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.

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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

SACHA’s 2017 Annual General Meeting

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You’re invited to SACHA’s Annual General Meeting.
 
Please let us know that you plan to attend by contacting Maria at 905.525.4573 x221 or sacha@sacha.ca.
 
Our business meeting will be from 5pm to 6:15pm. The meeting is a chance for us to review our year, welcome new or returning management committee volunteers, and for SACHA members to make larger decisions about the orgnization.
 
After the meeting at 6:30pm, wonderful Jiaqing Wilson-Yang will be speaking about Granting Inclusion: Trans Women and Sexual Violence from 6:30pm to 7:15pm.
 
Come for the entire event or just one part!
 
ACCESSIBILITY
The YWCA Senior’s Centre Auditorium is entirely accessible. There are gendered washrooms with stalls inside the Senior’s Centre and large single stalled non-gendered washrooms on the first floor and in the basement.
 
Thank you to Katie Raso for designing this year’s AGM report.

Celebrating 40 Years of OCRCC

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OCRCC-is-Turning-40-posterOCRCC – Ontario’s coalition of English-speaking sexual assault centres – is turning 40 this year!

THIS IS A BIG DEAL!

When SACHA was founded in 1975 it was by a group of survivors with no funding who wanted to change the world. When patriarchy, oppression, and colonialism are still so powerful and present in our daily lives, this anniversary is reason to CELEBRATE!

What we have planned…

  • 6:30pm Meet and Greet
  • 7:00pm Greetings
  • 7:15pm Comedian Elvira Kurt
  • 8:00pm Presentations and Awards
  • 8:15-9:00pm Social

When: Wednesday, June 21st, 2017
Where: Ramada Hotel and Suites – 300 Jarvis Street, Toronto ON
Please RSVP to Nicole (ocrcccoordinator@hotmail.com), JoAnne (directorwsac@vianet.ca), or Michelle (michelle@sascsl.ca).