OCRCC Supports Julie Lalonde

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The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) stands behind OCRCC staff Julie Lalonde, and her disclosure of her experiences with the Royal Military College (RMC).

In 2014, OCRCC staff and Campaign Manager Julie Lalonde attended Royal Military College (RMC) to offer briefings addressing sexual violence, bystander intervention and sexual violence prevention[1]. The events that occurred during and after her presentations was concerning to us at OCRCC as an employer, and as an active voice in working to prevent sexual violence in Ontario’s communities. We thank Royal Military College staffs for corresponding and meeting with us in response to these events.

As sexual assault survivor advocates, we know that there are many realistic reasons why those impacted by violence are hesitant to engage with formal reporting systems —or to share their experiences at all. Many fear reprisal or retaliation. As one Canadian paper on the military, sexual harassment and reporting processes notes: “Underreporting has been attributed to women believing that the formal reporting process will not be useful to them, [and] concerns that they would be labeled a troublemaker or whistleblower[2]. Continue reading

Forty Dollars for Forty Years!

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SACHA is celebrating 40 years of working to end sexual violence.

Now is the time to show your SACHA support by donating one dollar for every year that we’ve been supporting survivors!

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You can donate online now through Canada Helps or send a cheque to SACHA – 75 MacNab Street South, 3rd Floor, Hamilton ON L8P 3C1.

Even more ways to show your SACHA support:

  • Let your friends know that you donated to SACHA and tell them why you did.
  • Make our $40 for 40 years your profile pic.
  • Encourage your friends to donate.
  • Hold a SACHA fundraiser.
  • Come to SACHA’s 40th Anniversary events!
  • Join the conversation using the hashtag #SACHAturns40

Tuval’s Open Letter to Royal Military College

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To whom it may concern,

Recent reports indicate that your student body accepts disrespect and disdain for women. It also seems clear that there is a culture in your institution that allows young people to believe that rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment and degrading women are humorous topics to be scoffed at and joked about.

There is no indication that the RMC takes this situation seriously. Someone who was harassed at your college has been receiving death threats and other horrific forms of harassment for telling the truth. As of yet, no one from the RMC has spoken in her defense or attempted to dissuade people from being abusive and hateful.

I implore you, as a self-described creator of peace keepers and Canadian leaders of the future, to take a hard look at how you address sexism, misogyny and sexual violence in your college.

Let’s create a future where you are known for graduating students who are making the world safer for women rather then more hostile and dangerous.

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Tuval Dinner is a violence prevention educator specializing  in healthy relationships, consent, gender  equity and healthy masculinity. Tuval coordinates outreach and public education for COPA, a non-profit violence prevention education association.

Folks Show SACHA Support at Our Open House

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Over 100 people came to our Open House last Thursday to help us to celebrate 40 years of SACHA!

They saw our newly renovated office space, took a peek at where counselling happens, got help making a sewing project from our Multicultural Women’s Sewing Circle facilitators, and wrote messages of support in our photobooth.

We’ve got lots more events planned for our 40th anniversary.  Next one is our Annual General Meeting with an exciting speakers panel then a dance party. Come to one part of the event or the whole thing!

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SACHA Open House – All the Details

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SACHA volunteers and staff were hard at work today getting the centre ready for our Open House!

When: Thursday, May 21st from 2-6pm
Where: SACHA – 75 MacNab Street South, 3rd Floor

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We’re celebrating forty years of working to end sexual violence this year!

IMG_20150520_160623Our space is not only newly painted and has beautiful new flooring, but we’ve also decorated! IMG_20150520_160629Complete the SACHA Scavenger Hunt and get a chance to win a FABULOUS prize!

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Buy a 40th Anniversary pin for $2 or make a 40th Anniversary button!

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Pop by SACHA’s Sewing Circle to learn more about our Diverse Communities Outreach Programs and to help our facilitators make a sewing project. We’ve got lots of snacks to share in our group room!

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Head over to SACHA’s offices to meet more SACHA volunteers and staff and to see where individual counselling happens.

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Pick up some SACHA promo materials.IMG_20150520_164805 IMG_20150520_164809

And Draw the Line postcards in French and English.

SACHA’s 40th Anniversary Annual General Meeting and Exciting Panel Discussion

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agm panel posterSACHA is celebrating 40 years of working to end sexual violence. We want you to celebrate with us! Come to one or both parts of this exciting evening.

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING 

5:30pm Hear exciting SACHA program highlights and learn about amazing ways that volunteers are enriching SACHA. 

EXCITING SPEAKERS PANEL

6:30pm The World We Want: Feminists Talk will be a discussion between some kick ass intersectional feminists about where we have been, who inspires us, and what we want in the future. Featuring:

  • Danielle Be – Anishnaabe kwe, an Original woman of Turtle Island, she works everyday to reclaim and re-embody the knowledge and ways of living that were stolen from her through colonialism, patriarchy and capitalism
  • Farrah Khan – Crafty Muslim feminist and anti gender based violence advocate, committed to healing justice
  • Julie S. Lalonde – Ottawa-based public educator and women’s rights advocate
  • Poe Liberado – genderqueer, pansexual, hard femme robot, and chair of Pride Hamilton
  • With fabulous moderator Pauline Kajiura  – former SACHA staff and Executive Director of Community Information Hamilton
  • As well as a performance by the Tuesday Night Choir.

Do you have a question for the panel? Send it to us at sacha@sacha.ca.

FREE event!
All genders welcome.

Accessibility: The library is fully accessible, including washrooms. To request ASL interpretation please contact sacha@sacha.ca or 905.525.4573 by June 8th.

Were you involved in SACHA in the early years – 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s? Did you come to SACHA for support? Did you volunteer or work at SACHA? Did you come to a SACHA event like International Women’s Day or Take Back the Night?

We will have a gift at the AGM for everyone who was involved in SACHA during the early years.  We would love to hear your story – sacha@sacha.ca. Afterwards everyone is invited to a dance party at the Spice Factory.