New at TBTN – HAG!

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I cannot tell you how excited I am that HAG – Hamilton Aerial Group – will be performing at this year’s TBTN in Hamilton!

Here’s some information from the group’s coordinator Lori:

HAG (Hamilton Aerial Group) is a group of aerialists and circus performers.  We perform on silks and trapeze as well as poi spinners, hula hoops and stilt walking.

Our acronym comes from the Irish myth of the hag goddess concerned with creation, harvest, the weather and sovereignty and The Cailleachan (The Storm Hags) who are seen as personifications of the elemental powers of nature.  They are said to be particularly active in raising the windstorms of spring.  We like the power and independence subscribed to the image of the HAG.  We are also a group of women (and men) with an age range of 14-48 years and the power we have over our bodies is not conditional of our age and because of this, the term HAG seems to fit us well.

Check out HAG’s Facebook page here.

SACHA at Labour Day

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SACHA volunteers and staff will be marching at this year`s Labour Day Parade in Hamilton.  If you would like to check out the excitement look for more details on the Hamilton and District Labour Council`s website.

Daisy, Carolin and Ali popped by SACHA to help cut up TBTN handbills and assemble TBTN buttons to get ready for Labour Day:

Why I March

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I’ve never really been the kind of woman that conforms to other folks’ expectations.  Part of this is related to my inability to just relax already, but most of it comes from my natural reaction to resist; resist conforming, resist stereotypes, resist being directed.  So when someone says “its dark out, you shouldn’t walk alone”, resist I do.

I think my ease with resisting was upheld by my lack of fear: I’m not scared to walk alone at night, I’d say to myself and anyone around, therefore I will – I have the right, dam nit.

That changed two summers ago.  On a hot, hot night in July, I was walking home in my suburban city along the bike path, a route I frequent.  Lit only by the kitchen lights of the homes that backed on to the path, I attempted to evolve into a higher species and see in the dark.  As my eyes adjusted and bushes and houses took form, I began to feel more comfortable.  Then I heard it: a male voice calling, “Hey baby” from one of the path-rimmed backyards.  Fear.  Intense fear.  I thought, if I hear the sound of the chain linked fence – a sound that harkens me back to my own childhood with fondness and longing – I’ll know this male will be on the move and I’ll start running.  In the dark.

No sound was heard, but I picked up my walking pace, my cell phone at the ready – for what, I’m not sure.

I made it home.  I was not attacked or approached.  That fear, though.  That fear is something that has not been in me for a long time.  I resisted it.  I denied it.  I said “fuck you” to it.  But it was in me that night.  And that’s not OK.  As a woman, I deserve the right to walk home on a city-maintained pathway from downtown.  I deserve the right to feel safe and secure that my fellow humans will not choose to scare, intimidate or harass me on my journey.  I deserve to tell them that their actions did just that – and that that’s not OK.

I march in the Take Back the Night event because I’ve been scared to walk alone at night in my own neighbourhood and that’s not OK.

Audra Petrulis
Project Coordinator – Be The One…to Stop Violence Against Women and Girls
YWCA Hamilton

Visit Be The One’s Facebook page here.

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Want to let us know why you march?  Send us an email – erin@sacha.ca.

Feminist Pets Support TBTN

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Here’s Westley the Wonderdog sharing his love of TBTN:

And here’s Jazz and Barcode promoting TBTN:

Do you have any photos of your feminist pets spreading TBTN love?  Please send them to us – erin@sacha.ca.

TBTN Solidarity Event at the Women’s Centre of Hamilton

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Get ready for TBTN by gathering at the Women’s Centre for food, poster making, support, and motivation! We will walk together to City Hall at 6:30 PM to join the Take Back the Night rally and march.

Where: The Women’s Centre of Hamilton – 100 Main Street East, Suite 205, 905-522-0127

For more information on TBTN solidarity events or organizing a solidarity event click here.

Where Do You Draw The Line?

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Your favourite artist is dropping a new album in just a few days. But they’re also on trial for assaulting their girlfriend. Do you still download the album?

You’re out partying when a wasted friend of yours leaves the bar with some guy she just met. Do you stay and keep dancing?

These are some of the questions Ontarians are being asked as part of a new campaign called ‘Draw the Line’. It’s a bilingual, interactive campaign that uses ‘What would you do?’ type scenarios to engage anyone and everyone in a dialogue about sexual violence.

Launched in May as part of ‘Sexual Assault Awareness Month’, the campaign was created by Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes and the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres.

The campaign includes a website, postcard style pamphlets, posters and a user guide.

If you head to draw-the-line.ca, you’re asked to answer ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to a series of 6 real-life scenarios.  The scenarios vary from workplace sexual harassment to sexting. You can then compare where your answer stacks up with the rest of Ontario.

But the campaign is about more than just education; it’s also about prevention.

Once you’ve answered the question, you get a ton of information about how you can intervene should you witness a similar situation.

It’s easy to say ‘Yeah, I don’t stand for violence.’ But then when asked ‘Okay, so what would you practically do in that moment?’ most people don’t know. They don’t have the answer. Draw-the-line.ca wants to change that.

The campaign aims to give people real, practical, tangible things they can do when they witness sexual violence.

So, you hear your boss tell a co-worker that her legs look great in that skirt. Do you go back to your desk? Or do you respond?

Why draw the line here?

Because if you ask a woman about sexual harassment, almost half will say they have experienced it at work. Sexual harassment is unwanted, unwelcomed and unasked-for behavior of a sexual nature.

Okay, so I want to make a difference but I don’t know how.

Good news! There’s always more than one option for a bystander. Take a stand safely and do something you feel comfortable with. You could:

  • Call them out and tell them you think it’s unacceptable.
  • Call Human Resources and tell them there’s no place for sexual violence in the workplace.
  • Check in with your co-worker and ask if they’re okay.

When asked whether they’d speak up about sexual harassment in the workplace, 48% of respondents on the site said NO. Yikes! Even worse than that, currently 68% of respondents would let a wasted friend leave the bar with some stranger she just met.

Clearly, we’ve got a lot of work to do to end sexual violence in Ontario. There continues to exist far too many myths about what it looks like and who it impacts.

Draw the Line’s goal is to educate Ontarians on how to spot sexual violence and empower them to make a difference.

One in three Canadian women and one in six men will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetime. It is time for Ontario to draw the line.

We must work together to make our communities safer.

For more information about the campaign or to request material: info@draw-the-line.ca

Draw-the-line.ca

@DrawTheLineON (Twitter)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Draw-the-Line/434453903249330

www.traconsleslimites.ca (en français)