Projects2023-01-12T19:24:16+00:00

Projects

Projects

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Our recent projects to prevent sexual violence and support survivors of violence. OCRCC leads short and long-term projects that prevent sexual violence, support the work of sexual assault centres in Ontario, and increase support options for survivors in the community. Learn more about our projects here.

Draw the Line Campaign

Draw The Line is a bystander intervention campaign that engages Ontarians in an ongoing dialogue about sexual violence, and sexual violence prevention. The campaign challenges common myths about sexual violence, helps foster conversations about sexual violence prevention strategies, and equips bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively. Draw the Line can be used in the education sectors (i.e. elementary, secondary and post-secondary institutions),in community-based settings, and in workplaces.

Learn more about Draw the Line.

Draw the Line is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (Ontario) under Preventing Gender-Based Violence initiatives.

OCRCC-BIPOC Counsellors Coalition Building Project

This project builds a space where BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Color) counsellors can come together, share resources, learn from each other, and increase supports for racialized survivors of sexual violence. BIPOC counsellors support one another, organize together and can build connections with peers doing similar work. Together, BIPOC counsellors can reduce isolation and experiences of racial injustice that come with working in remote areas, and within majority White spaces. The goal of this project is to build a community, support Black, Indigenous, People of Color Counsellors working in OCRCC member sexual assault centres, and increase available supports for racialized survivors of sexual violence. The OCRCC-BIPOC Counsellors Coalition-Building Project (pilot) is funded by Heritage Canada under its Anti-Racism Action Program initiatives.

Download the Healing Our Ancestors, Ourselves And Our Communities: A Toolkit to Address Systemic Injustices in Sexual Violence Support Services.

Trans Solidarity Project

In the last few years, the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements on sexual violence have become very active, highlighting the prevalence of sexual violence and its impacts on survivors. Yet little discussion has occurred about the sexual violence experiences of trans, genderqueer, non-binary, Two Spirit, and intersex people. The mainstream anti-violence movement, including sexual violence centres, has often excluded trans, genderqueer, non-binary, Two Spirit, and intersex survivors and their experiences.

In this project, OCRCC committed to creating safer and accountable spaces for trans, genderqueer, non-binary, Two Spirit, and intersex people in the sexual violence support services sector. OCRCC also provided support to its 30+ members to create safer spaces at sexual assault centres for trans, genderqueer, non-binary, Two Spirit, and intersex survivors. This work included: training, self-awareness work, discussion and dialogue, governance work and organizational policy work.

The Trans Solidarity Project is a part of OCRCC’s larger project, Fostering Capacity in Sexual Assault Centres in the #MeToo Era. It was funded by Women and Gender Equality (Canada) under its Capacity Building funding stream (2018-2023).

Using Technology to Better Support Survivors

PRIMAL GLOW Communications is working with the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centre member centres to help build their capacity to use technology in frontline settings. The goal of the project is to test new and innovative strategies connected to technology to increase support to survivors of sexual violence and harassment—particularly those facing unique or unmet access needs.

Project objectives have included:

  1. a) increasing understanding of digital tools that could be used in frontline outreach, crisis and counselling settings
  2. b) identifying tools for frontline support
  3. c) building the capacity of the OCRCC membership to implement these tools.

Using Technology to Better Support Survivors is funded by the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services (Ontario) under Preventing Gender-Based Violence initiatives.

Our sexual assault centres provide prevention education

92%
Educated local organizations and groups
77%
Provided prevention education in schools
92%
Used social media to get their prevention education messages delivered

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