OCCRC’s Response to the Ontario Election

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The Province of Ontario elected a Progressive Conservative, government on June 7, 2018.

At Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC), we have appreciated the significant work of the previous Ontario government’s It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan on Sexual Violence and Harassment, and its leadership in the Action Plan’s implementation, including the Premier’s Provincial Roundtable on Violence Against Women.

We also recently saw the launch of the Ontario Gender-Based Violence Strategy, which would directly increase funding to sexual violence support services in Ontario. The Ministry of Status of Women’s work, under the Ontario Liberal Party, made brave and effective efforts to raise awareness around sexual violence, improve support for victims, improve prevention education, and introduce policy that improved system response to survivors. In the time of #MeToo and #TimesUp, this work was timely —and in our opinion, unprecedented in our government.

We value the Province’s commitment to address gender-based violence, its prevalence, and the challenges facing survivors of violence. We hope this work continues – as many will agree, much more work still needs to be done.

OCRCC hopes to work with our new government to further this important cause. While change can be challenging, there can also be opportunities.

Here’s what we commit to do:

OCRCC will continue to speak up with and for survivors of sexual violence, address victim-blaming myths, and reduce stigma for those who have been sexually violated. We will also continue to speak up for women’s rights, including women and girls’ right to live free from violence, and for the rights of all marginalized and equity-seeking groups.

Be part of this work. Here’s what you can do:

1. Continue believing survivors of sexual violence in your communities.
2. Help connect survivors and those that care about them to sexual violence supports near you.
3. Advocate for government investment and support in community sexual assault support services.
4. Stand up for those who experience stigma and discrimination on the basis of their gender identity, sexual orientation, sex, gender, race, age, ethnicity, religion, and other factors.
5. Join and support organizations, movements and groups advocating for an end to sexual violence.

Together, we will make a difference.

Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is a network of community-based sexual assault centres/rape crisis centres across Ontario. Sexual assault centres deliver free and confidential crisis, advocacy and ongoing support to survivors of sexual violence throughout all of Ontario. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, please go to http://www.sexualassaultsupport.ca.

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SACHA’s HIRING

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This is a RARE opportunity! SACHA last hired a counsellor over ten years ago. Our staff turnover is extremely low.

Here’s all the info:

Counselling and Advocacy Program Counsellor
Part-time (21 hours/week), 1 year contract (with possibility for renewal)
Salary: $30,128 per year plus benefits

The Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area) –SACHA, seeks a woman-identified or non-binary person to fill the position of part-time (contract) Counselling and Advocacy Program Counsellor.

The Successful Candidate will possess the following qualifications and skills:

  • A minimum of 3-years’ experience offering counselling and co-facilitating groups to individuals who have experienced sexual violence
  • A strong understanding of sexual violence from an intersectional feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppression perspective
  • Relevant College and/or University degree or applicable experience
  • Ability to respond effectively to the needs of survivors from diverse backgrounds and life experiences and to offer appropriate counselling and advocacy supports
  • Knowledge of appropriate community resources
  • Strong interpersonal, communication (oral and written), team-building and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Evening availability
  • Willingness to flex time as required
  • Ability to speak a second language in addition to English is a definite asset.

Please send letter and resume by February 9th, 2018 to:
SACHA Hiring Committee
3rd Floor – 75 MacNab Street South
Hamilton, Ontario
L8P 3C1
sacha@sacha.ca

No phone calls/email inquiries please.
We thank all applicants in advance. Only those selected for interviews will be contacted.

As part of SACHA’s work against racism and other oppressions, we strive to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Woman identified and non-binary persons, who are Indigenous, immigrant, refugee, lesbian, bi-sexual, 2 Spirit, queer, racialized, with disAbilities, and/or who experience any other oppressions are encouraged to apply.

No More Murdered Women

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We are hurting that there was another femicide in Hamilton. We remember, grieve, and fight for Natasha Thompson.

Here’s a whole post of ways to recognize violence and how to help.

Lots of friends ask ‘Why didn’t she just leave?’ without realizing how complex the abuse is and that the most dangerous time for a survivor is when they leave the relationship.

How we can help a friend: You can never ever go wrong with believing them and saying “I’m here to help”. Listening, validating, and letting someone know what’s happening to them is abuse and not ok.

Supporting survivors like first aid; we should be practicing the skills before we ever think that we would need them.

Learning what is an isn’t violence is the first step.

We’ve got LOTS of resources on our website on how to take everyday action, #BystanderIntervention#SupportingSurvivors, and you can always call our 24 Hour Support Line if you’re worried about a friend – 905.525.4162.

