A Social Issue


No to sexual assaults. Let's work together!

Sexual assaults are an act of domination, humiliation, abuse of power and violence committed mainly against women and children. It is a form of social control in the attempt of maintaining fear in women and to keep them in unequal power relations.

Sexually assaulting someone is to impose attitudes, words and actions of sexual nature against the will of the person, through intimidation, threats, blackmail, and verbal, physical and psychological violence.

Sexual assaults are part of the larger problem of violence against women. It's at the heart of our society which has historically maintained unequal relations between men and women. Many myths and prejudices are kept alive in our society regarding this issue.

Although all women could be a victim of sexual assault, studies demonstrate that some are more vulnerable. Some of these are women from visible minorities, Aboriginal women, women with a physical or intellectual disability, lesbians, or women with mental health problems. We can see that there are connections with patriarchy and other contexts of oppression, discrimination and exclusion. These circumstances are capitalism, neocolonialism, sexism, racism, heterosexism, 'ableism', ageism and 'classism'. All these discrimination systems build on one another simultaneously. The crossover of these circumstances is fertile ground for the exploitation of women and lends itself to sexual assault and violence. This convening of discriminatory structures contributes to political, economic, social, psychological and geographical isolation of women and prevents their full participation in Quebec society and the world. It also brings inequalities among women and we are committed to fight them. We also recognize that Aboriginal nations have a right to self-determination and we support them.

It is with this view that the CALACS work to 'implement approaches adapted to different needs, circumstances, interests and priorities as defined by these women.

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The Quebec Coalition of Sexual Assault Centers (RQCALACS) and its members highlight, on Friday September 21st 2018, the 37th day of action on sexual violence against women by launching a new campaign: Ça me regarde!

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C’est avec déception que nous avons pris connaissance du reportage où est diffusé un extrait d’une animation tirée du programme Empreinte – Agir ensemble contre les agressions à caractère sexuel. Le traitement médiatique qui a été réservé à ce thème délicat mais ô combien essentiel, met en lumière les défis que rencontrent les initiatives de prévention et de sensibilisation dans un contexte où les mythes et préjugés prennent parfois le dessus sur les droits de chacun et chacune de vivre une vie exempte de violence.

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The Calacs launche the campaign #WeBelieveYou : « a plateform to commemorate the courage of thousands of women who at the time of the movement #BeenRapedNeverReported a year ago in November 2014 chose to tell their story or to denounce the sexual violence they had experienced. It is also a way to send a clear and unequivocal message to the victims: we believe you and to the relatives and loved ones: believe them», explains Nathalie Duhamel.

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