CANCELLED Avalon Walks series at Point Pleasant Park on September 13

PLEASE NOTE: due to damage from tropical storm Dorian, the Avalon Walks series will not happen on September 13. Stay tuned for an update on the next edition of the Walks. Past and present clients are invited to join us for a series of simple walks together in nature. The second walk will take place on September 13 at 3pm …

Avalon Walks series kicks off at the Frog Pond

Past and present clients are invited to join us for a series of simple walks together in nature. The first walk will take place on August 16 at 2pm at the Frog Pond Trail Loop. No need to pre-register – to join, just meet us in the parking lot. The walks will proceed rain or shine and will take about …

In This Week’s News: Systemic Failures of Accountability and Protection

Graphic by Austin Willis, originally produced for the Martlet “About 40 people accused the RCMP doctor of assault, but Halifax police say they didn’t find evidence to support charges against him.”¹ “Conservative MPs are demanding to know why the Correctional Service of Canada waited three months to call police after learning of assault allegations at a prison in Nova Scotia.”² …

Start By Believing Improves Survivor Response and Access to Justice

April 3 is the 4th annual Start By Believing Day. In April 2011, Ending Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) launched “Start by Believing,” a global campaign designed to increase awareness of sexual assault and improve societal responses to victim disclosures. According to the SBB website, the campaign draws from psychology’s knowledge base about attitude formation and behavioral change, It is …

Remember, and Take Action

On December 6, 1989, 13 students and one administrator at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered because the killer believed they were feminists. Violence against women, and violence based on gender identity or perceived gender persists in our society today at alarming rates. This day is an opportunity to remember the lives lost at l’École Polytechnique, and to plan actions to help …

Clarity Around Avalon’s Status of Women Funding

There has been so much heartwarming celebration of our successful application to Status of Women Canada’s Gender-Based Violence funding! Many have expressed hope the funding will help our current campaign to increase counselling capacity. We want to clarify that our Status of Women Canada funding will not increase our counselling capacity. Please continue to help spread the word and share …

Amending C-51 around Capacity to Consent

University of Ottawa law professor Elizabeth Sheehy this week issued a call for support in the ongoing fight to amend Bill C-51 regarding capacity to consent. Senator Kim Pate’s proposed amendment was adopted in the Senate October 30, but now the House will debate the amendment, possibly on Monday November 26. Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould says she won’t support the …

Forensic Nursing Week, November 5 to 9

It’s Forensic Nursing Week. Avalon is lucky to have the team of Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners it does, led by Chantelle Murphy 💜 “Becoming a SANE arose as a need I identified after working for 18 years in women’s health. I worked primarily with childbearing women and families and within my role as a labour and delivery nurse I saw innumerable …

Night of Songs and Stories raises funds for Avalon to help sexual assault survivors

  Night of songs and stories raises funds for Avalon to help sexual assault survivors   On April 21, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre hosted a benefit concert at St. Matthew’s United Church called “Together Our Voices Are Powerful.”   The theme of the fundraiser was inspired by the 2018 theme of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), which encourages individuals and …