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Don’t Miss The Opening Exhibition On December 11th Of “But Still, Like Dust, I’ll Rise”, By The #GardinerExpressiveArts Group

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BUT STILL, LIKE DUST, I’LL RISE

An exhibition by the Gardiner Expressive Arts group

Friday December 12 – Wednesday December 17, 2014
Gardiner Museum
111 Queens Park

OPENING RECEPTION
December 11, 2014
6:30 – 8:30 PM


 The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic and the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art are collaborating to raise awareness about violence against women as a critical community issue.  Together they invited a group of women who have experienced violence to participate in an expressive arts project where women create sculptures and install an art exhibition.

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Article: Will The Ghomeshi Case Have A Posititve Impact On The Law Enforcement System For Survivors Of Sexual Assault? Amanda Dale, Schlifer Clinic ED, Comments

Advocates For Sexual Assault Victims Encouraged By Ghomeshi Charges

By:  Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press

Published: November 27, 2014

“Amanda Dale, executive director of the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic which supports women survivors of violence, says the legal deck is stacked in favour of the defendants in sexual assault cases.

The women who file complaints may approach police as victims of a crime, but are treated as mere witnesses to one once a trial gets under way.

Dale said defence lawyers typically make their cases by attacking the victim’s credibility, adding this approach is unique to sex-based charges.

“If I report a break-in at my house, they don’t ask me if my curtains were left open, if my stereo was too close to the window, if I enjoyed having my house broken into,” she said.

“That is how we approach the crime of sexual assault, and I cannot see…that anything is going to have changed by the time this comes to trial.”

Ellis concedes that it’s hard to obtain a sexual assault conviction, since defendants only need to establish reasonable doubt to walk free.

But she says any case that comes to trial should be viewed as a step forward and a chance to deepen public awareness around a complex subject.

Dale agrees, but hopes the high-profile nature of the Ghomeshi case won’t detract from the broader issues.

“It behooves us to look at the particularities of this scenario, learn from them, but not limit our learning to the facts of these particular cases.””

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Toronto Star Article: Catherine Porter Asks Amanda Dale, Schlifer Clinic ED, and Other #VAW Advocates For Concrete Ideas Of How We Can Better Support Survivors Of Sexual Assault

Toronto Star Article: Enlightenment Is Pointless If It Doesn’t Lead To Change: Porter

By: Catherine Porter

Published: Fri Nov 07 2014

“I talked to a dozen experts on sexual assault and women’s rights this past week — victims, counsellors, lawyers, researchers, activists. All of them said we are witnessing a “pivotal moment” when transformational change is possible….I asked each of the experts I called this week for some concrete ideas. Here’s a few they offered:

Beef up our supports for sexual assault victims. Here’s a second example: the Barbra Schlifer Clinic is the only legal clinic specializing in violence against women in the country. Its core funding has not changed for a decade, according to executive director Amanda Dale. The waiting list for counselling there is about four months long.”

On OW and looking for administrative work? Join the Schlifer Team!

(This position is part of the Investing in Neighbourhoods Program of the City of Toronto, eligible candidates must be in receipt of Ontario Works.)

If you are an administrative professional who wants to engage in a self-reflective, ethical & collaborative practice that is non-judgmental, empathic and reflects the vision and mission statements of the Clinic, we have a new opportunity for you to join our team!

A 1-year, part-time Counselling Department Administrative Assistant contract position is currently available at the Clinic. Read More »

WINTER 2015 – Arpilleristas: A Group in Spanish for Latina Women

Hilos Resilientes – Resilient Threads

arpilleraflyer-page-001arpilleraflyerSPANISH-page-001During the dictatorship of Pinochet, women in Chile stitched their stories of oppression and resistance into tapestries called arpilleras.

Do you identify as Latina? Do you feel ready to share your experiences of trauma with other women in a supportive environment? Come join with other women and create a storycloth or arpillera using fabric, embroidery, crocheting and applique on burlap. By tapping into your creativity, you will feel more confident, discover newly acquired coping strategies and/or build upon coping strategies you already knew you had. Previous group experienced is required.

For more information and/or to register for a pre-group assessment, please email c.gana@schliferclinic.com or call 416-323-9149 ext. 277. Tokens are available for those in need. ASL and Deaf interpretation is offered but must be booked well in advance.

Dates: February 5 to April 23, 2015
Days: Thursdays
Time: 2 pm – 4 pm 
Location: 489 College Street, 5th Floor, Toronto

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If Passed, The “Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices” Act Will Pose Another Institutional Barrier To Marginalized Communities Reporting Violence and Receiving Support

With the recent media coverage of #Jiangate, the question “how can we better support survivors of violence?” is being posed. If passed, the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act, introduced on November 5, 2014, will serve as another example of institutional barriers to marginalized communities reporting violence and having access to support. It will serve as another example of how our government is failing to listen to survivors and targeting racialized communities for exclusion and deportation from Canada.

 The Act would amend the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), the Civil Marriage Act and the Criminal Code, proposing to criminalize forced marriage and to bar migrants who practice polygamy (or that are suspected may practice polygamy in the future) from entering Canada and potentially remove permanent residents already in Canada who practice polygamy. The Schlifer Clinic has grave concerns about the Act, which would result in the exclusion, deportation and criminalization of families (or of women themselves), which only serves to further harm women experiencing violence:

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