WORKING TOGETHER TO END SEXUAL VIOLENCE
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New! Women's Talking and Sharing Circle
Beginning Feb.2, 2021 on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd TUESDAYS of the month, from 10 am -12 noon. Contact Suzanne for a zoom link to access the virtual circle. Joining in to co-facilitate is Kylie Scott.
Support with technology to access us is available.
Contact Suzanne Smoke - or call 705 774-9083
We are following health directions and our staff are working from home but all our programs are running virtually.
If you need to reach us immediately call our 24/7 Women's Sexual Assault Help line at 1 800 461-2929. Your counselor will be calling you at your regular individual appointment time, and our groups are now running online. Office messages are checked daily and new referrals will be responded to shortly. Stay well, follow our social media for assistance with social isolation activities. Don't hesitate to call if you need to speak with us.
705 646-2122 Muskoka
705 774-9083 Parry Sound
Leave a message and we will return your call in 1-2 business days.
New! - Safe Support Chat
We are now offering an online chat service. You will be able to chat with a counselor, anonymously. We don't know your IP address or URL - chat safely with one of our counsellors. Click the floating chat link to find out more. Hours are being increased but presently are Mon. and Thurs. 2-5pm and Fridays 7-10 pm.
Gender Based Violence - Covid-19 Resource Link
A Message from the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
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 Facts: Global Emergencies, Pandemics and Gender
Public health outbreaks have a gendered impact on women and girls.
Women and girls' roles in the home and community can increase their exposure to COVID-19 in ways that others may not experience: for example, women and girls often have ongoing domestic and care responsibilities. In paid work, women commonly have roles as frontline health professionals, in hospitality, as cleaners, as personal support workers in health environments, and as social sector responders, among others.
We also know that crisis events such as pandemics tend to worsen pre-existing social and economic vulnerabilities. Racialized communities, those living in poverty “and other groups that have traditionally been marginalized, tend to be harmed by a disaster more” than others, and have less access to helping resources; women face similar protection risks, “including sexual exploitation and abuse, unequal access to assistance, discrimination in aid provision…and violence” .
The economic fallout from business closures, job loss and other impacts can also lead to increased
household stress. This reality “can (1) increase the risk for intimate partner violence, (2) lead to risky coping strategies including survival sex, early/forced marriage, and (3) increase the risk of sexual exploitation and abuse”.
These phenomenon and potential harms are all informed by gender.
A Non-Profit Organization
We are an intersectional feminist organization dedicated to providing leadership, education, advocacy and trauma-informed support to end sexual violence and harassment.
Gender-based violence, including sexual violence, is a global issue. We develop strong collaborative responses to shift longstanding societal beliefs and systems to create social change.
We honour all people who have experienced sexual violence and harassment. Their diverse voices are heard and reflected in the design and delivery of our programs to facilitate empowerment and healing.