Sexual violence crosses all social boundaries, affects people of every age and cultural background, and has devastating impacts on the lives of survivors and their families, as well as the well-being of society.
1 in 3 women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime. Sexual assault is the only violent crime in Canada that is not declining.
Sexual violence can be violence (physical or psychological), carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality, and can include:
- sexual abuse
- sexual assault
- childhood sexual abuse
- rape during armed conflict
- sexual harassment
- indecent or sexualized exposure
- degrading sexual imagery
- cyber harassment
- sexual exploitation
Be sure to follow along on our social media pages throughout the month of May for more information on sexual assault, and help us to raise awareness and work to eliminate sexual violence.
We look forward to the day that we don’t have to wear masks, but in the meantime, we need to continue to stay safe.
With our Stay Safe Mask promotion, you can buy one for $10 or 3 for $25, and you get a tax receipt for the full purchase price!
Head to this link, purchase as many masks as you like, and we’ll send them right to your door!
We work with some of the most vulnerable members of our communities – women and children fleeing violence. Because we are not adequately funded by government, we rely upon community generosity to be able to serve all women and children who come to us asking for help.
Thank you for helping us to do the work we do, and helping everyone to Stay Safe!
In addition to the $16,000 donated earlier this year- part of a four-year sponsorship commitment, totaling $61,000 – they will be donating an additional $20,000 to Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey, in an effort to help offset fundraising underperformances.
November is Woman Abuse Awareness Month. Woman abuse is not a women’s issue, it’s a human rights issue, and affects us all. Together we can work to end woman abuse, because we all have the right to feel safe and secure.
To raise awareness of the issue of violence against women, and in honour of Woman Abuse Prevention Month, staff at Women’s House wrote articles, which you will find below. Please take the time to read, reflect and consider the impact of violence against women in our own communities.
Donate to Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey during the month of November through our Stay Safe WAAM event, and for every $20 donation, as a “thank you”, we’ll send you a specially designed mask to help you Stay Safe while you are joining us to work towards eliminating violence against women, and also helping the women we support to Stay Safe too.
We are required to fundraise $140,746 this year in order to fill the gap between our expenses and government funding so that we can continue to provide the necessary items and services to the women and children in need in our community.
You can make a donation directly through our Canada Helps page by clicking here
Ask yourself – what can I do to help prevent, and ultimately end, violence against women and children?
- Educate yourself on violence against women; learn the facts and the prevalence
- Believe survivors
- Contact your local school board and ask them to address sexual harassment in schools
- Speak out against all forms of violence
- Question gender roles and assumptions
- Respect and embrace diversity
- Respect a person’s-even a child’s- right to say no
- Respect your partner’s right to disagree or have their own opinion
- Don’t blame victims, and reinforce that abuse is never the victim’s fault
- Strive for equality for everyone
- Learn about power and control tactics
- Attend Take Back the Night events
- Ask permission before pursuing physical or sexual contact with someone
- Teach kids that respect is the minimum in a relationship, and lead by example
- Advocate for victim’s rights
- Teach kids that violence will not solve problems
- Be courageous; don’t be afraid to speak up for those who have lost their voice or dignity
- Praise women and girls for something other than the way they look
- Applaud others who speak out against violence and oppression
- Pledge to never commit or condone acts of violence
- Make a decision to become an active bystander by speaking up and calling for help when necessary
- Respect the choices victims and survivors make to survive
- Think globally and act locally
- Hold perpetrators accountable for disrespecting their partners when you see it or hear it
- Engage others in discussions about violence against women
Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey (WHSBG) acknowledges and condemns the recent events of racial injustice and systemic violence affecting racialized populations, both in Canada and around the globe. It is systemic because it keeps happening repeatedly, and because little is done to hold those that harm accountable. We express our solidarity with Black Lives Matter, and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls movements, and join the call to action to help create the change that is needed.
We, in the helping sector, acknowledge the power imbalance between service providers and those who access services. We work diligently to create a safe, nonjudgmental, and supportive environment for the vulnerable population that reaches out. Women’s House has zero tolerance for any service provider abusing this power to re-victimize, bring trauma and create divide. Women’s House calls for all service providers to be mindful of this dynamic and to exercise thoughtful care in practicing the great honour of being a helping professional.
Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey operates with the following principles in mind:
- We believe that education is necessary to bring about effective changes in attitude. We believe in challenging statements and beliefs that minimize the seriousness of racism, oppression, abuse and sexual violence.
- We recognize that all women face misogyny and sexism; however, some bear an additional burden of oppression due to racism.
- We believe that systemic racism, discrimination, and oppression based on race, religion, class, sexual orientation, gender identification, age and ability must be addressed as part of an integrated approach to ending poverty, abuse, sexual violence and homelessness in the lives of women.
If you are directly affected by systemic violence or racism, please know that we care about you and what you are dealing with. We stand in support of you.
If you are a white ally to people and communities of color, there are things you can do. You can:
- Learn about the history of anti-Black and anti-Indigenous racism in Canada
- Reflect on the biases this has created in you and in others
- Remain as a witness or bystander in situations where someone may be affected by racial stereotyping, stigma or systemic violence
- If you see person of color being questioned or detained, ask if they need support
- Understand that there are alternative, non-punitive ways of dealing with crisis or conflict that do not always involve law enforcement.
We stand in solidarity with our communities both locally, provincially, nationally and globally. We are committed to addressing systemic racism and violence through educating ourselves and promoting public awareness. We recognize that being an ally is a continual and ongoing practice. We strive to be the best allies possible by being informed, engaged and thinking critically about our own actions online, in person, and within radical moments of change like the one we are currently living in.
Media Release – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact Name: Michelle Lamont
Telephone number: (519)396-9814 Ex.225
Date: Monday, June 22, 2020
Women’s House encourages solidarity, support and celebration on National Indigenous Peoples Day
National Indigenous Peoples Day/MMIW June 21, 2020
National Indigenous Peoples Day celebrations may look different this year, but creativity and imagination can provide many options for marking the occasion.
For generations, many Indigenous peoples and communities have celebrated their culture and heritage on or near this date due to the significance of the summer solstice as the longest day of the year. Having a National Indigenous Peoples Day reminds all Canadians to celebrate the heritage, diverse cultures and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Metis.
One way to learn more is to read a digital copy of one of the books from the #IndigenousReads reading list. Virtual activities are available as well, such as museum exhibits. Social media is a great source to find Indigenous musicians, comedians and historians. In one Grey-Bruce town, local businesses have partnered with a young Indigenous woman and have created displays of her First Nations regalia and collection of First Nations art as a way to mark the occasion.
In this current climate of increased awareness and calls to action to end systemic racial violence, Women’s House Serving Bruce & Grey takes this opportunity to express support for the recommendations of the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Inquiry.
The final report of the Inquiry was published in June 2019 and includes many calls to action. Among them, the need to address the root causes of the disproportionate violence against Indigenous women and girls, the need for preventative action, and improved responses from the justice system.
This fundamental report, made possible through the truths and impacts on thousands of survivors, family members and experts, continues to sit in waiting for the Federal government to respond with action. The failure to implement a timely response perpetuates the ongoing systemic oppression of Indigenous women and girls. It is time to show national solidarity in addressing the Inquiry’s recommendations, and support Indigenous peoples working to eradicate violence against women and girls.
We encourage each other to educate ourselves, read the report and find ways to be allies in this most important struggle.
We have modified our services in order to promote self-isolation and social distancing in the face of the Covid-19 pandemic, however we are still providing essential services. We are doing our best to ensure that we maintain the safety and security of women and children in Shelter, as well as our staff members who must remain on site to provide support in the Shelter and maintain our crisis lines.
We recognize that in times of stress and uncertainty, our services are required more than ever in our community. When a woman is in a home that is unsafe, the practice of self-isolation can put her at further risk for domestic violence, can create less opportunity for her to get the support she needs, and can make it even more difficult to leave an unsafe situation.
All staff at Women’s House who have the ability to work remotely will be doing so. Outreach Services are being offered in a remote capacity, and are providing services by phone and email.
The Shelter and crisis lines remain operational, and we have taken the following measures to ensure staff and resident safety:
• Increased sanitation and infection control measures have been put in place and social distancing practices have been implemented for staff and residents.
• At this time, we are unable to accept in kind donations at our shelter. Financial donations can be accepted via direct mail or online through CanadaHelps at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/15772
• Guests will not be provided access to the Shelter at this time.