The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is a network of sexual assault centres across Ontario. We represent 31 English-language sexual assault centres. Our membership includes sexual assault centres from across Ontario, offering counselling, information and support services to survivors of sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse and incest.
What do we do?
- We speak up with and for survivors of sexual violence, bust victim-blaming myths, and reduce stigma for those who have been sexually violated.
- We speak to the media about sexual violence myths and misconceptions, the facts about reporting and conviction rates in Canada, and the needs of survivors in local communities.
- We speak up for women’s rights, including women and girls’ right to live free from violence.
- We speak up for marginalized and equity-seeking groups.
- We partner with allies such as the Centre for Research on Violence Against Women and Children, The Learning Network on Violence Against Women to share information about sexual violence and its root causes.
- We help other organizations to develop sexual violence training for professionals
- We engage with the provincial government on policy issues relevant to sexual violence.
- We make policy recommendations on issues relevant to sexual violence, the needs of survivors, and sexual assault centres.
- We participate in public education on sexual violence.
- We facilitate communication between sexual assault centres.
- We work with other regional, provincial and national groups addressing sexual violence and other forms of gender-based violence.
…and much more!
OCRCC’s work includes partnering with various community and academic allies to develop training for professionals to improve their skills in respectfully responding to sexual assault disclosures. Our provincial public education campaign “Draw The Line”, funded by the Ministry of Status of Women and developed in partnership with Action Ontarienne, challenges common myths about sexual violence, and equips bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively.
OCRCC is pleased to be a member of the Premier’s Roundtable on Violence Against Women.