Category: Policy & Political Action

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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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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