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OCRCC responds to current issues related to sexual violence and the needs of sexual violence survivors. Read our press releases and our take on sexual violence trends in Ontario.
  • May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month

    While anyone can experience sexual violence, social and systemic issues have a role to play in the prevalence of sexual violence. Some people are more vulnerable to being targeted [...]

  • Sexual Violence in Canada: Stats Canada

    Canada releases its findings of Incident-based crime statistics in Canada every year. In the most recent year of data, incidents of sexual assault reported to police were at their [...]

  • Supporting Youth Experiencing Technology-Facilitated Sexual Violence

    The internet is a space in which youth (ages 13 to 29) connect with others, express themselves and assert themselves. But sometimes unwanted sexual comments or images, exposure to [...]

  • December 6: Naming acts of violence against Indigenous women

    On December 6, 1989, a gunman killed 14 women at Montreal’s École Polytechnique, before killing himself. In the suicide note he left on his body, he described his rage against [...]

  • Hockey Canada and sexual violence: Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) responds

    Hockey Canada continues to face critical reaction to its management of sexual violence. The sports organization – which is responsible for establishing rules and standards, promoting the sport, and international [...]

  • U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, impacting the right to abortion: OCRCC responds

    The U.S. Supreme Court reversed Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022, declaring that the constitutional right to abortion, upheld for nearly half a century, no longer exists. We at [...]

  • Supreme Court rules extreme intoxication defence available for violent crimes: OCRCC responds

    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 [...]

  • Violence impacting the Black community: OCRCC responds

    This past weekend in Buffalo, N.Y, ten people were fatally shot at a neighborhood supermarket. This incident was a targeted act of violence in which the offender researched local demographics, [...]

  • Sexual violence in Ontario: Trends in survivors seeking support

    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 [...]

  • Sexual Violence Prevention Month 2022 – OCRCC Media Kit

    May is Sexual Violence Prevention Month. Effective sexual violence prevention places #SurvivorsFirst. Scroll down and help get the word out by using these suggested captions and social media images made [...]

  • Are you a friend of your local community sexual assault centre?

    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 [...]

  • Violence, fears about sexual assault mark start to university school year: OCRCC responds

    Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is concerned to learn of violent incidents coinciding with the beginning of the school term at Western University. The university “is investigating reports [...]