The Day of action on sexual violence highlights RQCALACS's and the CALACS's analysis of sexual assaults and their competencies about the subject. On that day, CALACS all over Quebec host many activities. It is a day that provides high profile to the cause.
The day usually takes place the third Friday of September (there could be an exception). In Quebec, the day is in the wake of the North American feminist movement of the 1970s 'Take back the night'.
The initial candlelight protest walk about violence against women took place at the time that the 'International Tribunal for Crimes Against Women' was held in Brussels in March 1976. More feminist walks took place in different European cities in 1976 and 1977, in reaction to rape statistics or to demand the right to go out, night or day, without fear. The first North American walk was held in Philadelphia in 1975 to protest against the murder of microbiologist Susan Alexander Speeth. Another walk took place in San Francisco's Red Light District to protest against rape and pornography, in November 1978. From that day, it became a yearly commemorative event.
The day of action's objective is to demonstrate our will to fight sexual assaults and the fear that ensues. We believe that by uniting we can change mentalities and stamp out evil.
No to sexual assaults. Let's work together!
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This campaign seeks to raise awareness about violence against women and starts on November 25th, International Day on the elimination of violence against women to the 6th of December, National day of commemoration and action on violence against women. Everywhere in Québec, groups stage events to challenge barriers to the elimination of violence. The 12 day campaign ends with a public gathering on the 6th of December in front of the Montreal Court of Justice to commemorate the victims of the Polytechnique massacre of 1989. Fourteen woman were killed that day because they were women.
To know more, visit the site of the National victims of crime awareness week. www.victimsweek.gc.ca
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!
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.
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.