In a visit across Canada, Pope Francis asked for “forgiveness in the name of the church” for its part in Canada’s residential school system, the church’s attempts to erase Indigenous cultures, and the role many of its members played in …

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“We are a privileged country. We have the means to do better.” – Deb Singh, Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape “We have dealt with one crisis after another, which means that today, after 33 years of existence, our …

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“Many of these centres are funded at a 1990s level, but they’re seeing service demands that are more reflective of reduced stigma and more people wanting to talk about sexual violence today.”  – Nicole Pietsch, OCRCC Writer and Advocate. “We’re …

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The Supreme court has ruled that extreme intoxication is an available defence for violent crimes. As sexual violence survivor advocates, we at Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) are both alarmed at the implications of this ruling, and frustrated …

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