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Supporting Sexual Assault Survivors

SUPPORTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVIVORS

Did you know? Sexual assault cases are not always resolved through the criminal justice system.

Canadian research shows that only 33 out of every 1,000 sexual assault cases are reported to the police. 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?

For survivors of sexual violence, it means…

Being believed: feeling believed and reassured that they are not to blame for what happened

(Violence Against Women Learning Network, 2012: 27)

Trauma-informed: support people understand how trauma impacts survivors and the ways they cope

Culturally safe services: survivors identify that they need support people who understand their community identity (e.g., LGBTTIQQ2SAA+, Indigenous, Francophone, faith-based identity)

A variety of helpful options: crisis, ongoing support, help navigating systems

Dedicated sexual assault services: support by folks who know about sexual violence and its impacts.

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#WeBelieveSurvivors

This infographic was compiled by Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, using data from an external review of sexual violence services in Ontario (Review of Sexual Violence and Harassment Counselling Services and Helplines. Ontario Ministry of the Status of Women. 2017[1]).

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, go to: www.sexualassaultsupport.ca/support


[1] Ontario Ministry of the Status of Women and Shore Consulting. November 2017. Review of Sexual Violence and Harassment Counselling Services and Helplines: Report. p. 6-7, 10.

Violence Prevention Grey Bruce

Sexual violence is a problem. One in six women and one in five men will experience some form of sexual violence in their lifetimes. Those experiences have serious and long lasting impacts but they are seldom acknowledged or discussed. Violence Prevention Grey Bruce is launching a social media campaign to change that. May is sexual assault prevention month and Violence Prevention Grey Bruce will release information every day until June to encourage the local conversation about sexual violence, how our community can respond, and what we can do to prevent it. www.violencepreventiongreybruce.com

FLEW – Family Law Education for Women

Family Law Education for Women (FLEW) is a METRAC project funded by Ontario Women’s Directorate. It provides Family legal information in plain and simple  language for women.  So far, they have 12 booklets on various subjects (such as alternative dispute resolution, child support, family arbitration, etc.) These titles are available in 14 languages and 3 formats (Braille, large print, audio files). http://www.onefamilylaw.ca/en/english/

Social Media Resources

Click here Social_Media_Resources for social media literacy resources and resources on media and violence for service providers, privacy, online safety strategy, seniors, fraud/identity theft/scams, cyber stalking, technology safety, bullying/cyberbullying, mobile phone/smartphone safety, self/peer exploitation, online sexual abuse, missing kids, FREE Helpful Apps for mobile phones, online help, alerts and reporting – provided by Victim Services Bruce Grey Perth, April 2014..

Social Media Literacy

Mel Gollan-Wills is the Gifted Itinerant for the Secondary Schools for the Thames Valley District School Board in London, Ontario, where she oversees and implements enrichment programming in all twenty-eight secondary schools and networks to provide outreach opportunities with community partners. She is also a co-developer of the Critical Media Literacy Taskforce where she networks with other media savvy teachers to develop and deliver informative media literacy presentations to parents, students, teachers, and stakeholders. Please click here Social_Media_Literacy to read the summary of her presentation at the Social Media & Violence Conference – Owen Sound, ON, April 2014.