Behind one patch’s story in Ottawa’s Rape Crisis Centre’s quilt
I hear you, emblazoned on a patch in a large quilt, has a multitude of meanings.
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Ottawa’s Rape Crisis Centre is asking the community to contribute patches to their quilt sending messages to those affected by sexual assault.
Samantha Peters, a third-year University of Ottawa law student, is contributing a patch with a strong message.
“I wanted to write ‘I hear you,’ and I also wanted to use different colours,” said Peters. “I’m using different colours to get the point across that different people are impacted; Indigenous communities, black communities, queer communities, rich people, judges. It impacts so many diverse people.”
Peters said that members of every community are also often doubted when they report being sexually assaulted, which is why she thinks the quilt is so important.
“I think it’s so important to change the rhetoric,” said Peters. “I think it’s really important to shape the conversation and talk about the future. So that we can change the conversation for years to follow.”
Peters thinks wants the conversation to focus on education about sexual assault, as well as giving those impacted by it a safe community to turn to for support.
“I think that it’s personal. I have family and friends who were affected by sexual violence,” said Peters. “I’m incredibly connected to this issue, which is why I wanted to be part of it.”