Sexual Assault Centres – Canada

Court Action and Solidarity #WeBelieveSurvivors

Thursday, March 24, 2016
Meet at 8: 00 am
Where: Old City Hall 60 Queen Street West

Show Up: Bring your signs/banners and stand in solidarity outside Old City Hall to show your support for survivors. The theme is #WeBelieveSurvivors. Extra signs will be provided, signs and banners not necessary to stand in solidarity..

To take part in either of these actions please contact: maria@trccmwar.ca or cynamin@trccmwar.ca

Rally & March Ghomeshi Verdict: We Believe Survivors
#WeBelieveSurvivors

On Thursday, March 24th, the verdict in the Jian Ghomeshi sexual assault trial will be delivered. Join us in solidarity to support the women who bravely testified, the countless others who could not to go to the police, and people who have lived through sexual violence in our communities. Let’s create a space to remind ourselves and others impacted by sexual violence that we believe, support, and love survivors.

This trial highlights a criminal justice system that is in need of deep reform in order to create actual justice and that we live in a culture that spends more time focusing on what a survivor does after they are assaulted ratherthan why abusers commit violence. The statistics say it all: about 0.5 per cent of sex assaults result in court proceedings, with 0.2 per cent ending in convictions. We want to end survivor shaming and victim blaming myths embedded in systems. Let’s celebrate all the ways we resist and seek justice.

No matter the outcome of the trial, we support people who have lived through violence. While the verdict will be delivered earlier in the day, we recognize that most people work 9:00 – 5:00 p.m. and want to welcome as many supporters as possible. This is a family friendly event, everyone is welcomed.

When: Thursday, March 24, 2016
Where: Old City Hall 60 Queen Street West
Rally and march to Toronto Police Headquarters
5:30 p.m. Arrival
6:00 p.m. Rally begins with performance and speeches
6:30 p.m. March starts – route TBD

*If you are interested in being a marshal for the march please contact Centre for Women and Trans People womenandtrans@rsuonline.ca. We will be holding a marshal training on Monday, March 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

*Banner Making at Ryerson SCC 2nd Floor Lobby, Tuesday, March 22 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

For media inquires please contact womenandtrans@rsuonline.ca

If you are a organization that wants to endorse, support, sponsor (i.e. tokens for folks to attend) the march please contact us. womenandtrans@rsuonline.ca

The day of the Ghomeshi verdict, let’s show survivors that they are believed, supported, and loved.

On March 24th, post a selfie with the hashtag #IBelieveSurvivors!

Show survivors that they are not alone. Show the world that we don’t believe victim blaming and myths about sexual violence. We believe survivors.

“The power of social media that I couldn’t do this before. I couldn’t find ways to reflect myself and have other people in the world thank and validate me and tell me that I might be important just for existing in the way that I do.” — Kim Katrin Milan from her video ‘#Selfies, Shame & Self-Love’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v0d6p3_bcFg&feature=youtu.be&a

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