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Use The Right Words: Reporting on Sexual Violence Awards

                  Recognizing that Canadian media has the power to shape conversations about sexual violence, we want to celebrate insightful and challenging media reporting on sexual violence in the past year. We are launching the Use The Right Words: Reporting on Sexual Violence Awards on December 8th...

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Debunking Myths About Rape in Prison

Prison rape: it’s a common trope in television and movies. How often is the “don’t drop the soap,” joke casually tossed around?   But what’s the reality for sexual violence survivors in prisons? We spoke with El Jones and Mooky Cherian to learn more.   El Jones is a...

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Centering Youth Voices in Media Coverage of Sexual Violence

Children and youth under the age of 18 are the most at risk for sexual assault in Canada, followed by young people aged 18-24 (Statistics Canada).   This issue is critically important to young people, but so often, older adult voices are prioritized. We spoke with Tessa...

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Queer Women Creating Consent Culture

The rate of violent victimization is 2.5 times higher for Canadians who identify as gay or lesbian, as opposed to those who identify as straight. For those who identify as bisexual, it’s 4 times higher (Statistics Canada).   While there’s been increased media attention to stories of...

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Talking about Cis Men and Media Coverage of Sexual Assault

Too often, men who are sexually assaulted have their stories erased – or mocked. When, in 2013, a young man was sexually assaulted in Toronto’s entertainment district, his story became fodder for jokes.   While cisgender men are much less likely to experience sexual violence than women...

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End Islamophobic Coverage of Muslim Sexual Violence Survivors

Police-reported hate crimes against Muslims have more than doubled over the past three years in Canada.   Quite often, visibly Muslim women receive the worst of Islamophobic violence and harassment. And when they face violence from within their communities, Muslim women may be unlikely to report...

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Apology for Use of Image in Huffington Post Blog

We would like to apologize for the photo that appeared in social media posts for our recent blog post on Huffington Post Canada Living, “Stop Erasing Sexual Abuse Survivors with Disabilities.”   The photo was selected by Huffington Post. We chose a stock image of newspapers to appear with...

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Let’s Create Consent Culture Online

While “cyberviolence” has been a hot topic for the past few years, recent months have put a spotlight on the misogynistic and racist sexual violence and harassment enacted online. More than two thirds of Canadians who report cyber crimes to the police are women (Statistics...

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Listen to Sexual Assault Survivors of Colour

More and more, we’re hearing stories of sexual violence being told publicly and receiving sustained media attention. We see mainstream media using the phrase “rape culture” -- used for decades by anti-sexual violence advocates -- to talk about the system of beliefs and attitudes that...

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