The CALACS Centres Mark the 38th Day of Action on Sexual Violence against Women
September 20, 2019
Montreal, 17 September 2019 – The Regroupement québécois des Centres d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel (RQCALACS) and its members will mark the 38th Day of Action on Sexual Violence against Women this Friday, September 20th, by launching a new tool to raise awareness about factors placing women in contexts of vulnerability to sexual violence.
Feminist interventions are rooted in this theory of contexts of vulnerability, in opposition to the widespread idea that victims of sexual violence put themselves in situations of risk. Three main factors are highlighted: isolation, dependency, and lack of information. Action can be taken on each of these to limit the contexts putting us at risk of sexual violence. The pamphlet produced by the CALACS centres, providing suggestions for action, aims to equip the public so that everyone can take up the challenge of the fight against sexual assault.
“Supporting the development of respectful social media, allowing autonomous decision-making, deconstructing myths and prejudices about sexual violence, are among the means and attitudes which can be adopted to promote women’s power to act and thus reduce their vulnerability to sexual assault,” said Stéphanie Tremblay, spokesperson of RQCALACS.
Sexual violence, defined as an act of domination based on a social relationship of power, is fed by different systems of discrimination targeting, for example, women with precarious immigration status, women with functional limitations, and/or women who are targeted by racist, colonial prejudices and prejudices about sexual identity and/or orientation. All of these forms of discrimination heighten women’s vulnerability to sexual violence. It is important to actively address them; to create a just and equitable world in which no woman lives in fear of sexual assault.
The tool for the 2019 Day of Action is intended to be shared widely. Individuals, groups and organizations are invited to order the material from RQCALACS and raise awareness in their circles.
Moreover, during this time of solidarity with all victims/survivors, the CALACS centres are organizing events throughout Quebec to draw attention to the importance of getting involved in the fight against sexual violence and everyone’s power to stop this epidemic.
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The Regroupement québécois des Centres d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel (RQCALACS) and its members will mark the 38th Day of Action on Sexual Violence against Women this Friday, September 20th, by launching a new tool to raise awareness about factors placing women in contexts of vulnerability to sexual violence.
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