Consent Through Shadows at International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers Event


December 17th was the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers

To mark this date, Big Susie’s held a film screening and open mic night at This Ain’t Hollywood. The organizers asked folks planning to attend the event if they would bring their own sex positive performances

A group of four women decided to be brave and try out an idea they had been floating around for a while now about putting on a performance of sexy consent.

The decision came out of an observation that talking about good consent often comes in instructional format—Ask questions! Check in! Out loud!—but rarely in the form of sharing actual examples

They created a sexy consent-filled body shadow-puppet show about making out and having sex, and tried it out for the first time last night

Here are some reflections from anonymous performers A, B, C and D!

What was the performance about?

Performer A: This performance was about consent and how it can be supersexy and fun! We showed consent in a couple different scenes.

Performer B: I think that performance was about how consent can really enhance a sexy-experience. It doesn’t need to be a chore — it can be superhot to put words to our desires.

Performer C: It was about being brave and about creating more public examples of positive, healthy sex.

Performer D: To me this performance was about turning that bullet point list that outlines what consent is and what it is not into real life words and actions. To me, this performance was about removing the privacy tape from around the topic of consent. To me this was about showing people examples of something that should have been openly discussed in my grade ten health class in that portable where all we discussed in detail were the proper spellings of sexually transmitted infections. Continue reading

SACHA Gets Major Support From Meridian


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

Ferguson is a Feminist Issue


When women are abused in overwhelming numbers and when survivors are not believed, we are told that our lives don’t matter.

When black people are stopped by police for no reason and when they are shot for no reason, we are told that black lives don’t matter.

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Black lives matter. Women’s lives matter. Trans lives matter. Indigenous lives matter.

We need to be working to end all oppressions. Continue reading

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


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

International Women’s Day 2015 – Equality for Women is Progress for All


We’re busy planning our 2015 International Women’s Day celebrations for March 8th!

To raise money for the amazing event we are having a raffle for a beautiful drum made by IWD committee member Wilamina McGrimmond.

Tickets are $5 or three for $10.

To buy tickets or for more information about International Women’s Day celebrations contact Sandra – 905.525.4573 or

SACHA’s Chocolate Fest & Silent Auction Presented by Meridian


CF2015PoscardBackSACHA – Hamilton Sexual Assault Centre – has been working to support survivors and end sexual violence since 1975.

Show your SACHA support and help us to keep offering these much needed services in Hamilton!

On February 5th, we will be celebrating SACHA’s 11th Annual Chocolate Fest and Silent Auction Presented by Meridian.

Join us for an elegant evening of chocolate treats from Hamilton and surrounding areas premier chocolatiers, bakeries and restaurants.

When: Thursday, February 5th from 5:30pm to 8:30pm
Where: Liuna Station – 360 James Street North, Hamilton ON
Tickets: $50 or ten tickets for $450. Buy tickets online at

For additional ticket information contact sacha at 905.525.4573 or email

Money raised at Chocolate Fest helps SACHA to support survivors of sexual violence and to work to end violence in Hamilton.

SACHA Support Line Volunteer Info Session


SnipImageAre you passionate about women’s rights, supporting survivors of sexual assault and ending violence in our community? Volunteer for SACHA! There are lots of ways to get involved at SACHA, but we’re especially looking for women-identified folks who would like to volunteer on our 24 Hour Support Line. As part of SACHA’s work against racism and other oppressions, we strive to reflect the diversity of the communities we serve. Women-identified folks who are First Nations, Métis, immigrant, refugee, lesbian, bisexual; women from racialized communities, women with disAbilities and trans women are encouraged to apply. Have questions about the commitment involved or the amazing in-depth training? Come meet Sandra and Miriam and ask all of your questions. When: Tuesday, February 10th at 5pm Where: YWCA – 75 MacNab Street South, Hamilton ON – Room 313 There’s no need to RSVP but if you have questions about the information session or volunteering on the Support Line contact: – Miriam – Support Line Coordinator – – Sandra – Diverse Communities Outreach Coordinator –

Laverne Cox in Hamilton


Anyone that has the audacity to be themselves should be celebrated; not discriminated, ridiculed, stigmatized and criminalized. — Laverne Cox

Trans advocate and actor Laverne Cox will be coming to Hamilton on March 23rd!

Laverne’s visit to Hamilton is presented by Mohawk College’s positive space Social Inc ., partnered with The Well: The LGBTQ Community Wellness Centre of Hamilton and SACHA – Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre.

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