Why Do You Volunteer At SACHA?

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It’s #NationalVolunteerWeek. We could go on and on about how important volunteers are at SACHA and how much we admire their amazingness – we already did in this post!

We thought we’d also hand the mic to our volunteers and let them explain why they give so much to SACHA:

“I volunteer at SACHA because it warms my heart to know there are so many wonderful feminists in the world! Thank goodness for SACHA!” – Katie, Take Back the Night volunteer

‘I love SACHA because it creates a wonderful human connection in a time of need and I fell like there are so few opportunities to share openly and be loving in response.’ – SACHA Support Line volunteer

“I volunteer at SACHA because I believe survivors.” – Jordan, Take Back the Night Committee Member Continue reading

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Broad Convos and Zine Launch

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To celebrate May – Sexual Violence Prevention Month – we teamed up with the cool folks at Broad Conversations for their May event.

When: Tuesday, May 23rd, 7:30pm-9:00pm
Where: 541 Eatery & Exchange – 541 Barton Street East, Hamilton ON
Who: This gathering is for women-identified, gender fluid and gender non-conforming folks only, please. Children are enthusiastically welcome to attend.
Cost: FREE! Continue reading

We Heart SACHA Volunteers

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SACHA volunteers donated 10 454 hours last year.

Volunteers warmly listen on our support line, organize events, give important input on committees, and bring their general intersectional feminist awesomeness to SACHA.

We appreciate their skills and gifts SO MUCH!

No jokes, SACHA would not exist without these exquisite humans.

If you know a wonderful SACHA volunteer, please ask them if they’d like a hug or a high five and tell them it’s from us.

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#NationalVolunteerWeek #welovevolunteers #HamOnt

A Mess Of Follow Ups

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Talking with youth about ending sexual violence and oppression and creating a culture of consent can lead the group to SO MANY amazing places.

Here’s some links that we promised to share with the last couple of workshops that we did with high school students:

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  • Questions about alchohol and consent come up so often in our workshops. Everyday Feminism has a GREAT article with things to consider”
    • “Don’t try to talk yourself into thinking that someone is more into sex than they actually are, and don’t try to convince yourself that someone is less drunk than they appear to be. Doing so may be tempting, but it can open the door to a whole host of potential problems, including committing sexual assault.”
  • We’re finding that lots of folks have already seen the consent tea video when we come to visit them in class. This means we can have some good conversations about it.
  • When facilitating workshops, we have quoted ‘The standard you walk past is the standard you accept,’ from this video, many times:
  • When we ask why folks aren’t using words to ask for consent, some young men share that they are afraid of ending up in the ‘friendzone’. Everyday Feminism and BuzzFeed have great articles that unpack why ‘friendzone’ is entitlement and harmful.
    • “We shouldn’t expect to get rewarded with sex or a romantic commitment simply for being a decent human being.”

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  • When talking about how consent has to be given willingly and freely, many participants were struggling to understand how someone who is afraid that saying ‘no’ will lead to further violence, we shared a recent story of a woman who was killed for not giving a man her phone number.
  • Young women want to talk about sexist dress codes and we’re have lots of examples of young women taking action!
  • Lots of folks already know about how sexist double standards affect women, but sexism and toxic masculinity harm men as well. Films like Shredded and Tough Guise examine this.
  • We always end our workshops by talking about everyday ways folks can work to end sexual violence in their communities. This week we had a great example of bystander intervention with the story of Kathrine Switzer’s number being retired from the Boston Marathon.

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  • Draw the Line is a FABULOUS bystander intervention campaign that asked real life questions about sexual violence and gives folks tools and strategies for responding.

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#DayOfPink 2017

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#DayOfPink was created for folks to speak out about homophobic and transphobic violence and harassment. http://pinkshirtday.ca/about-us/

Social Inc. put on a FABULOUS day of creating conversations about how we can all be involved to take action to end oppression. Thank you to everyone who chatted with us and participated in our photobooth!