SACHA - Sexual Assault Centre
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75 MacNab St. South, 3rd floor
Hamilton Ontario L8P 3C1 Canada
PHONE 905.525.4573 FAX 905.525.7085 TTY 905.525.4592

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Below are links and info that were covered in the workshop.


Taking Action


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Consent to any sexual activity has to be given willingly without coercion. The person cannot be drunk, high or asleep and they have to be able to understand what they are consenting to.

Without consent, it's not sex, it's sexual assault.




Sexual Violence Statistics


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Myths & Lies

She was asking for it. She was dressed like a slut.

No one asks to be sexually assaulted. Ever.

Clothes are not a risk factor. The only risk factor is the presence of a rapist. And really, if the issue was about perpetrators not being able control themselves around women dressed in revealing clothing, then rates of sexual assault at beaches, pools, and fashion shows would be out of control.

Second, there is a messed up idea that women dressing in revealing clothes are “asking for it”. Women, and men for that matter, dress in many different ways for many different reasons. Even if someone is dressing sexy because they want to have sex, they still get the choice of who and when. No one dresses sexy because they want to be raped. This ridiculous idea is well explored by some excellent ads in the U.K.: Not Ever and Nobody Asks to be Raped.

The clear reality, as stated by research looking at both sexual assault and sexual harassment is that clothing is not a significant factor in sexual violence.



He was too turned on. He hadn’t had sex in a long time.

These myths are confusing sexual assault with sexual attraction. Sexual assault is not sex. It is a crime where sex is the weapon.

Sexual assault happens because of the perpetrator taking advantage of their power. It is about gaining power and control over another person. A perpetrator gets satisfaction by humiliating and controlling their victim and uses sex as the tool to do this.

In violent relationships, the power and control wheel is a useful tool to see the many different tactics that are used by someone who abuses their power.


Both the clothing myth and the myth about sexual attraction are extremely insulting to men. It assumes that they have no control over their bodies or desires.



She was drunk.

It is not a crime to drink; it is a crime to rape.

Alcohol is the most used date rape drug. It is used by perpetrators as a weapon to facilitate sexual assault.

It is a double standard that alcohol consumption is used to condemn a survivor’s actions but excuse a perpetrator’s.

"But what if they're both drunk?" Here's a great article about things to consider about alcohol and consent.


More awesome myth busting – SACHA, FORCE.






  • Provides support to survivors and their supporters on the 24 Hour Support Line – 905.525.4162
  • 24 hour accompaniment to hospital or police
  • Individual and group counselling for adult survivors of all genders
  • Diverse Communities Outreach Program offers Multicultural Women’s Sewing Circle and language-specific Women Helping Women groups as well as individual counselling
  • Public Education Program offers workshops on consent, sexual assault prevention, how to support survivors, rape culture, taking action to end sexual violence























McMaster's Equity Inclusion Office
Sexual Violence Response Coordinator - Meaghan Ross
(905) 525-9140 Ext. 20909

The Equity Inclusion Offices provides consultation and support on issues related to personal and human-rights related harassment, including sexual harassment, discrimination and accessibility.

If you're not sure what to do or where to turn, a good starting point is talking with the Sexual Violence Response Coordinator. You can talk with her about what happened to you. She’ll listen and, when you’re ready, she’ll also give you information about what your options are, how you can find more support and what next steps you might consider taking.


Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara

  • French speaking counselling, advocacy and public education


Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre
(905) 521 - 2100 ext. 73557

The SA/DVCC provides specialized healthcare for children, adolescents, women (trans inclusive), men (trans inclusive), and non-binary trans* individuals who have experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence. All services are safe, supportive, confidential, and provided at no cost. Police involvement is not required to access services.

Emergency Services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Specially trained nurses are on-call 24 hours a day, to respond to survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic violence seeking medical care. Medical care includes but is not limited to care for any injuries, testing and preventative treatments for STIs and HIV, and emergency contraception. If survivors are unsure about reporting physical or sexual assault to the police, the nurse practitioner can also complete a forensic evidence kit, which can be frozen for up to 6 months or used in legal proceedings. It is important to access medical care within 72 hours of a sexual assault for prevention of STIs and effective emergency contraception.


Student Wellness Centre
905-525-9140 ext. 27700

The Student Wellness Centre provides confidential medical care, counselling, and accommodation services to all McMaster students with a valid OHIP or UHIP card.

Medical care is available during business hours, by appointment. Students with urgent medical concerns are seen within the same day. The SWC cannot complete a forensic evidence kit, but can provide STI testing and treatment, and emergency contraception. The SWC provides routine medical care and follow-up.

Counselling is available during business hours, by appointment. Students in crisis can book a half hour crisis appointment for the same day, subject to availability. The SWC provides personal and psychological counselling, mental health support, and access to group therapy.



[1] Lichty, L., Campbell, R. and Schuiteman, J. (2008). Developing a University-Wide Institutional Response to Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence, Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 36:1-2. Pg. 6.

This resource developed with the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation.
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