We believe everyone deserves safety and a right to live without violence. We are not experts in international criminal law or extradition procedures. However, what anti-sexual violence activists know from the years of work that they have done is that victims of sexual violence often do not report, often face consequences when they do, and that systemically the vast majority of perpetrators of violence are never convicted for their crimes. We recently learned of statements made by SlutWalk London (UK) in support of the organization Women Against Raperegarding the ongoing case against...read more
HEATHER: Good morning! To start, we want to say a big thank you to the organizers of the 2012 National Sexual Assault Conference, the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, for having us here today. We’re honoured to be a part of such an amazing conference and such an incredible gathering of people. A number of the people in this room are people we have read, people we have learned from, and inevitably people that have impacted and influenced our lives, in ways we are aware of and in the contributions you all have made in your work. We’re profoundly moved to have been a...read more
Hi everyone, In light of our upcoming march and rally tomorrow afternoon, we’d like to ask you to support us in lending your signatures for a letter-writing campaign sending letters of support to the survivor of a landmark Canadian sexual assault case that the Supreme Court of Canada will be making a decision on come Friday June 1st. The case involves a niqab-wearing (a veil which covers the face with the exception of the eyes) Muslim woman who was ordered by the lower courts to remove her niqab to testify against two family members charged with sexually abusing her as a child....read more
We are so excited to have the G2 Net Mobile concert stage leading SlutWalk Toronto 2012 tomorrow! From Andre Milne: The G2 Net mobile concert stage is honored to be leading SlutWalk Toronto 2012. G2 Net was created in 1995 by Andre Milne to promote international human rights-driven movements using a roots-level expansion of a fusion of live music and visual arts. Milne rescued the Mack truck (as she was known before being reincarnated as Maxine) from being scrapped in 2006, and with an army of volunteers and supporters have kept her alive and kicking her heels as Maxine ever since. SWTO is...read more
Crystal Melin Crystal is a mixed-race woman who embraces her Metis, Mohawk, Oneida, French Canadian, and Scandinavian heritages. She is extremely grateful to hold the position of Executive Director for Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto and sits on eight local Aboriginal committees. Crystal holds a Masters degree in Community Development and Adult Education from the University of Toronto. Through her thesis work she has built a model representing Indigenous knowledges and explores relationship building between non-Aboriginal institutions and Aboriginal...read more
Morgan M Page, Michele Chai and mother, daughter Deborah and Jules confirmed as speakers for SWTO 2012!
Our Friday May 25th rally is less than two weeks away. We’re excited to announce Morgan M Page, Michele Chai and mother and daughter Deborah and Jules as more incredible speakers for #SWTO2012 . Morgan M Page Morgan M Page (Odofemi) is a twenty-something writer, performance + video artist, award-winning activist, and Santera currently living in Toronto. She works in the social services, coordinating programs for trans youth, trans adults, and trans sex workers in downtown Toronto. In 2011, she was the recipient of the Youthline’s Outstanding Contribution to Community Empowerment...read more