When: Thursday, May 7th from 8:30am to 4:30pm Where: Carmen’s Banquet Centre – 1520 Stone Church Road – Hamilton, ONCost: Before March 2nd – $40. After March 2nd – $50.
Who: Everyone who is interested in learning more skills to offer trauma informed support is invited. Material covered at Survive to Thrive will be especially important to helping professionals who are working with folks living with developmental disabilities as well as helping professionals working to end violence against women.Continue reading
Hamilton musicians Lee Reed and Mother Tareka are organizing a fundraiser for SACHA – Songs for SACHA.
When: Friday, January 30th – Doors at 9pm Where: This Ain’t Hollywood – 345 James Street North Cost: $5-$20 Sliding Scale – 100% of proceeds go to SACHA Who: The Pucumber Sasssquash Family Band, Haolin Munk, Amber Edgar, Neisha New Era, Lee Reed, Mother Tareka & The Rebel Funktion
We got a chance to chat with Lee Reed, MC, poet, writer, educator, and agitator, about the show.
What inspired you to organize a benefit show for SACHA?
It was this past fall. Late October, if memory serves me right. Mother Tareka and I had been meeting regularly, working on some songwriting. One night, about a week after the Jian Ghomeshi story had broken – the media was abuzz with whatever details were available at the time; people were rushing to Ghomeshi’s defence and arguing in pubs, at dinner tables, and online, questioning the validity of the victim’s claims.Continue reading
Why is participating in SACHA’s Chocolate Fest important to Beanermunky Chocolate.
First and foremost, it is to be a part of SACHA’s fundraising event. Sexual assault has probably affected each of us, or someone close to us, at some time or in some way. Secondly, it is an excellent way for a food business such as ours to be experienced by a large group of people. The opportunity to speak “one on one” with our customers and have them sample our decadent chocolate is a great marketing tool!Continue reading
Have you used any of SACHA’s services – Counselling and Advocacy, Diverse Communities Outreach, or 24 Hour Support Line?
A national news network is making a short video segment about the impact of sexual assault and how SACHA supports survivors.
If you are interested in taking part and talking about how SACHA has been a part of your healing please contact Erin Crickett, SACHA’s Public Education Coordinator – 905.525.4573 or email@example.com.
We are pleased that two former SACHA service users are already participating. We are looking for one more person to share their story. SACHA hopes to highlight the experience of a diverse group of survivors, especially survivors who have been marginalized or faced barriers.
We are able to offer support around growing media skills.
As an avid rock climber, I always felt comfortable enough in climbing gyms. I would go with both guy and girl friends and on my own, was happy to make friends with other climbers, and never felt overtly discriminated against. Occasionally I would have to put up with others, usually male, giving patronizing tips I hadn’t asked for and didn’t want or trying to engage me in conversations that made me feel uncomfortable.
Then my bouldering gym started a women’s only time, adding a couple extra reserved hours onto their schedule.
Intrigued, my female friend and I went and found something in that space that we hadn’t realized we were missing. Women at all levels of climbing were cheering each other on, there were baked treats, and even the music was female-fronted. The biggest wall, usually overrun by the stronger male climbers, was being climbed by women who said they’d never felt comfortable trying it when the largely male clientele were showing off their skills one after another.Continue reading
In Hamilton, the Woman Abuse Working Group is organizing a peaceful gathering to show our support for survivors. More details here.
This is Sara’s speech from that night, originally posted on SASC’s website:
Sexual violence has been all over the news lately, with stories of Cosby, Ghomeshi, and other powerful men accused of assaulting multiple women. We’ve seen an outpouring of support for survivors of sexual violence. We’ve also seen a number of myths about sexual violence surface.
One of these myths is that women lie about being assaulted. In truth, false reporting is rare and accounts for about 2-4 percent of sexual assault reports. It’s much more common that a woman would never disclose her experience than it is that she would lie about it. 90% of survivors of sexual violence never report their experience to police.Continue reading
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.
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?