You can interrupt sketchy behaviour at a bar, concert, or a party to prevent
These skills are new for lots of folks! Just like first aid, these strategies require learning, relearning, and practice.
SACHA has got your back! If you see something sketchy and you unsure how to take action, you can call SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line to chat about ideas and options – 905.525.4162.
The number one action you can take RIGHT NOW is:
Bystander Intervention Skills
Don’t go it alone. Gather your peeps. Who is near that can help?A friend? Security staff? Even if it’s just to validate that the behaviour is not OK.
- “I think she needs our help, but I don’t know what to do. Have any ideas?”
- “Will you watch while I go chat with them?”
Approach either the person being targeted or the person doing the harassing and be direct.
- “Are you OK?”
- “Can I help you?”
- “That’s not OK.”
- “You need to stop.”
Think of a way to distract the folks involved in the situation: either the person being targeted or the person doing the harassing.
- “Can you take a pic of my friends and I?”
- “What time is it?”
- “Where’s the washrooms?”
- “That’s a FAB outfit! Where did you get it?”
- “My friend’s gone missing. Can you help me find them?”
Make a record or keep your eye on the situation in case it escalates.
NEW! Through a pilot, we’re able to offer immediate support online or over text.
Just like our 24 Hour Support Line, immediate support is available to survivors, their friends, families, co-workers, and classmates.
How does it work?
The online chat can be accessed through SACHA’s website, on the Home page. The texting number is 647-977-5908. It’s a Toronto number till December only, but no worries, it is us! For the online chat to work, please ensure that you have Flash enabled on your browser.
At this point it’s a pilot with the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, from June to December 2017; but we hope to be able to extend this service beyond December 2017.
Currently support through online chats and texting is available:
- Mondays 6pm-midnight
- Fridays 8pm-2am
The awesome supportive listening we offer on our 24 Hour Line = 905.525.4162 – is always there for survivors and their supporters too!
On November 5th 2016, we organized the 3rd annual Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair. We asked folks who attended, tabled, organized, and volunteered at the fair to contribute their words, drawings, and collages to our collective zine to give messages of support to survivors. This zine is a collection of ideas, hopes, images, and stories that show up, and spread love and support, for all survivors.
From SACHA with strength, courage, and healing: here are your messages of support for survivors.
May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month.
If you would like a free copy of the zine stop by SACHA’s office during business hours – 3rd floor of 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON.
SACHA volunteers donated 10 454 hours last year.
Volunteers warmly listen on our support line, organize events, give important input on committees, and bring their general intersectional feminist awesomeness to SACHA.
We appreciate their skills and gifts SO MUCH!
No jokes, SACHA would not exist without these exquisite humans.
If you know a wonderful SACHA volunteer, please ask them if they’d like a hug or a high five and tell them it’s from us.
#NationalVolunteerWeek #welovevolunteers #HamOnt
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:
Here’s all the info you could ever want about this powerful event.
When: Thursday, October 13th
6pm – We Gather
7pm – We Rally
7:30pm – We March
Where: Hamilton City Hall – 71 Main Street, Hamilton ON
Who: TBTN centers the experiences of women and gender non-conforming folks. We invite men to cheer the march on from Gore Park.
Some quick links about:
I march because I am a survivor of domestic violence and sexual abuse. — TBTN Participant
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