#UseTheRightWords: Reporting on Sexual Violence Awards


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.


Be Kind To Yourself


When the stories of survivors are told in ways that are actually compelling in the media, it’s easy to get drawn in.

Sometimes – no matter how sensitively a survivor’s story is told – it can still be triggering.

Maybe the details of abuse, the coping strategies used or the healing journey bring up difficult memories and emotions for you.

Remember, it is always ok to decide to not watch a show, listen to a song or read a book if it makes you uncomfortable.

Be kind to yourself. As Audre Lorde – feminist writer and activist – once said “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare.”

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SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line is always here to listen – 905.525.4162.

Banner image by Chi Bird.

Telling Your Story


Have you used any of SACHA’s services – Counselling and Advocacy, Diverse Communities Outreach, or 24 Hour Support Line?

A national news network is making a short  video segment about the impact of sexual assault and how SACHA supports survivors.

If you are interested in taking part and talking about how SACHA has been a part of your healing please contact Erin Crickett, SACHA’s Public Education Coordinator  – 905.525.4573 or erin@sacha.ca.

We are pleased that two former SACHA service users are already participating.  We are looking for one more person to share their story.  SACHA hopes to highlight the experience of a diverse group of survivors, especially survivors who have been marginalized or faced barriers.

We are able to offer support around growing media skills.

Jian Ghomeshi Media Round Up #2


Al Jazeera English – Beyond Victim Blaming featuring Julie Lalonde from HollaBack! Ottawa and Draw the Line talking about rape culture and victim blaming

CBCnews.ca – VIDEO: 5 Myths About Sexual Violence feature Lenore Lukasik-Foss, SACHA’s Director and Chair of Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres Continue reading

Sex Worker Media Training


CounterFIT Women’s Harm Reduction Program is presenting a workshop – Sex Worker Media Training.


From their poster:

Let’s learn how to seduce the media with one of Toronto’s best!

Facilitated by the hot, sexy and sassy sex worker ally and sexual assault activist Jane Doe.

With Bill C-36 quickly moving through parliament, the media is turning to us to ‘pimp’ our stories, and politicians are seeking our expertise.

Learn how to talk back to government and media while not selling ourselves for their agenda.

When: Friday, September 5th – 1:30pm-4pm
Where: South Riverdale Community Health Centre – 955 Queen Street East, Toronto ON

Please RSVP by contacting Arlene Jane Pitts – 416.461.1925 x388 or apitts@srchc.com. Priority will be given to street based sex workers.

Tokens and snacks provided.

SACHA Broadcast — Feminist Links & Hijinks No. 25


It’s cold outside but we’ve got some hot feminist links to keep you warm!

Canadian tennis player Eugenie Bouchard made it to the semi finals in the Australian Open.  On the court directly after her win did the reporter choose to ask her about her training or her headspace?  Nope.  She was asked who in the whole world she would like to go on a date with.


That’s what British sports reporter Samantha Smith, herself a former tennis player who really ought to know better, asked Bouchard seconds after the match ended. A lot of people are pissed off about what Smith asked, and rightly so – it completely disregarded Bouchard’s abilities and achievements as a tennis player


Kiera Obbard wrote a great piece for the University of Ottawa’s paper, Fulcrum, about what sexual assaults get covered in the media and the tips that women are given to keep safe.

In addition to creating more inclusive spaces, Msosa would like to see a focus on community accountability and ways that people can help stop sexual assault, including practical strategies for intervening.

“In an ideal world, I want the community accountability to be there for survivors,” she said. “I would love to see the conversation shift from being, ‘This incident happened, women beware,’ to, ‘This incident happened, let’s all come together to figure out how we can keep our community safe.’”


Longtime activist Beth E. Ritchie writes about her ‘journey as a Black feminist activist working to end gender violence for the past 20 years, during which the United States was engaged in building itself up as the world’s leading prison nation’ and how that lead her to question how we respond to violence in our culture.

It means investing in a new kind of community, especially within communities of color, where those who are most disadvantaged are in leadership of sustained, base-building activities for justice. Concerns about gender justice and sexuality liberation would necessarily be included. Strategies to address the harm caused by violence would be grounded in these stronger, more equitable communities. Safety would come from communities, and, therefore, prisons could eventually become obsolete. Here, in a feminist prison abolition project is where I find the best possibility of the kind of liberation that I have been working towards for so long.


Media critic, anti-racist feminist, founder and executive director of Women In Media and News, Jenn Pozner (@jennpozner) has a simple tip for white progressives &male allies to ensure diversity in speaking events:
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Do you need a reason to come to SACHA’s Chocolate Fest on February 6th?  Here’s FIVE!