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.
  • OCRCC Strategic Plan 2021-2024

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  • Our Statement on Sex Work

    Introduction: About us Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is comprised of 30 Anglophone community-based sexual assault centres from across Ontario. Member centres have been supporting survivors of sexual violence [...]

  • Violence impacting Indigenous people and communities

    In recent weeks, we have been witness to both historical and recent violence against Indigenous individuals and communities. Many of these atrocities have particularly affected Indigenous women, children, and gender-diverse people. [...]

  • Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Conversations on Online Sexual Violence (May 26 & May 27, 2021)

    The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is proud to announce a virtual mini-conference during May, Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Conversations on Online Sexual Violence will be taking place on the afternoons of May 26th & [...]

  • Trans, Genderqueer, Non-binary, Two Spirit and Intersex Equity Statement

    The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is committed to creating safer and accountable spaces for trans, genderqueer, non-binary, Two Spirit, and intersex people at our table. We are a [...]

  • OCRCC supports a Just Recovery from COVID-19

    Who we are The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is an equity-seeking network of community-based rape crisis/sexual assault centres across Ontario, committed to leading social transformation that prevents and [...]

  • We remember December 6

    14 women were killed at École Polytechnique on December 6, 1989. Over 35 women and girls in Ontario were killed by men who were either a former or current intimate partner, [...]

  • Systemic violence impacting the Black community: OCRCC

    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, [...]

  • COVID-19, Pandemics and Gender: OCRCC Statement

    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 [...]

  • Even today, sexual violence survivors struggle to be heard

    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 [...]

  • “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

    “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. [...]

  • 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, [...]