Paths of Courage Comes to Hamilton

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Paths of Courage is a free residential healing program for survivors of sexual violence coordinated by the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District.

SACHA is excited to have folks from Paths of Courage in Hamilton to talk with service providers who work with survivors of sexual violence of all genders about the amazing program.

This session is a chance for service providers to learn more about this new Healing and Retreat Centre. A presentation of the program will be given by a representative. Information will include how to refer male and female survivors to this program.

Following the speaker will be a discussion period and Q & A session.

When: Thursday, June 5th, 2014
Where: Good Shepherd Family Centre – 143 Wentworth Street South, Hamilton, ON
When: 2:30pm to 4:30pm

Please RVSP by June 1st as space is limited. For more information or to register for this event, please contact: Maria at 905-525-4573 or sacha@sacha.ca

Why Do We Still Need Sexual Violence Awareness Month?

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May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

But why do we need still Sexual Violence Awareness Month?

Short answer – sexual assault is still a reality. It still happens in our community.

The long answer is a bit more complicated.

One in three women and one is six men will experience sexual violence sometime in their lives. Continue reading

Positive Parenting

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Positive Parenting-page-0A panel discussion and group brainstorm to promote the rights and well-being of LGBTQ+ parents, prospective parents, and their families and children in Hamilton.

This event is open to everyone with a special emphasis for LGBTQ+ parents/guardians and service providers to LGBTQ+ families.

When: Wednesdsay, June 11th from 11am to 1pm.

Where: Mohawk College – 135 Fennell Avenue West, Hamilton ON.  The Arnie, G Wing.

Cost: $10.00 Lunch Included.  Please email food restrictions to marco.felvus@mohawkcollege.ca.

REGISTER NOW!
Register online or by calling 905.575.1212 ext: 3590. Space is limited to fifty participants. FREE spaces for those in need. No Refunds.

Special Parking Rate
Limited to fifty participants, FREE Tickets for those in need.

Questions? 
marco.felvus@mohawkcollege.ca 
Call: 905-575-1212 Ext: 3590 (email preferred)

To arrange disability related accommodations, please contact the Office of Human Rights & Equity Services, hres@mcmaster.ca or 905-525-9140 Ext. 27581. The space is wheelchair accessible, and has a quiet space for prayers. We can provide other accommodations, such as ASL interpretation and childcare if we receive these requests before June 1.

Presented by SACHA, Human Rights & Equity Services, McMaster University, and Mohawk College Centre for Social Inclusion (Social Inc.).

Draw The Line Launches in Hamilton

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Today is Draw the Line Day in Ontario.

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In Hamilton the Woman Abuse Working Group (WAWG) created our own video with community members’ thoughts about why Sexual Violence Awareness Month is important:

This morning WAWG also launched some of the new Draw the Line videos, including a video by Mujer about how we teach young men to speak out against sexual assault:

Stephen Chica shares his thoughts after going to a Mujer ‘Hasta Aqui No Mas / Draw the Line’ workshop:

I think it is important for youth, kids and adults to discuss and share ideas and experiences of sexual violence to better and resolve this issue in the community one step at a time.

Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes created a video about youth and online sexual assault:

You can check out all of Action ontarienne’s Draw the Line videos at Traçons les limites’ YouTube channel.

One in four women report being sexually harassed in the workplace. The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centre’s video asks what you think and where you draw the line when it comes to workplace harassment:

 

No One Asks For It!

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Today SACHA is joining folks across Canada in wearing purple to remind folks that no ever asks to be sexually assaulted.IMG_0416 We’re wearing purple because sexual violence is still an issue in our community.  One in three women and one in six men will experience sexual assault.

Victim blaming silences survivors of sexual violence which means that

… survivors suffer the impact of the violence alone…
… survivors are re-victimized by the blaming – of them or of others…
… long term pain that sometimes could have been reduced with support…
… more health impacts, family problems etc.  that could have been avoided or reduced…
… fewer incidents reported so we as a society don’t get a true picture of the scope of the problem…
… also means that offenders can continue with relative impunity…
… which means that as a society we are not taking it on to end it…

Victim blaming buys into a lot of rape myths.  It keeps us from having real honest conversations about why sexual assault actually happens. Being confused about why the violence happens means that we’re not able to take action to effectively end violence.

We want to take action.

We want to end violence.

We want to end victim blaming.

Make sure to take a photo of you wearing purple and share it on social media along with why you are wearing purple today.

May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month. 

May Is Sexual Violence Awareness Month

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In Canada May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

There’s lots going on this month to raise awareness!

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