SASC supports survivors of sexual violence through an intersectional-feminist approach, and strive to challenge and change systems that enable gender-based violence. Their mission explains their goals as being to “listen, facilitate healing, and celebrate resiliency.” This centre offers counselling, community workshops, and support for survivors in accessing post-violence medical care.
SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRE OF BRANT
A feminist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, equity seeking and intersectional centre that offers support to survivors of sexual and gender-based violence. SAC Brant can support survivors via counselling and advocacy. SAC can help survivors through the processes of reporting, seeking medical care/post-violence care, and with their ongoing healing needs.
"The implementation of all services is based on the philosophy behind the name of the organization. “Ganǫhkwásra`” is a phrase in the Cayuga language meaning “Love Among Us.” It was the name chosen for the Family Violence Program at Six Nations early in planning to express our purpose and philosophy in creating a community-based program for victims of family violence. It conveys an attitude of community support and hope for families wrought with violence and it implies a sense of community responsibility for peace among all our members. Ganǫhkwásra` is the goal we seek for every member of our community, and it is the methodology through which we work to attain that goal."
SACHA’s mission statement explains: “SACHA is a feminist, non-profit, community-based organization that provides supports to people who have experienced sexualized violence at any point in their lives. We work to end violence and oppression through education, advocacy, outreach, coalition building, community partnerships, and activism.” In addition to providing counselling and support to survivors, SACHA organizes community training, events (like the Hamilton Feminist Zine Fair), and SACHA’s website offers many helpful, accessible resources for both survivors and people supporting survivors.
Rasha Taha is a Sexual Violence Counsellor and Advocate at the Sexual Assault Centre of Brant working
on the Laurier-Brantford campus.
Rasha is a queer human who moved to Turtle Island from the Middle East when they were 15.
As a person with intersecting marginalized identities, she is always looking for creative ways of simultaneously resisting and navigating systemic, cultural, and colonial structures while being critical of power dynamics and privilege. Rasha thinks and talks about resiliency often and is constantly amazed by how resilient survivors are in the face of a sexist, homophobic, transphobic, and colonial state.
Rasha has experience running workshops and talks on topics relating to gender and sexuality, problematizing social work practices, and community-based research.
Rasha went to school for social work but is more interested in radicalizing social work practice than conforming to it.
In her spare time, Rasha enjoys climbing rocks, petting cats, and reading books.
Sarah Scanlon is a gender queer feminist organizer based in Guelph, who has spent close to fifteen years involved in gender based violence struggles within Ontario.
As the Sexual Violence Response Coordinator at Wilfrid Laurier University, Sarah is the touch point on both campuses for all students who have been impacted by gendered and sexual violence. They provide support, advocacy, systems navigation, trauma informed referrals and resources, and safety planning to students and their supporters who have experienced harm.
Having worked across 9 organizations and campaigns focused on ending gendered based violence, they have extensive experience working with individuals who have experienced interpersonal, institutional or state violence. Their personal activism has been focused on challenging rape culture, fostering queer community and resistance, supporting land defense, and encouraging opportunities to skill share, deepen our analysis, and challenge each other to grow in order to fuel broader change. Sarah also really likes chips and rivers. You can reach Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org or 519.884.0710 x4847.
CRISIS CENTRE// MULTICULTURAL WOMEN AGAINST RAPE
"TRCC/MWAR is a grassroots, women and non-binary run collective working towards a violence-free world by providing anti-oppressive, feminist peer support to survivors of sexual violence through support, education and activism."
MALE ALLIES (SASC)
The Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region runs a public education program called Male Allies. Male Allies runs workshops, programming and trainings to engage boys and men in ending systemic and everyday forms of gender-based violence.
SHORE's mission statement is: "To promote choice through accurate sexual health education and confidential pregnancy options support." In addition to providing sex-positive, pro-choice, accessible, and inclusive sexual and reproductive health education and resourcing to the KW, Cambridge, (and sometimes Brant) communities, SHORE Centre also provide referrals for in-clinic abortions and provides access to the abortion pill.
Another community resource that provides safe(r) and inclusive sexual, gender, and reproductive health education/resources, as well as facilitates access to abortion is Planned Parenthood Toronto.