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MISSION STATEMENT:

We are a feminist organization dedicated to positively affecting societal attitudes in order to end sexual violence, by offering a creative range of services.

We recognize that sexual violence is a community issue - not solely a women's issue - and therefore strive to develop a strong community response.

We honour the experience of survivors, and include their voice in the creation of services. 

JOB OPPORTUNITY

MUSKOKA PARRY SOUND SEXUAL ASSAULT SERVICES is seeking an Area Coordinator for our Parry Sound office. The position is full time (35 hours) with a competitive benefit package, and involves public education, community development and crisis counselling regarding sexual assault. Knowledge of issues related to violence against women, ability to work independently in a supportive team environment and a valid driver’s license/reliable vehicle are essential. Knowledge of Aboriginal culture and trauma informed perspective are an asset. A combination of university degree or college diploma and experience in a related field are required. For more information, see the job description on our website www.daphnewymn.com. Send your CV to Lauren Power, Executive Director at lauren@daphnewymn.com. Closing date is April 4, 2014.


Sexual assault is any form of sexual contact with another person, without her/his voluntary consent (e.g., kissing, sexual touching, oral sex, and/or vaginal or anal intercourse). Sexual assault is not about a loss of control over sexual urges - it is an act of power and control.

Many people mistakenly think that:

* rape (forced sexual intercourse) is the only type of sexual assault;

* a violent attack is always part of a sexual assault; and/or,

* injuries result in every instance of sexual assault.

In some cases, however, no physical violence is used, and no injuries occur. Someone may, instead, be pressured or threatened into participating in a sexual act that s/he doesn't want to do.

Sexual assault in any form, though, is against the law.

Sources: Criminal Code of Canada (2008) and Ontario Women's Directorate (2007) 

 

For information about the following, click on the EVENTS tab above:

Esprit Place Family Resource Centre is hosting an "International Women's Day" Celebration on Thursday March 6, 2014 (11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.) at The Country Gourmet Cafe in Parry Sound. Please refer to the event poster for further details.

Muskoka D.A.R.T. is presenting its annual conference on March 20 and 21, 2014 at the Sherwood Inn in Port Carling. Please note that registration is required.


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Muskoka/Parry Sound Coordinated Sexual Assault Services celebrated it's 20th year of operation in 2013. To find out more information about our agency's activities since its beginnings in 1993, please take a look at our HERSTORY document.
                         

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In March 2013, the Canadian Women's Foundation published a detailed fact sheet (Moving Women Out of Violence) to address commonly-asked questions on violence against women. The fact sheet can be found at:

www.canadianwomen.org/sites/canadianwomen.org/files/imports/PDF-FactSheet-StopViolence-March2013.pdf

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Call the Women's Sexual Assault Help Line for confidential support:
1-800-461-2929
In an Ontario study, 8-in-10 Aboriginal women experienced violence in their relationships. Of these women, 87% were physically injured, and 57% were sexually assaulted. (Ontario Native Women’s Association, 1989)
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