If you feel you need for support services or help, please reach out to us today – either by contacting our hotline, coming to our office or send us an email.
Here is the list of the free and confidential support services SASS is offering: 1.Crisis Lines: one in French and one in English, which operate 24 hours/7 days a week; 2.Accompaniment Services: to the police station, hospital, court, etc.; 3.Public Education and Prevention Programs: are offered in the community (groups, schools, agencies, workplaces, etc ); 4.Advocating Services: writing letters of support, helping to fill out required paperwork, etc.; 5.Counselling: offered one-on-one; 6.Informational/Support Groups for women and younger women on different topics; and 7.Referral in the community.
WHAT IS SEXUAL VIOLENCE?
Sexual violence and sexual assault is defined as any unwanted act of a sexual nature that is imposed on another person without her/his consent. Sexual assault is a crime of power, control and violence.
Examples of Sexual Violence:
Sexual Harassment at work
Childhood Sexual abuse
Statistics on Sexual Violence:
2 out of 3 women have been sexually assaulted. Rates of sexual assault experiences by young Canadian women, age 18 to 24, are over three times the national average
Approximately 60% of sexual assaults occur in private homes. The majority of them (38%) is in the victims home. Another common location is in the attackers car
only 1 in10 sexual assault are reported to the police. Those that are acquaintance rapes, only 1 in 100 is reported to the police.
83% of Canadian women fear walking to their cars in a public garage after dark alone. 75%fear waiting for using public transportation. 60% fear walking alone in their own area. 39% fear being at home alone
80% of First Nations women have been assaulted or abused
People with disabilities are 150% more likely to be sexually abused or assaulted, than people without disabilities.
If you have been sexually abused or assaulted, do not blame yourself. It is NEVER your fault.
We are here to help. If you have been, or think you have been sexual assaulted, Please call one our support services or counsellors today at 613 932-1775. We do not have a waiting list.