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We are witness to systemic violence committed against Black individuals and the Black community, in places both far from and near to our own communities. In Minnesota, the USA and Canada, communities are expressing their outrage in response to the …

Systemic violence impacting the Black community: OCRCC Read More »

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Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) stands in solidarity with the communities of Nova Scotia, Canada. We were saddened to learn of the violent attack that has left many individuals, families and communities grieving and frightened. We extend our sincere …

Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres: Our condolences to those affected by the violent attack in Nova Scotia, Canada (April 18-19, 2020) Read More »

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Support for survivors of sexual violence in our communities continues. Ontario sexual assault centres are operating, with some modifications to services that include the closure of their physical offices. Learn more and find your local sexual assault centre here. Some …

COVID-19, Pandemics and Gender: OCRCC Statement Read More »

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Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) has learned that the PC Government intends to commit to $2 million in annual funding for Ontario Sexual Assault Centres for work with survivors of sexual violence impacted by human trafficking. On March …

PC Government commits $2 million for human trafficking; but ends funding to reduce wait-times: OCRCC Responds Read More »

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The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and Ontario’s 41 other sexual-assault centres are a lifeline to scores of survivors of sexual violence in Ontario. For one survivor who shared her story, meeting a sexual assault centre counsellor was a turning point …

‘No one should have to wait’: Supports for sexual assault survivors Read More »

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With the start of the criminal trial of Harvey Weinstein, the pervasiveness of sexual assault is back in the public eye. We have heard people make comments that “the #MeToo Movement has gone too far.” But it seems the movement …

Even today, sexual violence survivors struggle to be heard Read More »

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“The day in march 2018 when the Ontario Liberals announced their gender-based violence strategy, I cried with joy. The plan included $14.8 million in additional funding for Ontario’s rape crisis centres. “That money was needed. At the Toronto Rape Crisis …

“I have to tell rape victims to come back in 11 months”: A counsellor at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre, on the provincial funding cuts Read More »

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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 …

30 Years Later: Remember December 6 Read More »

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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 …

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

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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” …

Sexual abuse survivors: Province cuts crime victims fund Read More »

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