Home > About > Vision

Vision

SACHA envi­sions a world free of vio­lence and oppression.

Mis­sion:

SACHA is a fem­i­nist, non-prof­it, com­mu­ni­ty-based orga­ni­za­tion that pro­vides sup­ports to peo­ple who have expe­ri­enced sex­u­al­ized vio­lence at any point in their lives. We work to end vio­lence and oppres­sion through edu­ca­tion, advo­ca­cy, out­reach, coali­tion build­ing, com­mu­ni­ty part­ner­ships, and activism.

Val­ues:

SACHA will chal­lenge social and polit­i­cal struc­tures and sys­tems that con­tribute to the expe­ri­ence of vio­lence, oppres­sion, and exploita­tion of all people.

We believe that:

Def­i­n­i­tion & Roots of Sex­u­al­ized Violence

• Sex­u­al­ized vio­lence is an act of pow­er and con­trol expressed in sex­u­al means. Although com­mit­ted by an indi­vid­ual, such sex­u­al­ized vio­lence is a result of gen­der and pow­er dynam­ics and is struc­tural­ly sup­port­ed in our cul­ture and institutions.

• Sex­u­al­ized vio­lence is a gen­dered issue. This vio­lence takes place with­in a social, polit­i­cal, cul­tur­al and eco­nom­ic, his­tor­i­cal and still ongo­ing, con­text of male dom­i­na­tion and the dis­ad­van­tage and oppres­sion of women and chil­dren. Both boys and girls are social­ized to fit into this sys­tem and to per­pet­u­ate it, cre­at­ing a mod­el of tox­ic mas­culin­i­ty which harms peo­ple of all genders. 

• There­fore, SACHA works from inter­sec­tion­al, equi­table, fem­i­nist, anti-racist and anti-oppres­sive frameworks.Working toward the elim­i­na­tion of sex­u­al­ized vio­lence means rec­og­niz­ing and address­ing the lay­ered ways mul­ti­ple forms of vio­lence are per­pet­u­at­ed in our society.

• A con­sent cul­ture, based on equi­ty, is essen­tial to end­ing sex­u­al­ized violence.

• It is essen­tial that we rec­og­nize and hon­our the his­tor­i­cal con­tri­bu­tion to the anti-sex­u­al vio­lence move­ment made by women with inter­sect­ing iden­ti­ties; crit­i­cism that the fem­i­nist move­ment has exclud­ed racial­ized, trans, Indige­nous, les­bian, dis­Abled and oth­er women is valid and these voic­es must be heard at SACHA.

Sur­vivors’ Rights

• Our efforts must be ground­ed and informed by sur­vivors, who found­ed our organization.

• Sup­port­ing sur­vivors of sex­u­al­ized vio­lence to heal requires us to acknowl­edge that peo­ple have mul­ti­ple iden­ti­ties and expe­ri­ences of oppres­sion that shape the way they expe­ri­ence and respond to sex­u­al­ized vio­lence as indi­vid­u­als and communities.

• Peo­ple respond to and resist sex­u­al­ized vio­lence in diverse ways, and it is a person’s right to self-deter­mine how to access safe­ty when expe­ri­enc­ing vio­lence or oppres­sion in their life.

• Sur­vivors of sex­u­al­ized vio­lence have the right to con­trol their own bod­ies and their own path to healing.

• Sur­vivors are nev­er respon­si­ble for vio­lence per­pe­trat­ed against them.

• Men’s social­iza­tion can serve as bar­ri­ers to male-iden­ti­fied sur­vivors reach­ing out and receiv­ing sup­port; we are com­mit­ted to mak­ing our ser­vices acces­si­ble to all genders.

SACHA Orga­ni­za­tion­al Culture

SACHA oper­ates as a mod­i­fied col­lec­tive, using con­sen­sus and col­lab­o­ra­tion, to ensure all mem­bers of SACHA – vol­un­teers, staff, and stu­dents – have their voic­es heard.

• Self-care and well­ness of those work­ing and vol­un­teer­ing at SACHA are a polit­i­cal tool that sus­tain us in our work.

Ser­vices are con­fi­den­tial and free of charge. We respect the right to safe­ty and privacy.

24 hour support line
905-525-4162
Are you in crisis? Erasing your footprint Access Chat Support
More about us...
Our Vision Strategic Plan AGM Reports Policy and Procedures
Upcoming event
Navigating Intimate Partnerships Counselling Group (Session 1 of 8)

Thursday, October 13, 2022 at 7:00pm - 9:00pm

A SACHA counselling group for survivors of all genders, age 18+

Learn more..