As part of Hamilton Public Library‘s Hamilton Reads Series (#HPLreads), HPL and SACHA are hosting four Draw the Line workshops.
Tuesday, October 3rd – Safe Partying
Wednesday, October 4th – How to be an Ally to Survivors
- 2:30pm at Ancaster Branch: 30 Wilson Street East
- 7pm at Barton Street Branch: 571 Bartons Street East
If a coworker, family member or friend told you they had been assaulted, would you know how to respond? This interactive session will get participants thinking through the best ways of supporting people we love who have experienced sexual abuse.
For the Ancaster workshop please register ahead of time by calling – 905-648-6911.
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.
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:
Julie Lalonde project coordinator of Draw the Line, a provincial campaign to engage folks in ending sexual violence, is coming to Hamilton!
When: Tuesday, October 11 from 12:00pm to 1:30pm
Where: Mohawk College – McIntyre Theatre, Fennel Campus
Join Julie Lalonde for an interactive presentation looking at tangible ways that we can prevent sexual violence at bars and parties. Participants will leave with concrete tools and resources to help them be effective bystanders.
Julie S. Lalonde is an Ottawa-based feminist activist and women’s right advocate. Julie has won numerous awards for her work, including being named a recipient of the “Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case” (2013), a “Driver of Change” by MTV, and 2013’s “Best Volunteer in a Leading Role” by Volunteer Ottawa.
During the month of May, Sexual Violence Prevention Month (#SVPM), we’re posting one true thing a day.