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Statistics Canada: Almost 19% year over year increase in Sexual Assaults in Ontario

Statistics Canada released recent findings of Incident-based crime statistics in Canada. In these statistics, we can see that the prevalence of sexual assault in Ontario rose from 7,434 police-reported incidences in 2016 and 8,782 in 2017 to 10,634 in 2018 —revealing a year over year increase of almost 19%. While Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is troubled to learn of the many Ontarians that reported sexual assault in 2018 — over 74 individuals per 100,000 according to Statistics […]

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What Survivors are saying about Ontario Sexual Assault Centres

The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres includes 29 community-based sexual assault centres. We’ve been believing survivors for over 40 years.  Centres provide counselling, information and support to survivors of sexual violence in communities across Ontario.   In one year, 16,550 survivors of sexual violence accessed individual and group counselling at Ontario Sexual Assault Centres. 98.9% of survivors who accessed support either strongly agreed or agreed that they felt supported while receiving our services. Read more here Please share widely! Find your local sexual assault centre: […]

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BBW Summer Newsletter

Attached is the Building A Bigger Wave (BBW) Summer Newsletter. You can also find the newsletter on the website. http://BBW_Newsletter_Summer_2019

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Supporting Sexual Violence Survivors: Infographic

Did you know? Sexual assault cases are not always resolved through the criminal justice system. While it is important that survivors of sexual violence have access to the legal system, they may also need other kinds of supports.   What does support mean to survivors of sexual violence?  Read here or see attached Please share widely! Find your local sexual assault centre:

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Ontario Sexual Assault Centres: Our Impact

A Justice Canada study examined the economic cost of violent crime and found that the largest single cost — $4.8 billion in one year – was attributed to sexual assault and other sexual offences.   Sexual assault centres aim to reduce this burden on survivors and their support people. Centres provide free counselling, information and support for survivors of sexual violence in communities across Ontario. The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres includes 29 community-based sexual assault centres:   In […]

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May 19 @ 9:00 pm - May 20 @ 4:00 pm

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!    BRAVE Presents: VIOLENCE THREAT RISK ASSESSMENT (VTRA), LEVEL 2 with KEVIN CAMERON   2 Day Training: Tuesday, May 19th and Wednesday, May 20th, 2020 / 8:30am - 4:00pm (Registration starts at 8:30pm)   WHO: Schools, police, social services, and mental health professionals who have completed VTRA Level One.   WHAT: VTRA Training will teach participants how to identify individuals or groups who are at risk of committing serious acts of violence. Using real world examples and…

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It is important to acknowledge that the land we live and work on is First Nations’ territory. The City of Brantford and surrounding area lies on the lands of Anishinaabe, the Haudenosaunee and the Neutral. Respect is also offered to our neighbouring Indigenous nations, including the Metis, Cree and Inuit, among many others throughout Turtle Island. We are grateful to have the opportunity to work in this community, on this territory. The intent in acknowledging this territory is to recognize the myriad ways that our communities have been, and continue to be, implicated in processes of colonization and the ongoing impacts of colonization on Indigenous peoples, but we also need to do more than provide land acknowledgements. The Truth and Reconcilation Commission of Canada reminds us that reconciliation is an ongoing individual and collective process that requires commitment from all member agencies and people in our communities. We are all treaty members, and should strive to act in solidarity with Indigenous Peoples and center their voices.

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support of the Ministry of Community and Social Services and the Ontario Women's Directorate