Category: Press Releases

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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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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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This September, Ontario will revert to an outdated 1998 sex-ed curriculum.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 Responds: Ontario’s Strategy to End Gender-Based Violence

On March 1, 2018, the Province of Ontario launched the It’s Never Okay: Ontario’s Gender-Based Violence Strategy. Announced by Harinder Malhi, Minister of the Status of Women, Michael Coteau, Minister of Community and Social Services, and Yasir Naqvi, Attorney General …

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OCRCC Supports C16: An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code

Press release: Bill C-16 An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code aims to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act to add gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. The enactment …

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Victim of Unfounded Sexual Assault Complaint Sues the London Police Services for Violation of her Charter Rights

Press release: Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) stands in support of a survivor of sexual assualt and her claim against the London Police Services for investigating her sexual assault and then dismissing her allegation as “unfounded”. The central …

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Unfounded: OCRCC Responds

Press release: A 20-month Globe and Mail investigation into police-reported sexual assault allegations has revealed how police services across Ontario record some sexual assault complaints as “unfounded” − a formal police classification that means “a crime was neither attempted, nor occurred”[1]. Unfounded rates remain …

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Toronto man jailed for drugging friend with ‘date rape drug’: OCRCC Responds

Press release: OCRCC is writing regarding the case concerning Duilio “Nick” Franchino. Earlier this week, he was sentenced to nine months in jail after a jury found him guilty of drugging a close friend with the date rape drug GHB— but …

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OCRCC Responds to Recent Developments in the Ghomeshi Case

Press release: In 2014, when allegations of violence against women were first brought against Jian Ghomeshi, many responded with disbelief: but as disclosures about Ghomeshi from women piled up, a different reflection began. The disclosures sparked important conversations in the public …

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