Quiet Online in January


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.


  • 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


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




Ladies Learning Code in Hamilton


This week we’re focusing on women in tech since we’re speaking at CREST – Current Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology – this Friday.

Ladies Learning Code is a not-for-profit organization that strives to be the leading resource for women and youth to become passionate builders – not just consumers – of technology by learning technical skills in a hands-on, social, and collaborative way. Classes are run in 21 cities across Canada from London all the way up to Whitehorse.

SACHA chatted with Meg Smith, a local web designer and the Hamilton Chapter Co-Lead of Ladies Learning Code. Meg  got involved with LLC when she attended an LLC event and was so impressed at the inclusive environment, the ease of learning and how inspiring it was to see other women working in the industry already.

Why is it so important that women learn code?

I wouldn’t say that it’s important that all women must learn code, but more that it’s important that if they want to they should have a barrier-free experience doing so.

We strive to create a safe, supportive environment where women (and men!) can learn to code and gain the confidence to keep going.  Continue reading

Gender in Tech: Men (Un)Learning the (Bro) Code


Since SACHA is speaking about STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) at CREST – Current Research in Engineering, Science, and Technology this Friday, this week we’re focusing on women in tech!

At last November’s What Makes a Man Conference there was a fabulous panel called Gender in Tech: Men (Un)Learning the (Bro) Code.

It featured Saadia Muzaffar – Senior Director of Marketing at Audience View, Natalie Zina Walschots  – who is doing her PhD in video games, digital cultures, and feminist criticism, and Ramona Pringle – digital journalist and producer.

Lyndsay Kirkham – writer, college professor and creator of Feminist Anne of Green Gables and Syndications on the Rights of Women – was not able to be at the panel as she was making a police report because of online threats and harassment.

They talk about the exhaustion of constantly having to prove yourself in tech, about the need for folks to listen to the stories of women who are working in tech, and about how men can take action every day.

Watch the entire panel here: