ACTION: Demand the City of Vancouver Restore Grant Funds to Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter (VRRWS)

Vancouver Rape Relief Needs Your Help

The Issue

Vancouver City Councilors have stripped funding from Canada’s oldest rape crisis center, the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter (VRRWS). Why? Because the center refuses to admit men who “identify as women” into the intimate spaces it provides for women who are recovering from rape trauma.

Transactivists, corporations, politicians and NGOs are using economic threat to force organizations that provide female-only safe-space to victims of rape, to include men in those safe-spaces, rendering those spaces useless.

Here is VRRWS’s own statement on the matter.

What You Can Do

Email and/or Tweet the politicians listed below to demand they restore the grant funds. These funds are necessary to help rape survivors (scripts below).

Donate to VRRWS.

Note to subscribers: You will get some email kickbacks. Don’t let it discourage you, it’s to be expected!

Email Script

Dear City Councilors,

You are harming the women survivors of rape in your city by stripping grant funding from the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter (VRRWS). The Vancouver Women’s Shelter is Canada’s oldest rape relief center and now the only one in Canada which provides women-only safe space. And it does so legally. Yet, you are joining with the trend of transactivists, corporations, politicians and NGOs to use economic threat to force VRRWS to include men in its women-only safe-space.

The trauma experienced by survivors of rape, the vast, vast majority of whom are women, needs no explanation. Nor is it a secret that it is men who are committing these rapes. To allow male-bodied individuals into women’s rape relief centers renders those spaces useless for traumatized women who have been raped by men; it makes the space psychologically threatening and physically unsafe.

Women established these safe houses to keep traumatized women safe from male-bodied individuals–men. So why are you using economic coercion to possibly destroy the last female-only intimate space remaining in Canada?

Here is VRRWS’s own statement on the matter.

Do the right thing, the compassionate thing–include the safety needs of women. Restore the grant funds to the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter.

Sincerely,
[YOUR NAME]

Twitter Script

Restore grant funds to the Vancouver Rape Relief and Women’s Shelter. To pull the grant harms women!

Targets

Email:

CLRbligh@vancouver.ca, CLRboyle@vancouver.ca, CLRcarr@vancouver.ca, CLRdegenova@vancouver.ca, CLRdominato@vancouver.ca, CLRfry@vancouver.ca, CLRhardwick@vancouver.ca, CLRkirby-yung@vancouver.ca, CLRswanson@vancouver.ca, CLRwiebe@vancouver.ca, contact@straight.com, hmunro@postmedia.com, sunletters@vancouversun.com, colivier@postmedia.com,  vantips@postmedia.com, gclark@postmedia.com, gcmediacheck@gmail.com, info@rapereliefshelter.bc.ca

CC American media:

WebEditors@newsweek.com, Letters@newsweek.com, letters@time.com, lettersbwol@businessweek.com, letters@washingtontimes.com, gpierce@washingtontimes.com, jmccaslin@washingtontimes.com, dkeil@bloomberg.net,  thunt@ap.org, traum@ap.org, info@ap.org, pr@ap.org, cochs@ap.org, pressreleases@upi.com, tips@upi.com

Tweet:

@VanRapeRelief
@CityofVancouver

City Councilors:

@MelissaDeGenova
@AdrianeCarr
@PtFry
@christineeboyle
@DonBellNorthVan
@councillorwiebe
@sarahkirby_yung
@george_affleck (former councilor but still powerful behind the scenes)
@ellenwoodsworth (former councilor BUT founder of “women transform cities” 

Also Vancouver media:

@VancouverSun
@vanmag_com
@BIVnews
@vancouvernews
@VIawesome
@VanCourierNews
@CTVVancouver
@CityNewsVAN
@MeetVancouver