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:
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.
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?
The 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
Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA, is a powerful opportunity for survivors and their supporters to actively build connections, assertively reclaim our right to safety, and courageously stand up against violence.
TBTN centers the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invite men to cheer the march on from Gore Park.
Use your voice! Take a stand against victim blaming and to support survivors of sexual violence. Lets let the entire world know that we believe survivors!
This year’s event will include giant puppets, information tables, drumming, Zumba, sign making, music, some surprises and, of course, a loud and empowered march! Continue reading
Support, trust, compassion – I feel accepted, validated and most of all listened to. – SACHA group participant
SACHA has a new support group for survivors which uses art activities to help in the healing process.
The group is open to women-identified folks who have experienced sexual violence as adults.
Call a SACHA counsellor if you are interested in our Creative Healing Group – 905.525.4573.
But I’m Not An Artist!
You don’t need to have any background in art to participate! Come out and take some creative chances with us.
I’m Nervous About Talking…
Being a survivor of sexual abuse can be really difficult to talk about. Art based activities can offer a chance to express ourselves in ways than can feel safer.
I’m Not Sure…
Lots of folks have questions or concerns about group. If you are interested at all, please call SACHA to chat with a counsellor about Creative Healing – 905.525.4573.
What Happens in Group?
Great question! We wrote a whole post about what group is, what happens in group, and folks’ fears and excitement about group here.