute to the publication
  • Write / make art about your own experiences as a transition support worker working with women and families accessing housing: what are some major obstacles you’ve seen, what ideas do you have that could improve access?

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SACHA Supports Mandi Gray


In July of 2016, in an unprecedented ruling, Mustafa Ururyar was found guilty of the sexual assault of Mandi Gray.

In a public statement at that time, Gray remarked upon the grueling 18-month endeavour, and her experience of the criminal justice system — which allowed for the introduction of rape mythology and victim-blaming from Uryurar’s defence lawyer, Lisa Bristow.

“I am tired of people talking to me like I won some sort of rape lottery because the legal system did what it is supposed to…If we are told to be grateful for receiving the bare minimum, and that we should simply allow for social institutions to further…violate our rights, I am incredibly concerned”.  

SACHA shares this deep concern. We are also incensed that within days of the conviction, Ururyar’s defence team appealed the conviction and asked for bail. This was granted by Superior Court Justice Michael Quigley, who, despite the extensive case law cited in Ontario Court Justice Marvin Zuker’s decision, suggested that academic texts on rape and trauma may have somehow informed an impartial ruling. Continue reading

Volunteer With SACHA!


Passionate about ending sexual violence and oppression? Want to work with an awesome feminist organization? Want to meet other cool folks in Hamilton?

We’re looking for awesome women and gender non-conforming folks who want to help to organize Chocolate Fest and offer support on our 24 Hour Support Line.

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Chocolate Fest is SACHA’s largest fundraiser. If you’re interested in helping to organize this year’s Chocolate Fest, contact Annie for more information –


Women-identified and gender non-conforming volunteers answer SACHA’s support line twenty-four hours a day from their homes.  A sixteen week training is provided for all interested volunteers.  For more information check out this PDF or contact Miriam – or 905.525.4573 x222.

Check out our website to find out all the other ways you can get involved at SACHA!

What A Great Day!

We reached 2500 followers on Twitter.
This is a big deal to us because most folks don’t want to have hard convos about supporting survivors and working to end rape culture.
High fives and hugs to all of the folks supporting SACHA and working to end violence and oppression.
Follow us on Twitter (@SACHA_tweets) and Instagram (@SACHA.hamilton)!