Brantford Community Input/Testimonials
Advocates for a Student Culture of Consent (ASCC—pronounced “ask”) is a grassroots, intersectional feminist, activist collective that is passionate about ending sexual and gendered violence. ASCC is an LSPIRG community research and action group. Many folks involved in our collective are survivors of sexual and gendered violence. We value their lived experiences and are grateful for their guidance in this work. As a collective, ASCC is sex-positive, body-positive, pro-choice, and we support sex workers. We are allies and members of queer and trans communities. We stand against all forms of oppression, including racism, colonialism, sexism, cissexism, queerphobia and transphobia, ableism and classism.
Since 2017, ASCC has been working on creating a comprehensive health guide on sexual and reproductive healthcare services in Brantford. We believe that members of these communities deserve to know how to access sexual and reproductive healthcare in an informed way, to know what kinds of services they can expect to receive.
Our objective is to develop a comprehensive health guide to share information, informed by research and lived experience, about accessing local sexual and reproductive healthcare.
Thanks to a grant from Freedonia, we will create a print and digital resource that will focus on sexual and reproductive health access for survivors of gendered and sexual violence, queer and trans folks, and for those seeking reproductive care such as abortion and birth control.
The purpose of this community survey is to hear from service users like you! In order for this health guide project to be truly comprehensive, we want to include anonymous testimonials from community members about their experiences accessing different healthcare services in Brantford.
As a reminder, we are especially focusing on the experiences of queer and trans folks, survivors of sexual violence, and for those seeking reproductive care. For this reason, some of our questions invite you to self-identify with the above groups but it is not necessary to do so.
This survey is completely anonymous so we will not ask you to share any identifying information. You are not required to answer every question. Feel free to respond to the ones you're comfortable answering. Yes or no answers are accepted. The short answer option is provided in case you wish to elaborate.
Finally, all information collected from this survey will be reviewed and potentially included in the printed and digital copies of the health guide as anonymous quotes with your consent. These quotes will be presented as testimonials so that individuals who are looking to access different healthcare services can get additional insight from first-hand experiences.
If you feel upset or triggered when completing this survey, feel free to contact any of the below 24/7 crisis lines for free and confidential support:
Canada Trans Lifeline: 1-877-330-6366
LGBTQ2S+ Youthline: 1-800-268-9688 / in Toronto area: 416-962-9688 / Text: 647-694-4275
Talk 4 Healing (a culturally grounded helpline for Indigenous women in Ontario): 1-855-554-HEAL (4325)
Sexual Assault Centre of Brant Crisis Line: 519-751-3471
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre Crisis Line: 416-597-8808
Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Crisis Line: 519-741-8633
Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton Crisis Line: 905-525-4162
If you have any questions or would like more information about this project, contact us by email at
What is your gender identity or expression?
Do you identify as part of the Two-Spirit (Indigenous), Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Queer + (2SLGBTQ+) community?
Do you identify as a survivor of gendered or sexual violence?
Do you identify as Black, Indigenous, or person of colour (BIPOC)?
Do you identify as a person with a disability?
Please describe your experiences accessing any of the services you have used among the ones that are listed below:
Guiding Questions to think about (no need to answer every question):
- If you're comfortable, could you please share which specific service(s) were you accessing (i.e. STI testing, pregnancy options, general checkup, sexual assault support, etc)?
- When did you access/attempt to access this service?
- Were they sensitive to your needs? Did you feel that you were in a safe and non-judgemental environment?
- Did you experience any form of discrimination?
- Did they ask for and/or respect your pronouns?
- Was the space physically accessible? Were you able to get there and move around the space easily?
- Did you feel that overall you were treated well by service providers?
- Did they keep your information confidential?
- How long did you have to wait to access the service(s)?
- Was there a particular department or staff member you interacted with who contributed to your experience accessing the organization (positive or negative)?
- Would you recommend this organization to a friend?
The AIDS Network
Brant County Health Unit (BCHU) Sexual Health Clinic
Brant Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centre
Brantford General Hospital Women’s Clinic (abortion clinic)
Grand River Community Health Centre
Pregnancy Resource Centre
Sexual Assault Centre of Brant
WLU Wellness centre
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