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Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (RainLily)

5 Jul

What is Sexual Violence?
Sexual violence is an act of violence, in which most of the victims are women. Any kind of intended or planned offence by a person in terms of act, language or attitude with a sexual implication to another person’s body to such an extent that, irrespective of relationship or place, it causes the latter to have a feeling of fear, being threatened or insulted, constitutes an act of sexual violence.

Sexual violence is not merely a kind of sexual behavior, but an act of violent attack by means of sex so as to dominate others. The term does not only limit to rape and indecent assault, but also embraces any kind of sexual abuse without body contact that can still cause the victims to feel fear, being insulted and harmed (including sexual harassment).

rainlily 3Established on 8 March, 1997, the Association Concerning Sexual Violence Against Women (“The Association”) is a non-government charitable organization founded by a group of people who are concerned about women’s rights and gender equity, in particular sexual violence against women.

The Association endeavors to bring issues of sexual violence against women to the attention of both the government and the community. The Association also appeals to the government and the community to offer victims support to pursue their legitimate interests and restore their life with confidence and dignity.

Belief:
● Everyone should enjoy basic human rights and dignity and be free from any form of infringement or discrimination.
● Every woman should enjoy freedom and liberty of life.
● Every woman should be able to protect herself from any sexual assault.
● The government should be responsible for building a social environment with
gender equality, respect and non-violence.
● The community should address issues concerning women being threatened
and harmed by sexual violence, encourage victimized women to be brave, and
support them to restore their dignity, as well as to combat the occurrence of
any crime of sexual violence.

Mission:
● To arouse the public concern about sexual violence;
● To advocate formulating a complete set of policies against sexual-violence; and
● To offer support services to women suffering from sexual violence and help them restore their dignity and
self-confidence.

rainlily 2The Association set-up hotline service in its inception, and started to provide counseling service for victims in October 1998. In April 2000, the Association issued its Anti Sexual Violence Action Plan (反性暴力行動綱領) which stipulated the Association’s recommendation and proposals. To promote community concern, the Association has also been running a series of educational campaigns, exhibitions, seminars and workshops in various communities such as primary and secondary school, social organizations and professional bodies, conducted numerous researches and publishes a Chinese newsletter “Combating Sexual Violence” (反擊).

With support from the Jockey Club Charitable Fund, in November 2000, the Association set up RainLily, Hong Kong’s first one-stop crisis center for female victims of sexual violence. Now supported by the Community Chest, RainLily continues to offer the victimized women a one-stop service around the clock, included pregnancy prevention, screening and prevention of sexually transmitted diseases, forensic medical examination, psychological support and reporting to the police.

The Association, sponsored by the Community Chest, inaugurated the Anti 480 – Anti Sexual Violence Resource Centre on 22 July 2006. The Centre serves as a platform for the Association’s educational and advocacy efforts, and also provides resources for community education.

How you can help
volunteer-1024x493Volunteers are an important cog in the wheel to support victims of sexual violence as well as to promote anti-sexual violence/gender equality education. At the same time, Volunteers are indispensable working partners of ACSVAW.

Through training courses and the experience of actual participation in the project, volunteers obtain a wealth of knowledge of sexual violence and gender equality. Volunteers make a determined effort to learn and apply the skills and knowledge acquired.

For more information about volunteer opportunities, please get in touch ACSVAW directly by visiting their website.

Student internships also available. For enquiries please contact ACSVAW at 2392 2569 or via email acsvaw@rainlily.org.hk.

Harmony House

14 May

harmony house 2Harmony House is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing preventive, remedial and developmental programs and services for individuals, families and communities affected by, or at risk of domestic violence.

Since their establishment in 1985 as the first shelter for abused women and their children in Hong Kong, they have developed into a one-stop anti-domestic violence service agency, with 2 additional service centres located in Kwun Tong and Kwai Tsing.

On top of their women, men and children hotline, they also provide counselling and therapeutic services for victims, batterers and children witnessing domestic violence through case and group interventions.

They reach out to identify at risk families via screening and provide follow-up support. At the community level, they offer school-based educational programs on emotions and dating violence prevention.

Community education programs and parenting skills training are also provided to the public to promote harmonious and healthy family relations.

They provide training to multi-disciplinary professionals and advocate for policies and legislations on behalf of victims of violence, their families and communities.

*Harmony House serves all ethnic groups and people of difference sexual orientations, religions, or other backgrounds

Harmony-House-lideHow you can help: As a volunteer, you can be part of one of the most proactively altruistic organisations in the city. For more information on volunteering, please visit their website.