Project: When sexual violence discriminates! 

When sexual violence discriminates! is a 2018-2019 project from the West Island CALACS on the issue of sexual assault with racialized and immigrant women. In order to create awareness and an understanding about their realities, this project is rooted in the feminist intersectional approach.

The immigration status, race, social class, disabilities, sexual orientation, to name a few, influence a person's experience. Dependent on our social identities, we can experience privilege or inequality and exclusion. Oppressions exist in society for example, in laws, in politics, in institutions, in social interactions as well as in language. For example, hypersexualization, the stigmatization of a marginalized community, and the inequalities in the justice system have detrimental effects on these women in when they reveal their sexual assault.

In addition, our objective is to pay more attention to the accessibility of services related to an immigration status. Many individuals are unaware of how immigration statuses such as refugee, asylum-seeker or non-status, affect the accessibility to certain social services. The lack of knowledge regrading laws and services offered hinders a woman when she seeks support, shelter, help, advice and so on.


Video: When sexual violence discriminates!

The video capsule When sexual violence discriminates! aims to raise awareness about the problem of sexual assault among racialized and immigrant women. Their realities and obstacles often go unnoticed. Thus, this artistic video capsule in the form of poems and spoken word features 6 women of the diversity. In this video, they use their voices and echo the experiences of racialized and immigrant women. Click on the link below to view the video.

Video capsule When sexual violence discriminates!


Rights, recourses and resources for immigrant women (leaflet and information capsule)

In addition to creating an awareness video, we also wanted to create a useful guide for women with different immigration statuses. Some of them do not know who to contact or where to go when they experience a sexual assault. These questions are due to the lack of knowledge regrading laws and services offered. For example, asylum seekers, refugees or non-status women may wonder about the costs of the medicolegal kit, filing of a claim for compensation, or the identification required for counselling services in a CALACS.

Thus, for When Sexual Violence Discriminates!, we created a leaflet on the rights, the recourses and the resources for immigrant women. Inside this guide, there is a list of rights and services related to sexual assault according to a woman’s immigration status as well as a list of resources. This guide is as useful for immigrant women as it is for social workers. Click on the links below to view and/or print our brochure.

In addition, we created an informative video capsule that summarizes some key elements of the leaflet. As a result, we have illustrated the health-care services, the aid services, the access to justice and the claim for compensation. Click the links below to view the video.


Press release (available in French only)

Download: Rights and recourses pamphlet (EN / FR) Available soon!

Lancement du mouvement #EtMaintenantJ'agis

Par le CALACS de l'Ouest de l'Île
Communiqué de presse
Vendredi le 14 septembre 2018
Sous embargo jusqu'au 17 septembre 2018

Dans le cadre de la 37e Journée d'Action Contre la Violence Sexuelle Faite aux Femmes (JACVSFF), le CALACS de l'Ouest de l'Île, un organisme féministe à but non lucratif qui lutte pour contrer les agressions à caractère sexuel, lance un mouvement social portant le nom #EtMaintenantJ'agis, qui fait suite au mouvement #MeToo qui a marqué l'année 2017-2018. Cette année, la JACVSFF a comme thème le rôle des témoins actifs dans la violence sexuelle.

Pour inciter la communauté à agir face à cette problématique, le CALACS de l'Ouest de l'Île a produit cinq bandes dessinées démontrant diverses mises en situation où un témoin agit pour faire cesser l'agression sexuelle. Celles-ci seront présentées la semaine suivant la JACVSFF sur les réseaux sociaux, soit du 17 septembre au 21 septembre 2018, et seront accompagnées du slogan #EtMaintenantJ'agis.

Visualisez les bandes dessinées ici.

​​Centre d'aide et de lutte contre

les agressions à caractère sexuel

 Why use the intersectional approach in this context?

  • To challenge the status quo,

  • To identify practices that correspond to cycles of discrimination,

  • To improve understanding of the human experience,

  • To encourage inclusion.

 We need to talk about racialized and immigrant women because there is…

  • an erasure of certain realities,

  • a lack of studies about these women in Canada,

  • a misunderstanding about their issues and obstacles,

  • a need to demystify our myths, stereotypes and preconceived notions.

To learn more about the intersectional approach, you can consult an informational document here