Highlights from Welcome Week Training

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In one week SACHA trained over 1500 Welcome Week faculty reps, residence reps, as well as residence life staff Community Advisors. The forty minute training is an introduction to the statistics, Canadian law, rape myths, rape culture, and taking action.

For a longer recap, check out this storify.

We start out every workshop talking about about SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line. Welcome Week reps can call the line if they have questions about supporting survivors, bystander intervention, and taking action to end rape culture.

We cover Canadian sexual assault law, what is sexual violence, and some quick statistics about sexual violence.

We ask folks what they look for in friends:

We confront some myths and lies that we’re taught about rape.

We talked about examples of rape culture in the media, at the bar, on the bus, and during Welcome Week:

Participants thought of ways that they can take action to end sexual violence every day.

Final thoughts:

Ending rape culture and creating a culture of consent takes more than one forty minute conversation. We’re excited to keep up the momentum and continue to have conversations throughout the year!

If you’d like to invite SACHA to lead a workshop with your group contact SACHA’s Public Education Coordinator, Erin Crickett – erin@sacha.ca.

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Taking Action to End Sexual Violence

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Ending sexual violence feels like a GIANT task, but there are small things that you can do every single day to work both to create a culture of consent, to stand up against rape culture, to question victim blaming, and to support survivors.

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  • Learn more about sexual violence – Listen to survivor stories, how abusers use power and control, how different forms of oppression intersect, recognizing rape culture happening every day, what enthusiastic consent looks like. So much to learn!
  • Practice your consent skills – It’s not just for sex! Asking for a hug or checking to see if you can take someone’s photo is a great way to practice consent every day.
  • Think and prepare – Treat bystander intervention like first aid! Read up on what you could do before situations happen. Talk with friends, read articles, brainstorm ideas.
  • Take ACTION! – Now that you’ve thought about it, use one of your many tools to challenge oppressive or sketchy behaviour.
  • Speak OUT! – Create a video, zine, piece of art, write a blog post, post articles and infographics, talk with friends.
  • Support Survivors – Listen to them. Believe them. Ask them how you can help.

Need someone to bounce ideas off of? Call SACHA’s Support Line to talk about how you can take action every day – 905.525.4162.

Why Do You March? #21

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“I march at Take Back the Night because I’m part of the statistic – one in three women. I think all women deserve to feel safe and secure in their environment, and coming here has helped me feel that way. Since my sexual assault, I’ve been told to be careful, be afraid, to watch out, so it won’t happen again. It was never my fault and I don’t want other women who’ve gone through that to feel like it’s ever their fault. I do this for them.” – Britt

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Craft Your Rage – Pre-Take Back the NIght Sign Making Party

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Got an awesome idea for a sign for this year’s Take Back the Night? Want to tell all of Hamilton and the world how you believe survivors?

Just want to play with glitter? C’mon over to SACHA’s Pre-TBTN Sign Making Party!

Share snacks, ideas and conversation with awesome people.

We’ll supply bristol board, markers, and sign making supplies but if you have any special art supplies you would like to bring you are more than welcome.

Folks of all genders welcome to this free event.
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What Is Group at SACHA?

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Women's Group for survivors of CSA  September, 2015Flyer CSA Men - Jan 2016SACHA has a group for women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse starting on Wednesday, September 16th and will have a group for men who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse on January 27th.

We often are asked ‘What is group?’ and ‘What happens at group?’

What is Group?

Sexual abuse survivors may know that other people have experienced violence, but it is a very different feeling to be in a room with other people saying “I felt this,” or “I lived this,” and knowing that you are not alone in your healing.

“I learned a lot from group. The most important thing I learned is that I am important.” – SACHA group participant

SACHA offers closed groups for survivors who have experienced childhood sexual abuse. Registration is ongoing, so if you are interested please call and chat with a counsellor. 

What is Closed Group?

Closed group has the same members coming each week from beginning to end. This consistency helps folks to develop trust and safety in the group process. Group members know that they will see familiar faces each week.

“We may have different stories, but we all have the same feelings. The leaders were awesome and made me feel its OK to be me. With all my emotions and confusion. “ — SACHA group participant

Uncertainty is a worry for many new group members. Over the course of group many people surprise themselves when they felt comfortable sharing their feelings and their life experiences.

“I am comfortable with my first experience in a group setting. I wouldn’t feel as afraid to enter one again.” – SACHA group participant

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