Neighbours, Friends and Families has created a list of warning signs that an abusive relationship might be lethal including:

– He has access to her and her children
– He has access to weapons
– He has a history of abuse with her or others
– He has threatened to harm or kill her if she leaves him: He says “If I can’t have you, no one will.”
– He threatens to harm her children, her pets or her property
– He has threatened to kill himself
– He has hit her, choked her
– He is going through major life changes (e.g. job, separation, depression)
– He is convinced she is seeing someone else
– He blames her for ruining his life
– He doesn’t seek support
– He watches her actions, listens to her telephone conversations, sees her emails and follows her
– He has trouble keeping a job
– He takes drugs or drinks every day
– He has no respect for the law
– She has just separated or is planning to leave
– She fears for her life and for her children’s safety or she cannot see her risk
– She is in a custody battle, or has children from a previous relationship
– She is involved in another relationship
– She has unexplained injuries
– She has no access to a phone
– She faces other obstacles (e.g. she does not speak English, is not yet a legal resident of Canada, lives in a remote area)
– She has no friends or family

Women who are under 25 years of age, disabled women, Indigenous women, and women living common-law experience violence at much higher rates.

If you are experiencing violence in a relationship: You are worthwhile. You are powerful. We are here for you. It is possible to live without violence.

It is possible to have a world without violence and we look forward to building that world with you.

Unmasking Rape Culture Conference

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This conference is incredible and FREE!

Art[4]Change: Unmasking Rape Culture explores the intersection of contemporary art, gender, and sexuality through the lens of scholars, activists, performances, and visual artists.

When & Where?

Thursday, November 23rd – 12pm to 5pm
McMaster University’s L.R Wilson Hall
1280 Main St W, Hamilton, ON L8S 4L8

Following with the opening reception of 20 Minutes of Action exhibition from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM at McMaster Fitzhenry Atrium (School of the Arts)

Friday, November 24th – 11am to 5pm
The Spice Factory
121 Hughson St N, Hamilton, ON L8R 1G7

Sign up now!

Registration is free, but space is limited. Sign up here to reserve your spot.

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Participating Conference Speakers include:

Erin Crickett
Janice Hladki
Farah Khan
Julie Lalonde
Yami Mosa
Meaghan Ross

Performances by:

Mother Tareka
Hamilton Youth Poets (HYP)
Suma Nair
and more

Participating Artists include:

Lesely Loski Chan
Insoon Ha
Hitoko Okada
RoyaAkarbi
Francisco Fernando Granados
Nathaniel Donnette
Rodrigo Valenzuela
Shelly Niro
Marry Walling Blackburn

Art[4]Change: Unmasking Rape Culture is in partnership with McMaster University, SACHA – Sexual Assault Centre of (Hamilton and Area), Centre[3] for Print and Media Arts and funded by the Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts and the Ministry of the Status of Women.

Telling Our Stories: Immigrant Women’s Resilience

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“Telling Our Stories” is a multi-lingual one-of-a-kind graphic novel created by immigrant women, to support immigrant women.

Join us for an interactive workshop to explore the graphic novel’s creation and stories as well as our own stories and strengths.

We’ll have free copies of the graphic novel for participants in multiple languages! Come meet other awesome incredible women in Hamilton.

Where: Hamilton Public Library, Central Library Wentworth Room – 55 York Boulevard, Hamilton ON

When: Sunday, September 10th
2pm: Welcome
2:30pm: Workshop begins
3:30: Food and socializing

Childcare and bus tickets provided. Please email if you need interpretation or any accommodations – crickett@sacha.ca

Presented by SACHA, Centre de santé, and Hamilton Public Library as part of the Hamilton Reads series. #HPLreads

Very thankful for the support of Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants and MOFIF – the Ontarian Movement of Francophone Immigrant Women and the graphic novel’s funder – The Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

Immediate Online SACHA Support!

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NEW! Through a pilot, we’re able to offer immediate support online or over text.

Just like our 24 Hour Support Line, immediate support is available to survivors, their friends, families, co-workers, and classmates.

How does it work?

The online chat can be accessed through SACHA’s website, on the Home page. The texting number is 647-977-5908. It’s a Toronto number till December only, but no worries, it is us! For the online chat to work, please ensure that you have Flash enabled on your browser.

At this point it’s a pilot with the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, from June to December 2017; but we hope to be able to extend this service beyond December 2017.

Currently support through online chats and texting is available:

  • Mondays 6pm-midnight
  • Fridays 8pm-2am

The awesome supportive listening we offer on our 24 Hour Line = 905.525.4162 – is always there for survivors and their supporters too!

 

 

Pride March Moved To Corktown Park

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From the Hamilton Pride Organizers:

Please be advised that the Hamilton Pride Rally that was originally scheduled to take place at Hamilton City Hall at 71 Main St. West on Saturday, June 17, 2017 from 10:30am to 12:30pm will now be held at Corktown Park next to Ferguson Ave S. between Young St. and Forest Ave. in downtown Hamilton. The rally will be followed by a march and a party in the park. All other Hamilton Pride 2017 Pride Events are going ahead as originally scheduled.  Join us in celebrating Pride! Continue reading