#UseTheRightWords: Reporting on Sexual Violence Awards

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Recognizing that Canadian media has the power to shape conversations about sexual violence, we want to celebrate insightful and challenging media reporting on sexual violence in the past year.

To get involved,  nominate articles and authors in the Canadian media at the local, regional or national level (e.g. Globe and Mail, Buzzfeed, Chatelaine, National Post, Toronto Star, Vice, Huffington Post, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, etc.) that you think are deserving of one or more of the following awards:

Use The Right Words: Reporting on Sexual Violence Awards

  • Super Sleuth –  Best Investigative Article
  • Survivors Know Best: Best First Person Narrative
  •  We Begin by Listening: Best Interview
  • We Revolt at Dawn  – Best Overall Article
  • Desk Flip – Worst Overall Article and Author

To nominate an article for an award, go to http://bit.ly/RightWordsAward and submit your choices. The nominations will be open from December 8th 2016 – January 21st 2017.

Awards will be conferred on February 1st, 2017, the anniversary of the Ghomeshi trial. The awards are organized by femifestoOttawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, and Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education at Ryerson University.

TBTN Awards

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This year we’re doing awards differently at Take Back the Night.

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In the past we’ve highlighted Best Sign, Most Spirit, and Most Inclusive display and had honorable mentions. This year we’re awarding three awards in each category. Not 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. Just three equal awards.

There is so much awesomeness at the event and we wanted to recognize the creativity and energy that folks in Hamilton are putting towards a world without sexual violence.

Big thank yous to United Trophy for donating nine trophies this year! We appreciate it.



Take Back the Night, an annual event organized by SACHA — Sexual Assault Centre (Hamilton & Area) — 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 centres the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invite men to cheer on the march from Gore Park.

When: Thursday, October 13th

6:00pm – We Gather
7:00pm – We Rally
7:30pm – We March

Where: Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main Street, Hamilton ON
Who: Women, gender non-conforming folks, and their children are welcome!

Read about why we organize Take Back the Night as a space for women and gender non-conforming folks to speak out against violence here.

Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #TBTN2016!

More Information:

TBTN Awards!

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Who is going to win this year?

Awards include:

  • Best Sign – Start thinking of yours today!
  • Most Engaging Display – Whichever community organization goes above and beyond to make their table really interactive for folks coming to TBTN. We’ve had collective art projects, street harassment maps, photobooths, clotheslines, in the past…
  • Enthusiasm Award – Goes to the group of people who put extra effort into their Take Back the Night experience. It could be creating matching fabuous outfits or even just coordinating to wear the same colour or working extra hard to get everyone from your class or workplace to participate in TBTN.

Thank you to United Trophy for donating the fabulous awards.

Check out last year’s winners to get some inspiration! Continue reading

Take Back the Night Awards!

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We celebrated our 33rd Take Back the Night in Hamilton on Thursday, September 18th at Hamilton City Hall.

Women and kids brought their energy and spirit to remind our community that sexual violence is still an issue.

Thanks to United Trophy we had some FABULOUS awards to give out.

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Best Sign

First place – Charlie Smith’s “Are you indifferent?”

Honorable Mention – Briar Latam’s “Sisterhood Solidarity”

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Most Inclusive Display

First Prize – The Well LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre

DSCF1146Honorable Mention – PATH Employment

Most Spirit

First Prize – Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara

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Honorable Mention – CUPE 5167

Honorable Mention – Flamingo Mutiny Brigade

TBTN Awards!

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This year at Take Back the Night you could win so many awards!  You could win the best sign award, most inclusive display award or the most spirit award.

You could win the best sign award.  Last year Amelia won the best sign award

“I Take Back the Night…
…Because I cannot take back the day on which I was raped;
…Because I cannot take back the time spent in court;
…Because I cannot take back the energy devoted to supporting myself (when my friends turned their backs);
I Take Back the Night because I cannot take back all the love I shared in 14 months in an abusive relationship!”

Sylvia and Katimavik Hamilton had honorable mentions:

Sexism is a bitch

Canada’s Youth Say NO to Violence

Continue reading

TBTN Awards

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TBTN is all about ending sexual violence and all other forms of violence in our community, but there is also a chance that you might win a shiny award this year!

We will be celebrating the best sign, most inclusive display from a community organization and most women from an organization.

If you need ideas for your sign check out these links:

  • the photos from our sign making party last week
  • “Yeah, What She Said” Feminist Radio from Calgary’s post about TBTN
  • OPIRG McMaster’s post about SlutWalk Hamilton
  • F.O.R.C.E.’s (Feminist Organization Reclaiming Conciousness and Equality) photostream
  • Signs from SlutWalk Toronto
  • Signs from SlutWalk Chicago

Thanks to United Trophy for donating the shiny awards.