JOIN US IN ANOTHER #WeBelieveSurvivors Action
What: #WeBelieveSurvivors Action – TRCC/MWAR
Where: Monday April 11th at Old City Hall Court, 60 Queen Street West
When: 9am meet on front steps.
10 am pack K Court on 3rd floor.
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre Multicultural women Against Rape is planning a new fundraiser:
The 1st Annual TORONTO RUN AGAINST VIOLENCE (TRAV)
In High Park Toronto
SUNDAY OCTOBER 16, 2016 – 9AM
WE NEED COMMITTEE MEMBERS to help plan this event! If you are interested in being on the COMMITTEE, please contact at deb via email at
Committee meeting schedule: (tentative)
Wednesday March 30th – 6-8pm
Tuesday April 26th – 6-8pm
Wednesday May 25th -6-8pm
Tuesday June 21st – 6-8pm
Wednesday July 26th – 6-8pm
Tuesday August 23rd 6-8pm
Wednesday September 6th – 6-8pm
Tuesday September 20th – 6-8pm
Wednesday October 5th – 6-8pm
Tuesday October 11th – 6-8pm
Media Inquiries about Jian Ghomeshi Trial, Mustafa Ururyar Trial or other media Inquires
Karlene Moore 416 597 1171 x223 or email@example.com
Claude Boulanger 416 597 1171 x226 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments to the Media about the Jian Ghomeshi Trial
The following is the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape’s media statements.
While the Jian Ghomeshi case sparks lots of controversial questions about sexual assault, consent and survivor’s disclosures, one thing remains true when we talk about sexual violence. The concept of ‘consensual sex’ doesn’t really exist.
‘Consensual’ sex is just called sex and unconsensual sex is called rape.
“Proof that we live in a rape culture? In western society, it is more likely there will be repercussions socially and legally, if you steal a digital device of some kind, than if you sexually assault someone.”
Deb Singh, Counselor, TRCCMWAR
Survivors reap deeply negative repercussions when they report sexual violence, socially, politically and legally; so it makes sense that survivors may take long periods of time to report, if at all.
We can also see the ‘danger’ in reporting when we know that the legal system allows for survivors to be counter charged with assault or defamation after the initial report of sexual assault. There are few other crimes that counter charges become laid after a violent crime has been reported, as is the with the Bill Cosby (http://www.cnn.com/2016/01/21/us/bill-cosby-defamation-lawsuit-dismissed/ ) sexual assault and defamation cases.
The court of public opinion is all too real for survivors. While it is likely that perpetrators will continue their careers, albeit out from under the spotlight, survivors who bravely disclose their identities will always be questioned about whether or not the ‘claim’ was true. Further, the survivor will be penalized in various ways for having gone public; perhaps it’s not getting a job, or it’s their reputation being minimized to ‘accuser of rape’, or impacts on their social and romantic lives, etc.
The Criminal court still has a way to go in restructuring how evidence is collected in order to prove a sexual assault has happened, and this stretches further to our work around believing survivors. Proving consent was given is oxymoronic when the survivor is claiming sexual assault and there are often no witnesses and no evidence to prove consent was/was not given.
If we know that only 2-8% of all sexual assault accusations are false, (compared to 10% of false claims of car thefts and other felony offenses) then it is in the best interest of the legal system to believe women, from a cultural, social and legal standpoint. But because we live in a culture of rape in where women and trans people are oppressed by sexism, patriarchy and rape culture – the legal system powered predominantly by men benefits from not believing survivors even if they are telling the truth 98% of the time.
“So what’s the answer? Do women lie about rape? According to Joanne Archambault, a former sex crimes unit supervisor, the answer is fairly simple: “[False reports] are not a problem. They happen, but they’re not a problem.” Research has shown that only roughly 2 to 8 percent of rape reports are untrue, (for car thefts, another felony offense, that number is about 10 percent.) Two to 8 percent is a pretty small number to justify the climate of fear around false rape reports.”
Using the legal system, as a tool to decrease sexual assault has not worked. If there were more successful outcomes within the legal system perhaps this would motivate survivors to come forward. However it is left to police, lawyers and judges to decide the legal recourse when survivors report, effectively leaving them out of the process and generating results that do not speak to the rape culture we live in or deter future offenders from assaulting women.
International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Sex workers. Stop violence against all sex workers! Sex work is real, important work.
We have moved!
After 23 years in our home, and 40 years in the downtown core, the TRCC/MWAR has said goodbye to our old neighborhood. We look forward to continuing our work while building communities and reaching survivors. We will be celebrating and welcoming you to our new space soon! Stay tuned for more updates.