#UseTheRightWords: Reporting on Sexual Violence Awards

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Recognizing that Canadian media has the power to shape conversations about sexual violence, we want to celebrate insightful and challenging media reporting on sexual violence in the past year.

To get involved,  nominate articles and authors in the Canadian media at the local, regional or national level (e.g. Globe and Mail, Buzzfeed, Chatelaine, National Post, Toronto Star, Vice, Huffington Post, Vancouver Sun, Ottawa Citizen, etc.) that you think are deserving of one or more of the following awards:

Use The Right Words: Reporting on Sexual Violence Awards

  • Super Sleuth –  Best Investigative Article
  • Survivors Know Best: Best First Person Narrative
  •  We Begin by Listening: Best Interview
  • We Revolt at Dawn  – Best Overall Article
  • Desk Flip – Worst Overall Article and Author

To nominate an article for an award, go to http://bit.ly/RightWordsAward and submit your choices. The nominations will be open from December 8th 2016 – January 21st 2017.

Awards will be conferred on February 1st, 2017, the anniversary of the Ghomeshi trial. The awards are organized by femifestoOttawa Coalition to End Violence Against Women (OCTEVAW)Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, and Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education at Ryerson University.

Resources for Coun. Terry Whitehead

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At a Hamilton city council meeting on Monday, Councillor Terry Whitehead used the words ‘ripping and raping’ to talk about moving jobs off the mountain to downtown.

Terry: Rape is violence. Violence that mostly women and children live through. Words matter. Words have meaning. Especially when we’re talking about sexual violence. But you weren’t talking about sexual violence and that’s why folks are upset.

Ending rape culture is hard. We all make mistakes. It’s what we do when we eff up that counts.

We’ve put together some resources about why words are important and how folks can help to end sexual violence: Continue reading