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Statistics Canada: Almost 19% year over year increase in Sexual Assaults in Ontario

Last week, Statistics Canada released recent findings of Incident-based crime statistics[1] in Canada. In these statistics, we can see that the prevalence of sexual assault in Ontario rose from 7,434 police-reported incidences in 2016 and 8,782 in 2017 to 10,634 …

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What Survivors are saying about Ontario Sexual Assault Centres

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Vast Majority Of Ontarians Oppose Cuts To Legal Aid

Three-quarters of Ontarians are opposed to the province’s cuts to Legal Aid Ontario, a new poll has found. Legal Aid Ontario provides legal support and representation for residents with little to no income, at family and criminal court, and to …

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Sexual Violence: Rural realities

While all survivors of violence face barriers to getting the support they need, rural survivors of sexual violence face concerns that urban survivors do not. Sexual violence is easily hidden in vast communities were women are isolated from loved ones …

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Sexual violence crisis centre faces an uncertain future

York Region’s only sexual violence crisis centre faces an uncertain future after promised provincial funding falls through. The Women’s Support Network of York Region, based in Newmarket and serving survivors of sexual violence across the region’s vast urban and rural …

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One-time Funding Resources for Ontario Sexual Assault Centres: Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) Responds

A year ago, on March 1, 2018, the Province of Ontario launched a strategy which would see a significant increase in funding for Ontario sexual assault centres.  At that time, the government — and sexual violence support service providers alike …

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Has #MeToo really made a difference?: NOW Toronto

The #MeToo movement surged in the fall of 2017. But it hasn’t exactly changed everything. When it comes to sexual assault in general, the glass is both half full and half empty. The #MeToo movement has had a massive impact …

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$11.5 million increase to shelters and counselling, but no news on Sexual Violence Support services

Last week, Minister Responsible for Women’s Issues Lisa McLeod announced a $11.5 million increase to shelters and counselling services. While we laud this investment as positive for our shelter sisters and counselling services, this announcement created significant confusion among Ontario …

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Sexual assault centres are overwhelmed in the #MeToo era

In Waterloo Region, a woman was visiting her doctor’s office when she noticed a sign and phone number for the Sexual Assault Support Centre. She went home and called the number, and shared that she was sexually abused as a …

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#SurvivorsCan’tWait: Ontario rape crisis centres still awaiting funding promised

Included in the Ontario gender-based violence strategy was up to $14.8-million over three years to increase the capacity of current Sexual Assault Centres — as well as open new ones in communities where none currently exist. The Sexual Assault Centre …

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