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.
  • Learning Network Brief: Sexual Violence (SV) Advocacy and Campus Communities SV Campus Policies

    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 play [...]

  • 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 cultures, [...]

  • U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, impacting the right to abortion: OCRCC responds

    The U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, declaring that the constitutional right to abortion, upheld for nearly half a century, no longer exists. We at Ontario [...]

  • Supreme Court rules extreme intoxication defence available for violent crimes: OCRCC responds

    The Supreme court has ruled that extreme intoxication is an available defence for violent crimes. As sexual violence survivor advocates, we at Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) are both [...]

  • Violence impacting the Black community: OCRCC responds

    This past weekend in Buffalo, N.Y, ten people were fatally shot at a neighborhood supermarket. This incident was a targeted act of violence in which the offender researched local demographics, and [...]

  • 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 regions [...]

  • 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 recent [...]

  • 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 for [...]

  • 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 in [...]

  • Recent trends: Survivors in our communities

    The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres includes over 30 community-based sexual assault centres. Centres have continued providing crisis and counselling support to survivors of sexual violence throughout the pandemic, in [...]

  • Pandemic impacts: Supports for Sexual Violence Survivors

    Survivors of gender-based violence in Ontario typically access more than one service, with 39% using between five to seven services (Source: Ministry of Community Social Services Client Satisfaction Survey). In the [...]