Quiet Online in January

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We LOVE using social media to create conversations about ending sexual violence and creating cultures of consent.

Our Public Educator, Erin Crickett, is away from SACHA until February. She handles all of SACHA’s social media – FaceBook, Twitter, Instagram, and this blog. That means that we won’t be posting as much during the month of January. You might not see the latest news story about sexual violence in our feed.

SACHA’s massive fundraiser Chocolate Fest is coming up on March 2nd. Annie, our amazing Chocolate Fest Coordinator, will be posting on Chocolate Fest updates on Twitter and Instagram. Make sure to follow! Contact Annie if you’d like to donate or sponsor SACHA.

If you want to get in a hold of SACHA, social media isn’t the best way even when Crickett is in the office. If you have questions about any of our programs – Diverse Communities Outreach, Counselling & Advocacy, 24 Hour Support Line or Public Education – calling the office – 905.525.4573 – or sending us a message is the best!

If you’re in need of immediate non-judgmental listening our 24 Hour Support Line  is always available – 905.525.4162.

Things you might not know about SACHA’s Public Education Program:

  • We only have one paid worker in the entire program, Erin Crickett. She works only works four days a week.
  • The program covers workshops and trainings, media (both legacy and new media), community collaboration, and events like Take Back the Night and Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair.
  • In 2015/16 fiscal year we presented to 5040 workshop participants.
  • We currently receive more requests to facilitate workshops than we’re able to provide.
  • The wifi in SACHA’s office, which was only installed a year ago, doesn’t reach to Crickett’s office because the router is not powerful enough. When she wants to post a picture on Instagram, she has to lurk in her doorway.

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  • Our work ending sexual violence and creating consent culture is having an impact.  Last year 95% of workshop participants at the end of the workshop strongly agree or agree that they understand how to prevent sexual violence.
  • Here’s what workshop participants are saying about our workshops:
    • ‘Taught me about myself and how I want my body to be treated.’ – Grade Nine Girl
    • ‘Normal may not always be right.’ – Grade Nine Girl
    • ‘My friends and I still talk about the presentation from last year.’ – Grade Ten Boy
    • ‘Sexual assault is more about power than attraction.’ – Grade Nine Bo
    • ‘Really good speaker, not boring at all.’ – Grade Nine Girl

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Support all of SACHA’s amazing programs by donating to SACHA today! #ShowYourSACHASupport

 

 

Highlights from Welcome Week Training

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In one week SACHA trained over 1500 Welcome Week faculty reps, residence reps, as well as residence life staff Community Advisors. The forty minute training is an introduction to the statistics, Canadian law, rape myths, rape culture, and taking action.

For a longer recap, check out this storify.

We start out every workshop talking about about SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line. Welcome Week reps can call the line if they have questions about supporting survivors, bystander intervention, and taking action to end rape culture.

We cover Canadian sexual assault law, what is sexual violence, and some quick statistics about sexual violence.

We ask folks what they look for in friends:

We confront some myths and lies that we’re taught about rape.

We talked about examples of rape culture in the media, at the bar, on the bus, and during Welcome Week:

Participants thought of ways that they can take action to end sexual violence every day.

Final thoughts:

Ending rape culture and creating a culture of consent takes more than one forty minute conversation. We’re excited to keep up the momentum and continue to have conversations throughout the year!

If you’d like to invite SACHA to lead a workshop with your group contact SACHA’s Public Education Coordinator, Erin Crickett – erin@sacha.ca.

Have You Heard? No. 13

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Over 3500 people came to SACHA workshops last year.

Are You In?

Support SACHA’s work by becoming a monthly donor.

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Every day in April we will be posting information about SACHA services and sexual violence as well as ways that folks can support SACHA.

We’re calling on you to take action!  There’s lots of ways for your to spread the word and to support SACHA:

1. Support SACHA’s work! Become a SACHA monthly donor.
2. Share the campaign with friends!
3. Let folks know that you support SACHA using the #HaveYouHeard hashtag.
4. Follow SACHA’s blog and Twitter or become friends with SACHA on Facebook.