SWHAT Walkathon

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For the month of March, McMaster’s Student Walk Home Attendant Team will be donating one dollar to SACHA for every walk that they provide.

SWHAT understands that walking home late at night doesn’t cause sexual assault, so they created some awesome images to help bust myths and lies about rape.

If you’re on McMaster’s campus you can request a walk anytime from 7pm – 1am, 7 days a week three ways:

1. Call 905 525 9140 ext 27500
2. Visit our office in MUSC 226
3. Online walk form, at msumcmaster.ca/swhat

 

SACHA at City Council

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Yesterday SACHA’s Jia Qing and Lenore spoke at City Council about the need for a city-wide Transgender Protocol.

Here’s their presentation:

Good Morning, I’m Jia-Qing Wilson-Yang and this is Lenore Lukasik-Foss.  We’re here today on behalf of the Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton and Area), also known as SACHA, to encourage City Council to support the Transgender Protocol. In my work on a provincial project on trans women and sexual violence, coordinating a Canada wide research project on trans women affected by HIV, and as a youth worker supporting trans youth; as well as in my life as a trans woman, living in community with other trans women, I can tell you that first steps like this protocol need to be supported by people like you.

There simply are not enough statistics about trans people, but thanks to Trans Pulse an Ontario based study, we know that 34% of trans women have been physically assaulted for being trans and that 98% of trans people have experienced transphobia* (Marcellin, 2012.) We know that across Canada, 70% percent of trans youth report having been sexually harassed. Continue reading

What Has Been Helpful In Your Healing?

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Healing is hard work. The effects of sexual and emotional harm are complicated and make the path of a survivor unclear, nuanced, and volatile. What works for one person might not for another, and even what works for one person at one time, might not work at another. It can be draining to be constantly on the alert for what kind of care you need at each given moment, but with patience and support it does get easier.

Here are a few thoughts passers-through in the SACHA office have about what’s helping them heal right now:

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TBTN Thank Yous!

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We couldn’t make Take Back the Night happen in Hamilton without all these amazing people, organizations, and businesses!

Next time you see someone from these businesses and unions, please thank them for their amazing SACHA support.

The Take Back the Night committee is an AMAZING group of women that start planning the event in April. They do everything from finding donations, booking performers, making big decisions about the event, and helping folks to make signs. We appreciate their awesomeness, their energy, and their dedication to a world without sexual violence. Thank you TBTN committee members!

It takes over 30 volunteers to make the event run smoothly. Thank you to all the volunteers who helped create safety at the march by marshalling, who carried puppets, who served food, and who helped with clean up late into the night. We appreciate you.

Call For Submissions: Hamilton-based Housing Zine

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Inasmuch House is creating a zine (small publication) about the need for a National Housing Strategy that addresses the lack of safe and affordable housing, and how this affects women and families accessing violence against women and homeless shelters.

We would love contributions from other shelters, as well as spaces that work with women and families who have experiences trying to access safe and affordable housing.

Ideas for how to contribute:

  • Hold a workshop to talk about the National Housing Strategy and how it impacts women and families in shelters
    • Ask about the women and families experiences and stories, as well ideas for how to make positive changes – collect their stories in written format
    • Using half of an 8.5×14 sheet of paper, have residents share their experiences with housing – write poems, draw, collage, make a list, etc. – to contribute to the publication
  • Write / make art about your own experiences as a transition support worker working with women and families accessing housing: what are some major obstacles you’ve seen, what ideas do you have that could improve access?

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What A Great Day!

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We reached 2500 followers on Twitter.
2500-followers
 
This is a big deal to us because most folks don’t want to have hard convos about supporting survivors and working to end rape culture.
 
High fives and hugs to all of the folks supporting SACHA and working to end violence and oppression.
 
Follow us on Twitter (@SACHA_tweets) and Instagram (@SACHA.hamilton)!
 
#ShowYourSACHASupport

Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair

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hfzf square mapThe Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair,  organized by SACHA, celebrates and creates spaces for marginalized groups to have discussions about feminism through do-it-yourself publishing.

“We need to build maps describing the many ways we have worked, not just monuments to the past. Lets show each other the truth about how we fought.” — Kim Katrin Milan

We’re aiming to create an accessible event that gives a platform to those often under-represented in zine culture.

HFZF will have people tabling, selling and chatting about their zines, workshops, a calm chill out space and a six hour zine challenge.

When: Saturday, November 5th from 11am to 5pm
Where: Hamilton Public Library – Central Library: 55 York Road, Hamilton ON
Accessibility: The space is accessible, including washrooms. Here’s some more information about safe(r) spaces at HFZF. Continue reading