We are a free and confidential service.Our counsellors are educated and trained to work together with you. We have made a commitment to the community to help survivors of sexual violence. We help women, men and children.
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SEXUAL ASSAULT INFORMATION
Who we can help?
If you are a child, adolescent or an adult, including males, and have been sexually violated whether recently or in the past.
What is sexual violence?
Sexual Violence is any form of sexual activity or sexual touching that was not consented to, unwanted, forced, or where tricks and/or bribes were used. Sexual Violence is a crime of violence committed against the will of the survivor where consent was not obtained. Consent is comprised of words or actions that show a knowing, active and voluntary agreement to engage in mutually agreed upon sexual activity.
The effects of sexual violence
Sexual violence is a disturbing invasion of the body, mind and spirit. It deeply affects a person’s health and well-being. There are a number of common reactions to describe this hurtful type of violence on a person. Each person reacts in their own way to sexual violence and these reactions are known as Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). How a survivor feels, and their reaction to what happened to them, is different for each person. There is no right or wrong way to cope or feel after sexual violence.
How can someone help?
Counselling is a conversation with a trained Social Worker, where you work together to deal with the effects of the trauma. You know best how the trauma has affected you, and the Social Worker knows what can help. Choosing to talk to a counsellor works when you feel that you need help. Counselling can help you:
Understand the trauma has impacted you
Understand your reactions and emotions
Recognize your strengths, self worth and value
The Counselors at SACC are all registered Social Workers who are trained especially to help survivors of sexual violence. Their experience and knowledge give them the tools to help. SACC is an open and friendly place where you can discuss your situation and your needs.