Why Do You March? #10

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“I march at Take Back the Night to get my RAGE out!” — Andrea

Why are you marching at Take Back the Night? Let us know in the comments. Continue reading

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Why Do You March? #9

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“I march at Take Back the Night because I find it to be a form of support. It is always amazing.” — Tina

Why are you marching at Take Back the Night? Let us know in the comments. Continue reading

Time for Change is Here

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We are hearing a lot lately about sexual violence in the military. Marie Deschamps released a report about the issue.  Julie Lalonde has been in the media after her experience of sexual harassment during a presentation at Royal Military College and then the harassment and death threats she received after going public about the abuse.

The Ottawa Coalition Against Violence Against Women, Sexual Assault Network Ottawa, and Draw The Line wrote an open letter to the Canadian Armed Forces:

Dear Members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF),

We understand that within the last month, you’ve been facing a lot of criticism about a sexual violence in the military. We also understand that your initial reaction to this criticism might be to say, “#NotAllSoldiers.”

Let us be clear: The criticism you are facing is not directed at any one member of the Forces, but rather a culture that permits, excuses, and minimizes the experience of sexual assault and harassment in the military.

You’ve been given an opportunity by Madame Deschamps’s report to challenge and change this culture. Indeed, it is the CAF’s opportunity to go above and beyond the ‘call of duty’ that she laid out in her report. The proven benefits of prevention are founded in its ability to address the normalization and minimization of sexual violence. Through the consistent challenging of sexist attitudes and violent behaviour, a culture which permits sexual violence will be eliminated. Without direct, decisive, and consistent action a culture of violence will continue to thrive. The CAF also needs to take steps to truly believe survivors and provide adequate support when violence does occur. Transformation can only occur by:

1. Calling sexual violence what it is. This is a not “pressing desires,” it is not “biological wiring.” Even the language of “sexual misconduct” minimizes the severity of what we are talking about. Sexual violence is an inexcusable exercise of power which is meant to dehumanize and violate another person’s human rights. Continue reading

#bye felipe – A Kind of Funny But Mostly Awful Instagram Account

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by MF Miller

I have to admit that when I first discovered the Instagram account #byefelipe I wasn’t quite sure what to think.

You see, #byefelipe is made up entirely of screenshots. Each has been submitted by women who have snapped angry or hostile messages they’ve received from male strangers on social media or through online dating sites.

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In every case, the guys started out looking to chat or date these women and were either ignored or turned down. The images here showcase a range of reactions from guys on dating websites that vary from defensive immaturity to outright hate and hostility. Some of the submissions are so extreme that they almost feel as though the scenarios you are scrolling through couldn’t possibly be real. Continue reading

Gender and STEM: From Legos to Learning Code

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SACHA is speaking about Gender and STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – today at CREST – Current Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology. (So many acronyms!)

CREST is put on by the awesome folks at WISE – Women in Science and Engineering.

Here are some of the links, videos, reports, and articles that we talked about.

To get excited for the discussion we watched the amazing panel from the What Makes a Man conference – Gender in Tech: (Un)Learning the (Bro) Code.

We started with Emily Graslie of the Brain Scoop’s amazing video ‘Where My Ladies At?’

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Have You Heard? No. 21

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Have You Heard 21Have You Heard?

Almost half of all Ontario high school girls have been the victim of unwanted sexual comments or gestures.

Are You In?

Work to end violence in your school.

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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.