Heartwork: Exploring Sexual Assault Prevention Month Through The Arts
May 1 - 31, 2021
Art heals, uplifts and inspires! This May (Sexual Assault Prevention Month), join our Centre as we explore art's transformative power!
Please support our work andlocal artists through our first-ever virtual art auction, or double your impact with our donation matching program, thanks to a local Social Venture Partner! We are hoping to raise $20,000 in support of survivors of sexual violence.
You are also invited to participate in our free programming! Learn about sexual violence prevention in an arts-based public education workshop, or find support through art therapy groups and workshops.
KINTSUGI: The Art of Repair
Tuesday, May 18, 2021 | 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Heartwork: Public Education Dates
Healing Through the Art of Yoga
Wednesdays, May 5, 12, 19 & 26, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Art and Activism: A Conversation With Frizz Kid
Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Male Allies Bystander Intervention:
How do we Support? Tools to Disrupt Sexual Assault in our Communities
Thursday, May 13, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Poetry Slam: Stories of Survival
Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Dance as Healing: Moving Through Trauma to Create Change
Guest Speaker: Ravyn Wngz
Thursday, May 27, 2021 | 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
We are searching for pieces that uplift and help to capture our vision of a world without sexual violence and oppression. All donations will be auctioned off in May, with proceeds going towards wrap-around support services for survivors of sexual violence.
Proceeds can also support our local arts community! We are offering a profit-sharing option for artists and makers who donate their own work. You can receive 50 per cent of the net proceeds* from the sale of your art! It's a win-win.
We invite donors to submit gifts of artwork, handmade items and/or arts-based gift certificates or gift baskets by April 23, 2021. Please consider a gift valued at $100 or more to help us ensure our auction raises the funds needed to support our many services.
*Net proceeds reflect the winning bid price, minus a 10 per cent auction fee from Givergy.
Male Allies Program
Do you follow our Male Allies Program on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter? This program engages boys and men, with their unique ability and responsibility, in ending systemic and everyday forms of gender-based violence. Give them a follow for tips and information on how to be a better Male Ally, and for program updates!
No One Asks For It!
Save the date! On Friday May 7th, join the thousands across Canada wearing purple in support of survivors of sexual violence. The campaign is called #NoOneAsksForIt!
This is a great way to connect with others during social distancing - take your photos from home, from your backyard, or host an online party on Zoom or your favourite group chat app to get a group pic!
Many people have connected with us to express their outrage about the ruling in this case, which was detailed in a news article from the Waterloo Region Record. In case you missed it, a survivor in our community was fined for sharing a transcript of a judge's ruling, which was in her favour, with her friends and family.
We share our community’s outrage, and we stand in solidarity with survivors of sexual violence. We will always support individual survivors in making decisions about next steps.
Here are some things we can all do, when we see such gross miscarriages of justice:
1. Write a letter to the editor about the implications of these kinds of decisions.
2. Advocate for free legal advice for survivors of sexual assault.
3. Advocate for the law to change around media bans to ensure they’re protecting victims, not punishing them or silencing them.
4. Amplify the message on social media. If you have something to say, speak out! Tag the powers that be, and use the hashtag #StopSilencingSurvivors to bring our messages together.
5. Donate to ensure survivors have access to an advocate at a community-based Sexual Assault Support Centre.
Today, and everyday, our Centre is reaching out to survivors of sexual violence in Waterloo Region. You are not alone.
In case you missed it, you can read more about why we're looking for 40 new monthly donors this year below.
We want to build a community of support around local survivors of sexual violence.
So in 2021, we are calling on 40 community members to join us as monthly donors. For as little as $10 a month, you can help us live out our motto to survivors: you are not alone.
Lately, our motto takes on new significance. Our Centre is working around the clock to ensure compassionate community care is there for survivors when they reach out. And they are reaching out, in record numbers. Last year, we saw a 55 per cent increase in requests for support from survivors. Today, we are taking action and hiring two additional Counsellor/Advocates to help us meet the demand, but with 160 survivors now on our waitlist, there is more work to do. Will you help us meet the demand?