During Take Back the Night (TBTN) last night, our friend Jelena of SWAP Hamilton was assaulted during the march against sexual violence. At SACHA we know that because violence is contingent on power and control, there is an inherent relationship between ending sexual violence and ending all forms of violence. This includes violence against sex workers, trans folks, and women in our communities. We, alongside the community, have marched at TBTN in Hamilton for 42 years, not only to raise awareness about how unsafe streets are for so many in our communities, but to resist, to mobilize and to fight for spaces where we can be safer and thrive. We are powerful together but we need everyone in community to show up for each other and keep each other safe.
What happened last night is unacceptable and shows that so much work still needs to be done but we won’t stop until everyone is safe. We thank community members who showed up last night, spoken out against this terrible assault, and have checked in.
For those who need support or would like to process events that have occurred during TBTN, our crisis line is available at (905) 525‑4162
You are NOT alone.
We Believe Survivors.
Solidarity and Love from your friends at SACHA