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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 and find your local sexual assault centre here. Some …

COVID-19, Pandemics and Gender: OCRCC Statement Read More »

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A year ago, in the face of increased demands for service and crushing wait lists for supportive counselling to survivors of sexual assault, the Province of Ontario provided “$1 million in additional one-time funding to [42 community-based] sexual assault centres” …

Government ends One-time Funding Resources for Ontario Sexual Assault Centres: OCRCC Responds Read More »

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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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People working on the front lines to support victims of crime say Ontario’s changes to support programs will rob some victims some of vital counselling and “life-changing” funding. The government has scrapped the Criminal Injuries Compensation Board and the Financial …

Victims left short by program changes: Ontario critics 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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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 …

Vast Majority Of Ontarians Oppose Cuts To Legal Aid 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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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 …

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

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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 …

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

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