Services for Male Survivors Secured Until 2017

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SACHA received pilot funding to start seeing male survivors of sexual violence in September 2011.

The response from men has been incredible!

SACHA helped my giving me the courage to talk about what happened to me with others.  Not only being able to talk to the counsellor at SACHA, but to share my story with my friends and family.  The services offered at SACHA helped the shame and embarrassment of being a male survivor of sexual abuse disappear, and it helped me finally address things head on and realize it was not my fault for what happened to me. — Adam, former SACHA service user

Male_Crowd_Poster_final_1We recently found out that the pilot funding has been continued until 2017.

Anyone interested in accessing counselling at SACHA, would like a poster, or would like to book a SACHA presenter can call SACHA’s office at 905.525.4573.

SACHA also offers training to workplaces and helping professionals on a wide range of topics including supporting survivors, dynamics of sexual assault and unique barriers and issues that male survivors experience.

Currently SACHA is able to offer counselling in English and Spanish and make use of interpreters in other languages, including ASL. SACHA has partnered with the Centre de Santé Communautaire de Hamilton/Niagara and the Hamilton Regional Indian Centre to offer culturally-appropriate services for French-speaking and Aboriginal/First Nations men.

A man who’s been to SACHA for counselling also shared this poem with us:

The Beacon

A ray of hope
Shining through the fog of life
That’s what you are to us the survivors
You offer a safe place to recover, to vent, to heal
You ask for nothing in return
Your payment is seeing the broken healed or mended on the road to recovery
You offer advice, a shoulder to help
Some journeys start and end with you
But most do not
So at least it’s a start
Like the light houses and buoy markers of old you try to guide us
Through the treacherous routes that the events that have lead us to you and beyond

Thank you.

Hammer City Roller Girls at the Launch of IT’S TIME… To End Violence Against Women On Campus

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During International Women’s Week, SACHA and the YWCA were excited to launch a new program on McMaster’s campus – It’s Time… to end violence against women on campus.

Hammer City Roller Girls showed their support by coming to the launch in their full derby gear!

HCRG at Its Time Launch March 2013

Leah’s, HCRG’s Vice President, said some amazing stuff about the campaign and how HCRG supports women’s empowerment:

Hello and happy International Women’s Week. I’d like to start by thanking the YWCA and SACHA for inviting the Hammer City Roller Girls (HCRG) to participate in the launch of this incredibly important project.

The HCRG is an all female, not-for-profit, skater operated, flat track roller derby league based in Hamilton and founded in 2006. The league is committed to promote female athleticism and teamwork, with a mandate support initiatives that better the lives of women and children in our community.

To the average outsider, a roller derby girl is tough and can overcome any obstacle in her way, but we know that we’re just as vulnerable as any other female member of the community, and do our best to support each other as teammates.

When we’re playing a game, the jammer – our point scorer – is more likely to be the target of the opposing team.   As her teammates, we’re constantly looking to protect her, create a path for her, and give her a hand to whip her around faster on the track. On and off the track, we’re always looking out for each other.

We are proud of our city and love to contribute to it.

We know that when the women within a community succeed, the whole community can find success.

Obstacles to this success such as violence and oppression must be overcome and we know that the best way to stand up to it is to stand together.

The Hammer City Roller Girls will continue to lend support to the wider community at events like Take Back The Night and larger projects such as this one.
For more information about our league, it’s work within the community, our events and recruitment please visit hammercityrollergirls.ca

Thank you to HCRG for being such a strong supporter of SACHA and the work that we are doing!

Let’s Get Loud!

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School has just started again and if you’re looking to take a break from homework you could practice some TBTN chants!

Here are some English, French and Spanish chants to get you inspired for the night of the march.  Make sure to bring along a noisemaker and get ready to be loud so all of Hamilton can hear our message!

English:

Women unite
Take Back The Night!

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TBTN 2012 Performers

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We have an exciting group of folks lined up to lead us in dance and yoga and also to show us how amazingly talented women-identified folks in Hamilton can be!  Some are new to TBTN and others you might recognize from years past.

We will start off the evening with laughter yoga lead by Kathyrn Kimmins from Laugh Yourself Healthy.

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New Issue of Women’s Press

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You should check out this month’s issue of The Women’s Press put out by the Immigrant Women’s Centre.

Just look at this run down of a couple of the topic:

  • Is Hamilton an inclusive community?
  • My name as a barrier
  • Ideas for systematic change
  • Hamilton’s to five most welcoming spaces for newcomer women
  • Targets of G20 profiling speak out

Check out the online version here.