51% of all Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of sexual or physical violence. And of Canadian girls under the age of sixteen, 54% have experienced some form of unwanted sexual attention. Statistics Canada indicates that women are physically injured in 11% of sexual assaults, and an astounding nine out of ten incidents of violence have an emotional effect on the survivor − including depression, flashbacks, sleep disturbances and anxiety. Yet while sexual violence affects a large number of Ontario women and girls, few know where to turn to for confidential information on their rights, police reporting options, and how to access emotional support in their community.
It is for all these reasons that Amelia Risingis pleased to support the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) new and improved website. The website, www.sexualassaultsupport.ca , aims to showcase the collective work of Ontario sexual assault centres.
A tour through the new OCRCC website reveals information on sexual assault definitions, common reactions to sexual assault, sexual assault myths, and special sections for teens, parents, survivors, and professionals. There is a resources page showcasing sexual assault information in different languages, as well as pages profiling the activities of OCRCC and its member sexual assault centres.
The website was designed by OCRCC members, and funded by the Ontario Women’s Directorate.
OCRCC works toward the prevention and eradication of sexual assault. Its membership includes sexual assault centres from all across Ontario, offering counselling, information and support services to survivors of sexual violence, including childhood sexual abuse and incest. OCRCC recognizes that sexual assault is experienced differently by different women: sexual violence crosses all boundaries, but women and girls from marginalized communities are more vulnerable. Risk increases if you are elderly or a young woman, non-heterosexual, poor, or a woman of colour.
Amelia Rising believes that the new website has great capacity to refer survivors to confidential, accessible help right in their own communities – including the Nipissing region.
For more information, please contact Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing: 705-840-2403; firstname.lastname@example.org; www.ameliarising.ca
Marie Rapoport, Executive Director
Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing
Statistics Canada, 1993, "Violence Against Women Survey"
Holmes & Silver, 1992
 Statistics Canada, "The Violence Against Women Survey, " The Daily, November 18, 1993.
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