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The Toronto Rape Crisis Centre and Ontario’s 41 other sexual-assault centres are a lifeline to scores of survivors of sexual violence in Ontario. For one survivor who shared her story, meeting a sexual assault centre counsellor was a turning point …

‘No one should have to wait’: Supports for sexual assault survivors Read More »

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In Toronto, wait times for sexual violence counselling are around 11 months. The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in Halifax stopped putting people on its waiting list when it topped 112 in April 2019. It’s happening at a time when more women …

Sexual assault centres struggle with limited funding as more women come forward to say #MeToo Read More »

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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 has gone too far.” But it seems the movement …

Even today, sexual violence survivors struggle to be heard Read More »

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“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. “That money was needed. At the Toronto Rape Crisis …

“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 Read More »

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The network of sexual assault and rape crisis centres across Ontario is demanding Ontario’s attorney general reverse recent changes to victim compensation services. According to the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, survivors of historical sexual abuse are now unable to …

Ontario’s revamped compensation program unavailable to victims of historical sexual crimes: OCRCC Responds Read More »

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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 …

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

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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 …

Sexual Violence: Rural realities Read More »

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