5 Ways to Say #WeBelieveSurvivors

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On Thursday, March 24th, the verdict in the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial will be delivered. Join us in solidarity to support the women who bravely testified, the countless others who could not go to the police, and people who have lived through sexual violence in our communities.

Let’s create a space to remind ourselves and others impacted by sexual violence that we believe, support, and love survivors. No matter the outcome of the trial, we support people who have lived through violence. Together we will celebrate all the ways we resist and seek justice. We believe survivors.

#IBelieveSurvivors #WeBelieveSurvivors.

Five Ways You Can Get Involved on the Day of the Verdict, Thursday March 24th 2016

  1. Join Rally & March at Old City Hall 60 Queen Street West, Toronto Thursday March 24 6-8 pm. Family friendly event, all genders welcome. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1190762947600867/
  2. Post Selfies to Support Survivors online on March 24th with the hashtag #IBelieveSurvivors or #WeBelieveSurvivors. Show survivors that they are not alone. Show the world that we don’t believe victim blaming and myths about sexual violence. We believe survivors. Facebook event. For more information: http://sacha.ca/events
  3. Host a Self Care Crafternoon in your Community. We’ll bring the crafts, you bring the feelings. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/975489709199325/
  4. Participate in Court Solidarity with a Creative Intervention at 8:00am – 10am at Old Old City Hall 60 Queen Street West,. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/638586089613548/

Most importantly Check in with the Survivors in Your Life By: 

Practicing community care: Check in with people around you, follow their lead and ask what they need. Maybe it’s a Beyonce dance party, dropping off a meal, or sending pictures of cute animals. Don’t make assumptions, LISTEN. They may not want to talk at all, you can hold space, not talk. 

Being Prepared: People you care about might disclose that they are survivors of sexual violence be it harassment, assault or rape. Listen, believe, remind them it’s not their fault, that they have the right to be safe and they are not alone. You can share resources i.e. Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, Assaulted Women’s Helpline, Fem’aide, Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, SACHA‘s 24 Hour Support Line – 905.525.4162.

Respecting Boundaries: People may not want to talk about the trial or about sexual violence at all. It’s not survivors job to educate you on sexual violence myths or share information about what we were subjected to. Do your own homework on the issues.

This is a Collaboration Between:

  • Canadian Federation of Students, Ontario
  • Centre for Women and Trans People, Ryerson University
  • Centre for Women and Trans People, UTSC
  • Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education, Ryerson University
  • Sacha Hamilton: Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area)
  • Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, Multicultural Women Against Rape.
  • York University Federation of Students

Questions? Want to list your event or to endorse rally & march please email ovse@ryerson.ca & womenandtrans@rsuonline.ca

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