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Responding to media inquiries is one of the ways that Avalon Centre seeks to increase public understanding about sexualized violence and abuse and to increase support for survivors. We do our best to respond in a timely manner if available during the work week. We are not always able to respond after hours and on weekends/holidays. Please understand that we may not always be able to respond due to other work commitments. Please review Avalon’s About Us and Resource sections to information about research, statistics, educational materials, and our programs/services for information that may be relevant.

For information about Avalon Sexual Assault Centre please visit the About Us section. For information, interviews or media statements, please contact:

Jackie Stevens, Executive Director
executivedirector@avaloncentre.ca


Latest Media Links



Canadian Womens Foundation: Q&A Support Needs Spike After #MeToo

Avalon Executive Director Jackie Stevens spoke with the Canadian Women's Foundation recently about #metoo and its effect on demand for services.
- by Maria Kampen

Chronicle Herald Readers Corner: It’s Not Intercourse, It's Sexual Assault

Letter to the editors on the importance of language.
"Using intercourse as a synonym for assault diminishes the seriousness of the crime and is further damaging, disrespectful and possibly re-victimizing to the survivor."

CBC News: Sexual Assault Survivor Re-traumatized By Court Processes

Questions raised after woman had to watch video of sexual assault 3 times.

"She has to relive that assault repeatedly as that video is shown," said Stevens.

The Star Halifax News Article

Halifax advocates call for man accused of sexual assault to be labelled a dangerous offender

“The system and the community has a responsibility to ensure that people don’t continue to reoffend,” she said. “We need to hold perpetrators accountable, but we also need to look at the broader challenges of our legal system and our justice process in terms of what else needs to be in place to prevent people from reoffending.”

News 95.7 Article

"The system and the community has a responsibility to ensure that people don't continue to reoffend," she said. "We need to hold perpetrators accountable, but we also need to look at the broader challenges of our legal system and our justice process in terms of what else needs to be in place to prevent people from reoffending."

CTV Interview

Survivor of High-Risk Offender Speaks Out
Sexual Assault Survivor of High Risk Offender speaks out. Jackie Stevens, executive director of Avalon Sexual Assault Centre advocates for sustainable supports for survivors while speaking to how the impacts of sexual assault can stay with a person for a long time.

CTV News Article

Sexual assault prompts calls for alleged attacker to be labelled dangerous offender
Jackie Stevens, executive director of the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre in Halifax, said given Obed's extensive history of violent physical and sexual offences, the Crown should consider applying for dangerous offender status if he is convicted.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Local Artists Join Voices to Support Survivors of Sexual Assault

Halifax – Local artists are coming together to take a stand against sexual assault and fundraise for Halifax’s Avalon Sexual Assault Centre during Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Together Our Voices Are Powerful will be a night of song and a way to show collective resilience on April 21, 2018.

CTV Interview

"Non-profit Ladies Beer League & Avalon Sexual Assault Centre stops by to share their plans for the Safe Bars program in Halifax."

CBC News Article

'It's time': Women hoping to make Halifax's bars safer. 'When you're a server, you're constantly on the front lines,' Kelly Costello says.

The Coast

Making bars safer in Halifax
Avalon Sexual Assault Centre and Ladies Beer League fundraise for a local Safe Bars program

The Sheldon MacLeod Show

"Avalon Sexual Assault centre, and other crisis centres in the province could lose funding next month when their Community Support Network Grants expire. We speak with Jackie Stevens, executive director of Avalon to find out more..."

Huffington Post Canada article

Canada's #MeToo Movement Stretches Limits Of Sexual Assault Support Centres
The tide is turning on sexual violence. But rape crisis workers say their ability to respond hasn’t budged.

CBC Article

Advocates worry about sustainability of sexual violence services as grants expire

Analysis

LEAF and Avalon offer a feminist analysis of the Court of Appeal’s decision in R. v. Al-Rawi

Panel

Panel discusses problems and opportunities around how the justice system handles sexualized violence

Metro News

'Re-examine everything:' Halifax victims' advocate talks impact, next steps after Ghomeshi verdict

News 95.7

Workshop on bystander intervention comes to Dalhousie as sexual assault remains top of mind

News 95.7

Local sexual assault support centre applauds decision to appeal acquittal of Halifax cabbie

News 95.7

Local women's advocacy group granted intervenor statues in Al-Rawi appeal

News 95.7

Two recent sex assault cases show need for reform to laws: Dal law professor

Metro News

Sex assault victims in Nova Scotia can now access free legal advice

CBC

Advocates worry about sustainability of sexual violence services as grants expire

CBC

Demand spiking for sexual assault services in Atlantic provinces

CBC

PTSD is a reality for sexual assault victims, says women's advocate

CBC

Halifax Pop Explosion taking steps to halt sexual assaults, improve accessibility

CBC

Demand spiking for sexual assault services in Atlantic provinces

Global

Avalon, Halifax police aim to break silence around sexualized violence with #StartByBelieving campaign

Metro

‘Losing hope:’ Woman feeling re-victimized by Halifax police after reporting sexual assault

CBC

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre can't rely 100% on government funding

CBC

Appeal argued in case of Halifax taxi driver acquitted of sexual assault

Global

Nova Scotia politicians at odds over how to respond in wake of taxi driver acquittal

Metro

More sexual assault victims are seeking services in Halifax, but advocates say there's not enough funding

CBC

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre says more legal support needed for victims

Global

Nova Scotia now offering free legal advice for sexual assault survivors

CBC

Advocates worry about sustainability of sexual violence services as grants expire