Research and Information


Work by Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)

“I’m Not That Kind of Girl”: 

White Femininity, the Other and the Legal/Social Sanctioning of Sexual Violence Against Racialized Women

Published in Canadian Woman Studies/Les cahiers de la femme (


Constructs of female vulnerability and sexual inaccessibility readily collude with normative cultural versions of White, heterosexual femininity.  These versions of femininity are highly valued by North American culture.  Female survivors of sexual violence who embody these qualities are moresuccessfully protected in justice systems. This paper will critically examine the relationship between socially-constructed hegemonic (White) femininity, Other-identified (racialized) femininities, and the legally conceptualized “non-victim” that this dynamic creates of racialized women who have been raped. 


Did you think I'd lay down and die? Oh no not I”: From Survivors’ Stories to Feminist Organizing − The Continuum of Psychiatric Resistance in the Anti-Rape Movement

Presented at the 2010 PsychOUT! Conference in Toronto, Ontario


Statistics reveal that two of three Canadian women have experienced sexual violence. Yet despite the social context operant in sexual violence medically labelled “psychiatric problems” – for example, substance use, self-harm and anger − are regularly defined as pathological in women survivors of sexual violence.  This essay will identify how contemporary medical understandings of female survivors of sexual violence reproduce historic notions of the "hysterical" female -- and offer strategies for resisting these negative constructs. 



The Learning Network

The Learning Network is an initiative based at the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children.  It's purpose is to increase the effectiveness and reach of public education and professional training materials developed to address violence against women (VAW).

The Learning Network’s mandate is to cover the continuum of violence against women, including sexual and domestic violence, sexual harassment and stalking, and the effects of exposure to domestic violence on children. The Learning Network will function primarily in English and we will explore ways to share research, information and promising practices with the French Language Training Institute on Violence Against Women. The principles of diversity, equity and accessibility, as well as a strong gender analysis, are evident in all of our work.


Information, discussion topics and presenter notes from Ontario’s Public Education Forum on Sexual Violence

The Ontario Women’s Directorate, in partnership with OCRCC and L'Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes (AOcVF), held a public education forum in 2011 that would inform a future Ontario-wide public education campaign on sexual violence.  Participants at the forum brainstormed public education strategies and approaches on Campaigns about Consent, Campaigns that Support Women, Campaign that Involve Bystanders/Raise Awareness, Campaigns that Teach Boys and Men, and Campaigns on Human Trafficking.


The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC)

The Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) is a not-for-profit, community-based organization that works to prevent and end violence against diverse women, youth, and children.


Centre for Research & Education on Violence Women and Children

The Centre promotes the development of community-centred, action research on violence against women and children.  The Centre's role is to facilitate the cooperation of individuals, groups and institutions representing the diversity of the community to pursue research questions and training opportunities to understand and prevent abuse.


Springtide Resources

Springtide Resources promotes healthy and equal relationships by engaging diverse communities in shared educational strategies designed to prevent violence against women and the effect it has on children.  For more than 27 years, Springtide’s organization has been effectively providing training and resources to decrease the incidence of physical, psychological, emotional and sexual violence against women and the effect that woman abuse has on children. 

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