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30 Years Later: Remember December 6

On December 6, 1989, a gunman killed 14 women − 13 students and one staff – at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, before killing himself.  He had studied for admission to the school, but was not accepted — a decision he blamed …

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Ontario’s revamped compensation program unavailable to victims of historical sexual crimes: OCRCC Responds

The network of sexual assault and rape crisis centres across Ontario is demanding Ontario’s attorney general reverse recent changes to victim compensation services. According to the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, survivors of historical sexual abuse are now unable to …

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Sexual abuse survivors: Province cuts crime victims fund

In September, the Ontario Government announced supports meant to “make it easier for victims of violent crime and their families to get the help they need when and where they need it most” [1]. These changes include both an “enhanced” …

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OCRCC: Federal Election Toolkit

Thinking about the impacts the upcoming federal election could have on important issues, such as reproductive rights, gender-based violence, the experiences of marginalized communities, community violence and systemic inequalities?  Talking to local candidates in your community?  Going to a candidates’ …

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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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What Survivors are saying about Ontario Sexual Assault Centres

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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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Vast Majority Of Ontarians Oppose Cuts To Legal Aid

Three-quarters of Ontarians are opposed to the province’s cuts to Legal Aid Ontario, a new poll has found. Legal Aid Ontario provides legal support and representation for residents with little to no income, at family and criminal court, and to …

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Sexual Violence: Rural realities

While all survivors of violence face barriers to getting the support they need, rural survivors of sexual violence face concerns that urban survivors do not. Sexual violence is easily hidden in vast communities were women are isolated from loved ones …

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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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