Hello, I am a student at Western Law working on an international law internship with 'Rural Women Making Change' at the University of Guelph this summer. 
 
I will be up in North Bay to do some research with women involved in the agricultural sector starting next Wednesday May 19th, 2010.
 
I'm still looking for women who might be interested in speaking with me for this research, and I'm wondering if your organization can help me to find the local contact for the Local Council of Women or for any other women's groups in the area?
 
Thanks very much,
 
Heather Alexander
 RWMC Intern, University of Guelph
 International Law Internship Program
 Western Law
 University of Western Ontario

***Please note that Heather is available to carry out interviews between May 18 and June 5, and that anyone interested can contact me at halexan2@uwo.ca for more information.***
 
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Amelia Rising,in partnership with the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, is pleased to support the launch of the new Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres website!  The website launch recognizes that May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month.

Facts:
51% of all Canadian women have experienced at least one incident of sexual or physical violence
[1].   And of Canadian girls under the age of sixteen, 54% have experienced some form of unwanted sexual attention[2].  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[3].  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[4]. 

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; info@ameliarising.ca; www.ameliarising.ca   

 
Marie Rapoport, Executive Director
Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing
705-840-2403
executive.director@ameliarising.ca
www.ameliarising.ca

[1]Statistics Canada, 1993, "Violence Against Women Survey"
[2]Holmes & Silver, 1992
[3] Statistics Canada, "The Violence Against Women Survey, " The Daily, November 18, 1993.
[4]Step it Up Ontario!