Human Rights & Equity Services in collaboration with Anti-Violence Network presents:

“Women with DisAbilities’ Experiences of Violence and its Prevention on University and College Campuses”

Speaker: Terri-Lynn Langdon, MSW, RSW, (Thrive Counselling)

Date: Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Time: 12 noon – 1:30 PM

Location: room 201, Institute of Applied Health Science, McMaster University Campus, Hamilton Ontario Canada

This presentation discusses the findings of a qualitative mixed methods research project which was funded by Springtide Resources. It will explore how anti-violence measures on campuses can have a more critical lens for disAbled bodies as well as other interlocking identities. Principles of the self-reflective researcher and the usefulness of anti-oppressive practices and approaches will also be explored.

The venue is wheelchair accessible. For additional accessibility requirements please email or call 905-525-9140 ext. 24644

Twenty-two years ago today, a gunman entered a university in Montreal and killed 14 women – simply because they were women.
During this same 20 years, over 700 Aboriginal women and girls have gone missing or been murdered across Canada.

 In Canada there are approximately 1,900,000 women aged 15 and over who have
disabilities. It is estimated that approximately 40% of these women with disabilities will
be assaulted, sexually assaulted or abused throughout their lifetime.
 Depending on whether they reside within an institutional or community setting, women
with disabilities are 1.5 to 10 times more likely to be victimized than women who are not

Approximately 83% of women with disabilities will be sexually abused in their lifetime.
 The rate of sexual abuse of girls with disabilities is four times greater than the national
average.  Approximately 40% to 70% of girls with intellectual disabilities will be sexually victimized before the age of 18.
 It is estimated that only 20% of cases of sexual abuse perpetrated against women with
disabilities are ever reported to the police, community service agencies, or other

 Women with disabilities most frequently experience victimization from an intimate
partner or spouse, family member or caregiver.

 Women with disabilities are often more vulnerable to abuse than women without
disabilities for the following reasons: 

  •  Dependence upon a caregiver;
  •  Lack of access to support services;
  •  Due to mobility, cognitive or communication impairments unable flee or call for aid;
  •  Low self-esteem stemming from societal myth and social attitudes.

But let us also remember there is hope…

For more information Please check out the Disabled Woman’s Network Ontario and the White Ribbon Campaign

What: A project exploring experiences of violence and violence prevention on
university and college campuses in Canada.

Who: Women ages 18-29 who have attended a Canadian University or College
program within the last 5 years AND who self-identify as:
* Having a disability (physical/intellectual disabilities/sensory
* Persons with mental health histories or have experienced the mental
health system
* Deaf or hard of hearing
Women who are interested are asked to attend one of the focus groups
throughout the city (see below):

Monday, July 25, 2011
Springtide Resources
215 Spadina, Suite 220, Toronto, 6-8pm

Wednesday, July 27, 2011
The Centre for Women and Trans People at York University Student Centre,
Room 322, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, 6-8pm

Tuesday, August 2, 2011
The 519 Community Centre
519 Church Street, Meeting Room 204, Toronto, 6-8pm

Wednesday, August, 3, 2011
Scarborough Women’s Centre
2100 Ellesmere Road, Suite 245, Scarborough
Boardroom: 4-6pm

Friday, August 5, 2011
Springtide Resources
215 Spadina, Suite 220, Toronto, 2-4pm

A diverse group of women with DisAbilities who feel comfortable sharing  their experiences of violence and violence prevention on university or college are encouraged to participate.
Every effort will be made to meet the diverse needs of sister participants including disability accommodation, interpreter services, dietary and cultural considerations. All equity seeking groups will be valued in this work.