The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women is a day commemorated in Canada each December 6th, the anniversary of the 1989 Ecole Polytechnique Massacre, in which 14 women were singled out for their gender and murdered. December 6th is also a time to remember those who have died as a result of gender based violence. In addition, it also represents a chance for communities to make concrete action towards eliminating all forms of violence again women.
This year on December 4th SASSL will be holding Reflections on Resistance: Honouring our Courage & Strength in the face of Gender-Based Violence. It will be held in the Chancellor’s Room (behind the Underground) from 12:30pm-1:30pm. Add a name of a loved one to a banner, write a message of support for survivors, or share what yu have done to eradicate gender based violence.
On December 5th, SASSL’s Internal and Networking Coordinator Chenthoori Malankov will be speaking out on violence against women in Vari Hall from 11:30-12:30pm. Please join us to remember and honour the lives that have been lost to gender based violence.
** 2013/2014 Wen-Do Self Defense Courses! **
This school year, SASSL will be holding two Wen-do self defense courses each semester. The first course in the fall term is a five-week course that will be held onWednesday evenings from October 2nd to October 30th. There will also be a weekend course that will take place on October 19th/20th. The winter term five-week course will be on Wednesday evenings from January 16th to February 13th. There will also be a weekend course on March 1st/2nd.
All Wen-do courses are free of charge, though there may be a small deposit that is returned upon completion of the course. If taking the course, you must attend all classes or else lose the deposit. Wen-do classes are for all who self-identify as women and are meant to be accessible to all ability levels. If you would like to register for the course or require more information, please email email@example.com.
Most sexual assaults are done by someone we know. Whether it’s recent or it happened a long time ago, being at school can bring up issues about sexual assault. Luckily the campus has resources that can help.
University is the perfect place to make friends and build new memories. Just remember: No matter how much you drink, what you’re wearing, or “how far you go” with someone, No still means No!
SASSL’s confidential, 24-hour Support Line:
For all other inquiries, please call SASSL’s main office line:
Assaulted Women’s Helpline:
Telephone support and counselling available in several languages.
(416) 863-0511 / TTY (416) 863-7868 / #7233 on your Bell Mobility phone
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre Crisis Line
416 597 8808