We Believe Survivors – Peaceful Gathering January 9th

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Hamilton’s Woman Abuse Working Group is organizing a peaceful gathering in response to Bill Cosby’s scheduled performance in Hamilton.

When: Friday, January 9th from 7pm to 8pm
Where: At the corner of Summers Lane and Main Street in front of Hamilton Place.

From WAWG’s Facebook event:

The Woman Abuse Working Group (WAWG) is asking for everyone in our community to come join us for a peaceful gathering outside Hamilton Place before Bill Cosby’s Performance on January 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. We will meet at the corner of Main & Summers Lane in front of Hamilton Place.

While we question the support of alleged rapists, we are especially concerned about the message this sends to survivors of abuse and violence. We do not want this event to be about Mr. Cosby, we want this gathering to send a strong message to everyone in our community that we believe and stand by survivors. We also want to open a dialogue about violence against women in the entertainment industry. Many other celebrities have also been accused and yet most continue in their roles with little or no repercussions. 

We would like to emphasize that at the gathering we will not tolerate any behaviour that is oppressive. We also ask that you do not heckle those going in. We hope this is an opportunity for everyone in our community to support all victims of violence.

For any other questions or concerns, please visit us at our website (wawg.ca) and contact us via the online form.

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SACHA staff, volunteers, and supporters will be there!

We’re hosting a sign making party the day before for folks to gather and get crafty!

When: Thursday, January 8th from 4pm to 6pm
Where: SACHA – 75 MacNab Street South, 3rd Floor

What signs would you like to see a the gathering to show support for survivors in our community?

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Woman Abuse Working Group Speaks Out Against Bill Cosby’s Hamilton Visit

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The Woman Abuse Working Group (WAWG) calls on the community to speak out against Bill Cosby’s upcoming performance in Hamilton on January 9 at Hamilton Place.

WAWG is deeply concerned that Mr. Cosby’s performance is proceeding in our community, despite the numerous, public allegations of sexual violence from over 20 women (to date).

We question the support of alleged rapists and are especially concerned about the message this sends to survivors of abuse and violence – that celebrity and
entertainment are more important than taking a strong stand on violence against women. Continue reading

Draw The Line Launches in Hamilton

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Today is Draw the Line Day in Ontario.

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In Hamilton the Woman Abuse Working Group (WAWG) created our own video with community members’ thoughts about why Sexual Violence Awareness Month is important:

This morning WAWG also launched some of the new Draw the Line videos, including a video by Mujer about how we teach young men to speak out against sexual assault:

Stephen Chica shares his thoughts after going to a Mujer ‘Hasta Aqui No Mas / Draw the Line’ workshop:

I think it is important for youth, kids and adults to discuss and share ideas and experiences of sexual violence to better and resolve this issue in the community one step at a time.

Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes created a video about youth and online sexual assault:

You can check out all of Action ontarienne’s Draw the Line videos at Traçons les limites’ YouTube channel.

One in four women report being sexually harassed in the workplace. The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centre’s video asks what you think and where you draw the line when it comes to workplace harassment: