If you are a child, adolescent or an adult and have been sexually violated whether recently or in the past, WE CAN HELP.
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 a mutually agreed-upon sexual activity.
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.
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 Counsellors 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.
- 24 hour Crisis Line
- Face to Face Counselling
- Group Counselling
- Peer Support
Privacy and Confidentiality Policy
Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County (referred to as “SACC” in this document) protects and respects the confidentiality of all information entrusted to it, except as permitted or required by law.
The following is considered confidential information:
- All information in any form relating to any individuals who utilize any of the services offered by SACC (referred to as “clients” in this document);
- All contracts;
- All human resources files and proceedings;
- All financial information, status, and statements;
- All information or documentation labelled “confidential” by SACC, or listed as such by separate memorandum, or e-mail that advises confidential status;
- All information pertaining to SACC’s donors or members.
A full copy of our Confidentiality Contract may be accessed by contacting the Access and Privacy officer at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone or by coming in to the office.