Category: Policy & Political Action

Victims left short by program changes: Ontario critics

People working on the front lines to support victims of crime say Ontario’s changes to support programs will rob some victims some of vital counselling and “life-changing” funding. The government has scrapped the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and the Financial …

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Gender-based violence: the importance of affordable, accessible childcare

Canadian research shows that “there is a direct link between economic empowerment and gender-based violence. Women with domestic violence experiences have more disrupted work histories, are on lower personal incomes, have had to change jobs more often and are employed …

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Statistics Canada: Almost 19% year over year increase in Sexual Assaults in Ontario

Last week, Statistics Canada released recent findings of Incident-based crime statistics[1] in Canada. In these statistics, we can see that the prevalence of sexual assault in Ontario rose from 7,434 police-reported incidences in 2016 and 8,782 in 2017 to 10,634 …

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Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls: “pervasive, immediate and urgent”

As women’s advocates, we know that the threat of violence continues to loom too large as a reality in the lives of Indigenous girls and women in Canada. On average, Indigenous women aged 25 to 44 are five times more …

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Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) Responds to Attack at synagogue in Poway, California and other targeted attacks

Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) acknowledges and condemns the targeted violent attack at a Chabad synagogue in Poway, California, outside San Diego this weekend. Six months after the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, one month since the Christchurch mosque attacks …

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Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres responds to the Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey findings

Sexual violence can happen anywhere. Yet colleges and universities in Canada are home to those who are at the highest statistical risk of experiencing sexual violence: young women between the ages of 15 and 25 years[1]. In this, it makes …

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Sexual violence crisis centre faces an uncertain future

York Region’s only sexual violence crisis centre faces an uncertain future after promised provincial funding falls through. The Women’s Support Network of York Region, based in Newmarket and serving survivors of sexual violence across the region’s vast urban and rural …

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Has #MeToo really made a difference?: NOW Toronto

The #MeToo movement surged in the fall of 2017. But it hasn’t exactly changed everything. When it comes to sexual assault in general, the glass is both half full and half empty. The #MeToo movement has had a massive impact …

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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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