Avalon calls for inquiry into abuse at Home for Colored Children

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre supports former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children as they share their stories of neglect and abuse. “We acknowledge the courage it takes for victims and survivors to speak out about systemic racism and abuse,” said Executive Director Irene Smith. Recent news stories tell of sexual assault, sexual abuse and forced prostitution dating …

Welcome to office, Mayor Mike Savage

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre would like to congratulate Mike Savage, as he becomes mayor of Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM) in a swearing-in ceremony today. On Oct. 15, we hosted Savage to discuss the role of HRM in ending sexualized violence. During the meeting, we explained our women-centred approach and our various programs. We also explained how recent budget cuts have curbed …

Girls Run the World

We recognize the importance of young women and now the world does too. On Oct. 11, 2012 the United Nations declared the first ever International Day of the Girl. To celebrate this historic day, the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is co-hosting ‘Girls Run the World’. On Friday, Oct. 26, girls are invited to dance, write poetry, make kites, learn choreography …

Avalon questions release of alleged sexual offender

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is worried that the Nova Scotia justice system is endangering public safety by releasing serial sexual offenders into the community. Yesterday, David James Leblanc was charged with sexual assault and forcible confinement, a year after he was released on other sexual assault charges. “Children are vulnerable members of society and deserve to be protected from sexual …

Avalon attends Women’s Summit; lauds new N.S. government framework

September is traditionally a time for learning and as students go back to school, we at Avalon continue to learn and grow thanks to our communities partners. On Sept. 13 and 14, Executive Director Irene Smith attended the Nova Scotia Women’s Summit in Stellarton, N.S.. Hosted by the Pictou County Women’s Centre, the keynote speakers touched on issues of reproductive …

Local group supports Avalon with sci-fi screening

Sci-fi nerds and Avalon allies, rejoice! On Aug. 17 and 18, a screening of the movie Serenity will benefit the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre. Hosted by Can’t Stop the Serenity Halifax, the event will donate 25 per cent of its proceeds to the Centre. The rest are dedicated to the global women’s rights NGO, Equality Now. Can’t Stop the Serenity is an …

2012 Annual Report

On June 21, Avalon held our 2012 Annual General Meeting. The meeting included remarks form our Executive Director and the Chair of the Board of Directors, as well as updates on the centre’s programs. Please feel free to look through our annual report for updates on the work that has been happening at Avalon! 2012 AGm Report Web

“Hands on Empowerment” Art Project

The following description of the Hands on Empowerment Mandela was written collectively by the project participants to explain the art piece and to describe their experiences throughout the project. The piece will be displayed at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia with this description from June until September. Hands on Empowerment The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist organization …

Open Letter to Halifax Harbour Bridges

The following open letter was drafted by Avalon Centre to bring attention to problems with the recent “Bridget” campaign of Halifax Harbour Bridges. May 31, 2011 Steve Snider CEO and General Manager Halifax Harbour Bridges Dear Mr. Snider: We, the undersigned, are writing to express our concerns about the Halifax Harbour Bridges “Bridget” Campaign. Together, we represent many groups and …

Sexual assault nurse examiners provide vital service

This opinion editorial written by Susan Wilson, Avalon Centre’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program was first published on May 10, 2012 in the Chronicle Herald. Since 2001, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre’s Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) program has helped to ensure appropriate, compassionate and empowering health care is delivered to people who experience sexualized violence. Unfortunately, it is only available …