Immediate Online SACHA Support!

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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!

 

 

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Survivor Stories

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There is no right or wrong when it comes to how a survivor of sexual violence should act, feel, process, or heal. Some folks find sharing their story can be helpful to process feelings, cope, break silence, be validated, connect to wider struggles against sexual violence, and much more.

Here are just a few of the many brave and fierce survivors who have shared their stories in many ways:

SACHA’s 24 Hour Support Line is there to hear your story – as much or as little as you would like to share: 905.525.4162.

Selfies to Support Survivors

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We learn the verdict of the Ghomeshi case on March 24. Let’s flood social media with love and support for survivors of sexual violence.

On March 24th, post a selfie or a photo of your group to show your support with the hashtag #IBelieveSurvivors.

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Show survivors that they are strong and that they are loved. Let’s show the world that we don’t believe victim blaming and rape myths. Let’s show the world that we believe survivors.

Tag SACHA Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Get Involved!

  • Take a pic and post it on March 24th with the hashtag #IBelieveSurvivors. Tag SACHA as well!
  • Invite your followers to the Facebook event – https://www.facebook.com/events/190664507966931/
  • Make ‘I Believe Survivors’ your profile pic.
  • Share this email with your networks.

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HFZF Zinster Interview – Femme-Crimes Distro

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Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair is coming up on Saturday, November 7th! We’re featuring some of the cool peeps that will be tabling at the event starting with Billy from Femme-Crimes Distro.

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Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Billy, also known as Starchild Stela. I’m a non-binary multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator. I love to organize events and art shows. I’m also very passionate about anti-oppression politics and self-publishing.

My current works centre around emotionality, vulnerability and softness, with a strong emphasis on my experience as a trauma and sexual violence survivor.

Femme-Crimes Distro is a zine project I’ve been working on for about a year now and is still developing. I wanted to create a catalogue of zines that are art-based and created by people who identify with feminist values and queerness. I distribute zines and comics created by people with various life experiences and different backgrounds. The core direction of my distro is to value the plurality of femme identities and the exploration of its various aesthetics. Continue reading

Survivor Rising

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by Jennifer Fleming

My name is Jennifer and I am a rising survivor of childhood sexual abuse.  I am riding 260km along the Lake Ontario Waterfront Trail, from Hamilton ON to Presqu’Ile Point Provincial Park in Brighton ON, to raise money for SACHA.  My goal is to raise $500.00 for their excellent community services.

My story is simple; I suffered most of my life with a seeming inability to trust, get close to people, or feel good about myself.  I believed all the worst things about me, and I believed the world was a dangerous place to be.  I learned to survive by hiding, pushing people away and carrying the burden of my shame alone.  It felt safer that way… Until it didn’t anymore.

Four years ago I made a decision to deal with the pain and fear.  It was a hard decision and much of it has felt like recovery from frost bite; there’s an awareness that something is numb, a part that feels dumb and useless and barely alive.  As life and feeling are brought back, so comes the pain of all that I refused to feel before.  Healing hurt.  Healing hurt a lot. Continue reading

SACHA Gets Major Support From Meridian

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On February 5, 2015, SACHA will be hosting its annual fundraiser – Chocolate Fest and Silent Auction and is pleased to announce its partnership with Meridian, Ontario’s largest credit union, as presenting sponsor.

“I was thrilled to hear about the level of commitment from Meridian. We are so grateful for their support. This sponsorship is going to impact many people in our community.” says Lenore Lukasik-Foss, SACHA’s Director.

SACHA’s Chocolate Fest features sweet and savoury treats from local restaurant and bakeries, live entertainment and a silent auction. Guests are invited to plan a night out with friends to indulge in delectable dishes. All of the money raised at this event supports survivors of sexual violence. Continue reading

What Happens When You Call the Line?

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SACHA 24 Hour Support Line offers confidential and anonymous 24-hour non-judgmental telephone support. The Support Line is for adults, 16 years of age or older, who have experienced sexual violence at any point in their lives and to folks supporting survivors.

But what actually happens when you call the line?

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How to call…

  • If you can, find a private place to make a call.
  • Dial 905.525.4162.
  • An operator will answer and say, “Answering for SACHA, Sexual Assault Centre”. This isn’t a SACHA worker. They are there to connect you to a SACHA support worker, and will ask you for a name and a phone number.
  • When the worker asks for a name you can give them your given name, one that you have made up, or even say “I’d rather not”.
  • When the worker asks you for a phone number you can either give your real phone number so you can get a call back from a volunteer or say “I’d rather not”. If you have a block on your phone, please tell the operator about it.
  • A trained SACHA volunteer will call you back within 10 minutes or as soon as she finishes any previous calls. She will introduce herself with her first name and let you know she is from SACHA. She will offer to explain our confidentiality policy.
  • You can talk to her.
  • Busy signal – Getting a busy signal when you call the line is rare, but can happen when call volume is high. If you get a busy signal please call back! You deserve to talk to someone.

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