WAWG Confronts Rape Myths

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For May, Sexual Violence Awareness Month (#SVPM), Hamilton’s Woman Abuse Working Group created a video to better help folks understand sexual violence more complexly.

Most folks understand that sexual assault is any unwanted sexual act, but once they hear that a survivor contacted their abuser, or stayed in a relationship, or accepted a gift from them, they start doubting them.

If there was no consent, it’s still sexual assault.

Let’s shift the focus from picking apart the survivor’s actions and responses and start putting the pressure on folks to stop perpetrating sexual assault. Continue reading

LABOUR SONG PIONEER: MALVINA REYNOLDS

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 By Tara Bursey

Last year, the Workers Arts & Heritage Centre held a sing-a-long and concert in our backyard and main gallery featuring the Syracuse punk-folk band, The Malvinas. I have this awesome band to thank for introducing me to the glorious music of their namesake, Malvina Reynolds.

Who is Malvina?

Malvina Reynolds was born Malvina Milder in the year 1900 in San Francisco. She began singing and writing songs later in life, after acquiring a degree in music theory and meeting folk musicians (among them Pete Seeger and Earl Robinson) when she was in her late 40s. She went on to write several popular songs, including “Little Boxes,” recorded by Pete Seeger and others, “What Have They Done to the Rain,” recorded by The Searchers and Joan Baez (about nuclear fallout), “It Isn’t Nice” (a civil rights anthem), and many others. Malvina the magnificent also appeared a number of times on Sesame Street (as a character named Kate) and was a songwriter for the series in the 1970s. Continue reading

#GivingTuedayCA

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SACHA’s waiting list is too long. If you call SACHA today you might have to wait three months to start counselling.* We want for there to be no wait at all.

We want to run more Multicultural Women’s Sewing Circles.

We want to respond more quickly to workshop requests.

We want to do more prevention education.

We want to offer more training to helping professionals so they can better respond to disclosures.

We want to do more to end sexual violence and we need your help to do it.

Donate to SACHA today to make a difference.

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There are so many ways to support survivors and end sexual violence, donating to SACHA is just one of them.

Imagine a day dedicated to giving back … around the world, across Canada and in your own community! Just as Black Friday kicks off the holiday shopping season, GivingTuesday is the opening day of the giving season.

#GivingTuesdayCA

 

*We do offer folks an immediate support appointment when they first call us. We know that having a waitlist keeps survivors from calling us.

Services for Male Survivors Secured Until 2017

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SACHA received pilot funding to start seeing male survivors of sexual violence in September 2011.

The response from men has been incredible!

SACHA helped my giving me the courage to talk about what happened to me with others.  Not only being able to talk to the counsellor at SACHA, but to share my story with my friends and family.  The services offered at SACHA helped the shame and embarrassment of being a male survivor of sexual abuse disappear, and it helped me finally address things head on and realize it was not my fault for what happened to me. — Adam, former SACHA service user

Male_Crowd_Poster_final_1We recently found out that the pilot funding has been continued until 2017.

Anyone interested in accessing counselling at SACHA, would like a poster, or would like to book a SACHA presenter can call SACHA’s office at 905.525.4573.

SACHA also offers training to workplaces and helping professionals on a wide range of topics including supporting survivors, dynamics of sexual assault and unique barriers and issues that male survivors experience.

Currently SACHA is able to offer counselling in English and Spanish and make use of interpreters in other languages, including ASL. SACHA has partnered with the Centre de Santé Communautaire de Hamilton/Niagara and the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre to offer culturally-appropriate services for French-speaking and Aboriginal/First Nations men.

A man who’s been to SACHA for counselling also shared this poem with us:

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A ray of hope
Shining through the fog of life
That’s what you are to us the survivors
You offer a safe place to recover, to vent, to heal
You ask for nothing in return
Your payment is seeing the broken healed or mended on the road to recovery
You offer advice, a shoulder to help
Some journeys start and end with you
But most do not
So at least it’s a start
Like the light houses and buoy markers of old you try to guide us
Through the treacherous routes that the events that have lead us to you and beyond

Thank you.

Spotlight on Chocolate Fest Bakeries – Beanermunky

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SACHA’s Chocolate Fest is coming up soon on Thursday, February 5th and we are highlighting some of the bakeries that we be bringing delicious chocolate treats!

Buy tickets to Chocolate Fest here.

Why is participating in SACHA’s Chocolate Fest important to Beanermunky Chocolate.

First and foremost, it is to be a part of SACHA’s fundraising event. Sexual assault has probably affected each of us, or someone close to us,  at some time or in some way. Secondly, it is an excellent way for a food business such as ours to be experienced by a large group of people. The opportunity to speak “one on one” with our customers and have them sample our decadent chocolate is a great marketing tool! Continue reading

Have You Heard? No. 22

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Have You Heard 22Have You Heard?

You have a right to a safe workplace, school and home.

Are You In?

Call SACHA’s Support Line if you’d like to talk about your safety – 905.525.4162.

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Every day in April we will be posting information about SACHA services and sexual violence as well as ways that folks can support SACHA.

We’re calling on you to take action!  There’s lots of ways for your to spread the word and to support SACHA:

1. Support SACHA’s work! Become a SACHA monthly donor.
2. Share the campaign with friends!
3. Let folks know that you support SACHA using the #HaveYouHeard hashtag.
4. Follow SACHA’s blog and Twitter or become friends with SACHA on Facebook.