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Stop Erasing Sexual Violence Survivors With Disabilities

We know that people with disabilities are often among the most underserved or marginalized people in Canada, but we so seldom hear their stories. When it comes to sexual violence, people with disabilities are often the most vulnerable. Research shows that women with disabilities are 3...

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“Sex workers are experts at sexual consent”

A conversation with Chanelle Gallant on media reporting on sexual violence and sex work   We’ve seen the headlines before:   “Toronto man posing as undercover cop to demand sexual favours from prostitutes, police say” (National Post)   “Manchester United's David De Gea accused of organising prostitute sex 'party' for...

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Consent culture isn’t possible in a colonial system

Recently, there’s been a swell of conversation about the issues of sexual violence and gender-based violence in Canada. High-profile court cases have garnered a level of mainstream media coverage that seems unprecedented.   But what’s missing from the conversation?   Representation matters. Advocates say there are more...

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Who Will Protect Us From Our Protectors?

The past month has justice for Black communities into the spotlight. First there was Black Lives Matter’s high-profile protest against police presence at the Toronto Pride Parade, and the ensuing racist backlash. Then, the tragic murders of Black community members including Alton Sterling, Philando Castile,...

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Dealing With Cyberviolence? Here are 5 Self-Care Tips.

Violence, whether online or offline, is never your fault and never okay. If you experience cyberviolence, know you are not alone. Here are some tips that might make you feel better - and that you can add to your "safety toolkit"!   1. Brighten up your internet experience! Sign up...

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Today we remember, Tomorrow we take action

Our friend Anna Humphrey wrote this set of poems when she was 17 about the 14 women murdered on December 6th at Ecole Polytechnique in Montreal . Today we remember, tomorrow we take action.   14, As More Than Just a Number by Anna Humphrey   For Genevieve Bergeron, 21 Because you...

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How to Not Get Raped

In December 2013, Hollaback! Ottawa and its grassroots community partners, wrote an open letter to the women of Ottawa about a rash of reported sexual assaults by a “serial rapist”. The goal of the letter was to counteract archaic, ineffective and oppressive “safety tips” that place the...

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