Support Services Society
Sexual Assault Advocacy Centre
Community social action, or grassroots movement is action that springs up spontaneously due to a pressing issue that a community feels needs to be addressed. Gender-based violence in the Cowichan Valley is a pressing issue that community residents spontaneously responded to on Feb. 18th 2011 - the walk for Tyeshia Jones and Karrie Ann Stone that drew forward over 2,000 Cowichan Valley residents.
Community social action steps out of the pyramid paradigm of single leader hierarchy and recognizes the inherent power in the hands, hearts and minds of the people. Community lead action is the circle paradigm which equalizes power by valuing the necessity of unique individual perspectives. We are all one in the Circle of Life. We all affect and are affected by each other.
Coming together against violence means working collaboratively and engaging each other about the issues. Together, we are stronger.
ONE BILLION RISING
is a call to action of over 200 countries rising together based on staggering statistics that 1 in 3 women will be beaten or raped in her lifetime. With the world population at 7 billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls violated - one billion daughters, mothers, grandmothers, sisters, lovers and friends.
REDRESS PROJECT FOR MISSING & MURDERED INDIGENOUS WOMEN
an "art-turned-protest" display representing the astounding number of Indigenous women and girls lost to violent crime in Canada and as a call for action to prevent future violence. An empty garment of clothing operates as a marker for those who are no longer with us.
"WHAT WERE YOU WEARING?"
an art installation addressing victim blaming and rape myths. Victim blaming implies that survivors of sexualized violence are responsible for anticipating, causing or stopping the violence. Victim blaming obscures the actions offenders take to plan for and overcome the survivor's resistance.
empowering, celebrating and promoting inclusivity, acceptance and respect for LGBTQ communities. Trans people and bi-sexual women face alarming rates of sexual violence. Stigma and higher rates of discrimination are barriers for seeking out much needed resources and for reporting sexualized crimes.