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The YWCA Canada creative campaign “Never Blame the Victim” draws attention to the ways in which survivors of sexual violence are subjected to judgement instead of support. During the month of May, we take part in this campaign to raise important awareness and challenge the stigma and judgement surrounding sexual violence.
Awareness and advocacy matters.
In an effort to support the Choose to See + Choose to Act Awareness Campaign released by Regina Sexual Assault Centre, Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre (SSAIC), and Battlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre (BASAC) and join in the important conversation happening during Sexual Violence Awareness Week, YWCA Regina has included #ChooseToSee on our informational stickers and will be encouraging everyone to use the hashtag during May 15-19, 2023.
Trigger Warning // Discussion of rape and victim shaming
Saskatchewan’s rate of interpersonal violence is double the national average.
We know that things won’t change until we all stand up and do our part to build awareness, challenge the stigma, and change the story for sexual assault survivors, so nobody is ever made to feel like an assault is their fault. This year, we are asking our community to #ChooseToSee:
#ChooseToSee that so many women feel afraid to walk alone at night
#ChooseToSee that victim-blaming comments continue to silence survivors
#ChooseToSee that every one of us can speak up against harmful actions
We ask that you join us in spreading this message, and being part of the change!
The Regina Police Service (RPS) revealed that 2022 saw a record-high 213 reported cases of sexual assault. The total marked a 16 per cent increase from 2021, which saw 160 cases reported in the Queen City.
CTV News March 7, 2023
During the last decade, sexual assault reports have risen by 72 per cent. There were 124 sexual assaults reported to the RPS in 2013, along with 21 “other” sex crimes, such as sexual interference, sexual invitation to touching, child luring and voyeurism.
Leader-Post February 28, 2023
When someone is sexually assaulted, it can weigh on them for the rest of their life. And far too often, victims continue to experience victim blaming after the assault: They may hear that it happened because they were drinking, or dressed a certain way, or ‘asking for it.’
These mentalities continue to perpetuate harmful and ignorant views around sexual assault that keep survivors from reporting assaults and seeking support.
Survivors often carry the stigma and the trauma of an assault alone and in silence.
But together we can shift the stigma of sexual assault off of survivors, and do our part to call out abusive actions and mentalities in our communities.
• Let your community know why you #neverblamethevictim and #choosetosee – share your story on social media, tag us, @ywcaregina, and share our social media posts to raise awareness and be an advocate
• Learn about bystander intervention training and what you can do to be an ally and supporter of people at risk of being assaulted
• Support organizations that raise awareness and offer services to survivors, like Regina Sexual Assault Centre and YWCA Regina
• Watch the video from YWCA Canada, and learn how sexual assault and the stigma associated impacts survivors
• Spot our stickers in bars, restaurants, and businesses in Regina, May15-19, 2023: Take a moment to think about your role as an ally and supporter in ending sexual violence