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March to End Sexualized & Gender-Based Violence – April 16, 2016

Friday, April 15th, 2016

Victoria Women’s Transition House is marching on Sat, April 16th in support of Ending Sexualized and Gender Based Violence and we would love for you to join us. We are meeting on the lawn of the Parliament Buildings at 11am. Look for the purple balloons. We have some purple VWTH t-shirts available but if you have a purple shirt, hat, coat, umbrella etc, please wear this as our shirt supply is limited. Please see the media release, below the poster, from the group to give you more info/context. We will be actually LEAVING from the Parliament Building site at about 11:30am and walking to Spirit Square where there will be speeches. PLEASE JOIN US!!! We hope to see you there, then. ~ Your Friends at Victoria Women’s Transition House

March to End Violence

Local Alliance Hosts April 16 March to End Sexualized & Gender-Based Violence

Join seven of Greater Victoria’s front-line anti-violence organizations on Saturday, April 16 at 11 a.m. for the ‘March to End Sexualized and Gender-Based Violence.’

This inspirational day will feature a march from the legislature to Spirit Square at Victoria City Hall, where speakers will raise awareness about the sexualized and gender-based violence children, youth, women and Trans survivors in Victoria experience.

“Violence affects all of us in so many destructive ways,” says Alexa Robin, coordinator of the seven-agency network and the Trans inclusion coordinator at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre. “Sexualized violence in particular is a critical issue, because it’s a cultural norm embedded in gender roles and encompasses much more than sexual assault. Anyone who doesn’t conform to gender stereotypes in our society is at risk of violence.”

Speakers at Saturday’s event include

Esquimalt-Royal Roads MLA Maurine Karagianis; Acting Victoria Mayor Marianne Alto; Jeannette MacInnis, Director of Health and Ending Violence initiatives for the B.C. Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres; Chaw-win- from Tla-o-qui-aht and Cheklesaht; and Peers Victoria board member Natasha Potvin.

Ending gender-based violence remains an elusive goal despite decades of talking about the issue. Canadian research has repeatedly found gender to be the most important factor in whether someone is at risk for sexual assault. While women represent half of all victims of violent crimes in Canada, they account for 85 per cent of sexual offences reported to police.

Figures are even more alarming for women and Trans individuals with additional barriers putting them at even more risk of discrimination and marginalization, whether due to race, disability, poverty, sex-work experience, immigrant status, unemployment, or histories as abused children. One study has found that almost 70 per cent of women sexually assaulted as children also report being sexually assaulted after the age of 16.

“Together, we can do something about disturbing statistics like these,” says Alexa. “It’s been heartening to see the rate of violence falling in Canada in recent years, but sexualized violence persists. We need to see it for the distinct and deeply troubling issue that it is, and put the same level of effort into ending it that we have for other forms of violence.”

Everyone is welcome at the march, which will travel from the legislature to Spirit Square via Government Street. Community groups participating in the alliance hosting the march are:

* Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

* Victoria Intercultural Association

* Victoria Native Friendship Centre

* Victoria Women’s Transition House

* Peers Victoria Resource Society

* Victoria Child Abuse Prevention and Counselling Centre

* Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society

 

For more information, contact:

Alexa Robin

250-383-5545 ext: 114

alexar@vsac.ca

 

National Volunteer Appreciation Week

Monday, April 13th, 2015

thankyou-volunteers-cake

National Volunteer Week takes place April 12-18, bringing awareness to the impact and difference volunteers make in our community. The theme this year of NVW -“Volunteers are part of the ripple effect”.

At Transition House, our Volunteers are invaluable in the work we do. They help us with many of the daily tasks associated with keeping the shelter clean, organized and stocked with food and clothing. Our volunteers garden, prepare meals for families, and answer crisis class from women looking for space in our shelter, or just a listening ear.  The presence of volunteers throughout the house, frees up staff time to meet the needs of women and families staying with us.

We often say volunteers are the heart of our agency, bringing a positive energy into the house through their selfless giving.  The work of our volunteers, directly impacts the lives of women and children in the shelter, and we believe this effect and the example they set, sends ripples into the larger community.

We are excited to welcome a new batch of 11 Crisis Line Volunteers, and 10 In house volunteers this month. Quite a few of our volunteers are venturing into their Masters Degrees in Social Service/Counselling related fields, or retiring from their duties after years of service- and we are grateful to have been included in their journey of giving.

During volunteer week we would like to send an extra big thank you to all our agency volunteers. Thank you for choosing to bring your own unique experience, skills and passion into our lives every day- Our volunteers rock!!

For more information about our volunteer program, please contact Rachel.

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