One Month Later -- Here's What We've Learned Since Launching the Silenced Report

Uncategorized Mar 29, 2021

Our small but mighty team of survivors and allies has been blown away by the support we have received since the launch of the Silenced: Canada's Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Accessibility Crisis report. We've been able to connect with hundreds of survivors from across Canada, begin to develop our donor base and get the Silenced Report featured in Canadian media (shoutout to Sarah and the team at Change.org for your support in this).  While we haven't received the feedback and support from the government we were hoping for, we understand this will be an uphill battle -- and we're ready to continue advocating for equal access to justice for survivors of sexual violence across Canada. Change takes time, and we're dedicated to amplifying the need for SAEK's to be available at every Canadian hospital and health centre. 

This past week we had a big win to celebrate as Senator Renée Dupuis referenced the Silenced: Canada's Sexual Assault Evidence...

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The Impact of Sensitivity Training

Uncategorized Nov 24, 2020

sen·si·tiv·i·ty train·ing

 
noun
 
  1. training intended to sensitize people to their attitudes and behaviors that may unwittingly cause offense to others, especially members of various minorities. (Oxford, 2020). 
 
 
So, what is sensitivity training and why do we need it? 
 
As our society advances and seeks to become more inclusive, sensitivity training is relevant now more than ever before. In the realm of sexual violence and harassment, sensitivity training offers the opportunity to bridge systematic gaps between professionals (medical/legal/educators/law enforcement/corporate), bystanders, and survivors. Engaging in sensitivity training can transform interactions between a patient and a medical professional, a lawyer and client, supervisor, and employee - and the list goes on. Globally, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men are affected by sexual violence in their lifetime. Despite this, comprehensive...
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Understanding Your Rights - Navigating Next Steps

Uncategorized Sep 16, 2020

One of the biggest barriers to accessing justice for survivors is understanding where to begin. There is no handbook guiding survivors on how to report sexual violence. If you are a survivor and have felt lost in the process you are not alone. 

She Matters exists (in part) to educate survivors on our rights - and put up a good fight when our rights are being violated! Regardless of location, we are here for you. Consider this your welcome to the She Matters Community - from today moving forward you are not alone. 

Navigating the reporting process can be confusing. Fear of the unknowns are natural. We have all been there. After experiencing sexual violence our emotions are raw and many survivors feel numb inside. We have just lived through an unimaginable trauma and now we have to figure out next steps. So many questions run through our minds. One of the most common thoughts is, "what is the right choice?" It's okay not to have all of the answers. The truth is,...

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