Survive to Thrive – A Conference about Trauma Informed Support


Trauma informed conference May 7th 2015 (word)The Southern Ontario Network of Specialized Care, Family Counselling Centre of Brant, Twin Lakes Clinical Services, and SACHA – Hamilton’s Sexual Assault Centre are hosting a conference about trauma informed support for folks living with development disabilities.

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

Songs for SACHA


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.

bb_lee8_zps66615a34What 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

Spotlight on Chocolate Fest Bakeries – Beanermunky


SACHA’s Chocolate Fest is coming up soon on Thursday, February 5th and we are highlighting some of the bakeries that we be bringing delicious chocolate treats!

Buy tickets to Chocolate Fest here.

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

Telling Your Story


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

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.

SACHA on CHCH Morning Live!


We were on tv this morning talking about Chocolate Fest and the amazing work that SACHA is doing to support survivors and work to end sexual violence.

Even though it was just a tiny window into the indulgence of Chocolate Fest, there was a table FULL of treats from Hotti Biscotti, Weils of Westdale, and Cupcakes of Westdale Village.

If your mouth is watering, make sure to get your Chocolate Fest tickets soon soon soon!

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

Bike Repair and Woman-Identified Only Spaces


by Johanna Bleecker

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

African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day


By Nomvelo Nkomo

Canada’s first ever African, Caribbean and Black Canadian HIV/AIDS Awareness Day will take place this February 7th, 2015.

This day will help raise awareness of HIV and contribute to addressing HIV-related stigma in Canada’s African, Caribbean and Black communities.

This commemorative Day is inspired by the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day that has been observed in the U.S. on February 7 every year since 1999.

To celebrate the first ever Canadian African Caribbean and Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, the ACB education and outreach program at The Aids Network will be screening the film 12 Years a Slave.

When: Saturday, February 7th from 1pm-4pm
Where: The AIDS Network – 140 King St East, Suite 101

Light refreshments will be served!

Contact: Nnkomo or 905-528-0854 ext. 230 Continue reading

The Bottom Line on Cosby, Ghomeshi and Other Powerful Men Accused of Assault


by Sara Casselman

When Bill Cosby performed in Kitchener on Tuesday, folks organized an alternative show – Voices Carry – to show their support of survivors and to raise money for the work that the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region and Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region is doing.

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:

speakthetruthSexual 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

5 Reasons to Go to SACHA’s Chocolate Fest


SACHA’s Chocolate Fest presented by Meridian is coming up on Thursday, February 5th.

You can buy tickets to Chocolate Fest online or by calling 905.525.4573.

Here are five reasons you should go:


Great people. Delicious treats. Fun time.  If you don’t like fun, you might want to take a pass… Continue reading

We Believe Survivors – Peaceful Gathering January 9th


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 ( 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?