Sexual Violence in Ontario

Ending sexual violence will need planning, resources and increased equity. Read our take on provincial politics and policy that affect sexual violence survivors, sexual assault centres, and violence prevention in Ontario.
  • Government to back bill declaring partner violence an epidemic: OCRCC responds

    Ontario will support a bill to declare intimate partner violence an epidemic in the province. Previous to this, the province rejected this recommendation. The recommendation came from an inquest into [...]

  • National Action Plan to End Gender-based Violence announced in Ontario: OCRCC responds

    This letter was sent to provincial and federal political leaders connected to the National Action Plan to End Gender-based Violence in November 2023. Dear Honourable Minister Ien, Honourable Williams and [...]

  • Former World Junior Hockey players face sex assault charges: OCRCC responds

    Five former 2018 world junior hockey players were told to surrender to police in London, Ont., to face charges in a case related to "a sexual assault investigation dating back to 2018”[1]. Since [...]

  • Take Back the Night 2023!

    Since 1976, Take Back The Night occurs internationally each year to raise awareness about gender-based violence, including sexual violence. Learn more about Take Back the Night, or join your [...]

  • Ontario rejects some recommendations from triple murder inquest jury: Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) responds

      On September 22, 2015, three women were found murdered at separate locations within a 25-kilometre radius of Wilno, Ontario in Renfrew County. In 2017, Basil Borutski was convicted of first-degree [...]

  • Sexual Violence Advocacy and Campus Communities in Ontario

    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. Read the brief here. [...]

  • Hockey Canada and sexual violence: Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) responds

    Hockey Canada continues to face critical reaction to its management of sexual violence. The sports organization – which is responsible for establishing rules and standards, promoting the sport, and international [...]

  • Papal apology to Indigenous Peoples in Canada: OCRCC responds

    In a visit across Canada, Pope Francis asked for "forgiveness in the name of the church" for its part in Canada's residential school system, the church’s attempts to erase Indigenous [...]

  • Sexual violence in Ontario: Trends in survivors seeking support

    Sexual assault centres have been operating in Ontario since the 1990s -- some since the 1970s. Since then, the number of survivors accessing crisis support and counselling has multiplied—in some [...]

  • Recent trends: Sexual violence prevention education

    Education prevents sexual violence: it offers ways to challenge sexual assault myths and victim-blaming, and provide information about consent, your rights and where to get support in your community. In [...]

  • Sexual Violence Prevention Month 2022 – OCRCC Media Kit

    May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month. Effective sexual violence prevention places #SurvivorsFirst. Scroll down and help get the word out by using these suggested captions and social media images made [...]

  • Are you a friend of your local community sexual assault centre?

    If yes, help us support sexual violence survivors in our communities. More survivors could be getting support by now. A planned 30% increase to the sexual violence sector was announced [...]