Category: Policy & Political Action

Government spending cuts impact Indigenous programming in Ontario: OCRCC Responds

The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) responds with concern to recent government spending cuts impacting Indigenous programming in Ontario. In arts, a fund for Indigenous culture that was set up in response to calls for action from Canada’s Truth

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Ontario’s Rape crisis centres continue to await promised funding

Rape crisis centres don’t yet know if they will receive additional funding promised by Ontario’s previous Liberal government earlier this year as part of a gender-based violence strategy. Deb Singh, of the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape, said Wednesday the government

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Ontario’s Resolution R4 (on gender identity): OCRCC Responds

Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) denounces resolution R4, the PC government’s recent draft   resolution to not recognize gender identity. If confirmed, this resolution would guide the Ontario’s PC party’s policies. The inclusion of gender identity in curriculum, school-based

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Sexual assault centres are overwhelmed in the #MeToo era

In Waterloo Region, a woman was visiting her doctor’s office when she noticed a sign and phone number for the Sexual Assault Support Centre. She went home and called the number, and shared that she was sexually abused as a

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#SurvivorsCan’tWait: Ontario rape crisis centres still awaiting funding promised

Included in the Ontario gender-based violence strategy was up to $14.8-million over three years to increase the capacity of current Sexual Assault Centres — as well as open new ones in communities where none currently exist. The Sexual Assault Centre

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Ontario: Won’t Say If They’ll Honour Funding Bump For Rape Crisis Centres

Last week, NDP MPP Suze Morrison rose in question period to ask the Ontario Progressive Conservatives if they would honour the previous government’s gender-based violence strategy, which included a promise to increase funding for rape crisis centres by 33 per

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Sexual Assault Survivors know Dr. Blasey Ford’s impossible burden

Testimony in a sexual assault case – which relies on a survivor’s willingness to provide it – has the power to make an unknown and often serious incident visible. Without the victim’s story, it can remain a secret, hidden forever.

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Poverty, Sexual Violence and Ontario Income Supports

Sexual violence can impact anyone. But Canadian and global statistics tell us that the prevalence of sexual and relationship is gendered – that is, it is experienced at higher rates by women, girls and trans persons. Women and children in

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Government repeals Ontario’s Sex Education Curriculum: OCRCC Responds

This September, Ontario will revert to an outdated 1998 sex-ed curriculum. Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) believes that this shift will adversely impact Ontario’s young people. Providing comprehensive sex-ed is first and foremost “about making sure that young

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OCRCC: Ontario elects Progressive Conservative government

The Province of Ontario elected a Progressive Conservative, government on June 7, 2018. At Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC), we have appreciated the significant work of the previous Ontario government’s It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan on Sexual

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