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, and the role many of its members played in …

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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 alarmed at the implications of this ruling, and frustrated …

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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 by up to 4 times. Yet funding for these …

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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 years, 96% of Ontario sexual assault centres provided prevention …

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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 2018, but was cut by the current provincial government …

Are you a friend of your local community sexual assault centre? Read more »

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 communities all across Ontario. In that time, 81% of …

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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 pandemic years, systems meant to help survivors of sexual …

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