Sexual Assault Support Services

778-489-0508

sass@safesociety.ca

24 hour emergency access 250-832-9616

Sexual Assault Support Services provides specialized supports to adult, youth, and childhood victims/survivors that have experienced sexual assault and/or sexual abuse.

This specialized service is an extension of the Community Based Victims Services program. This support service is available to anyone who may or may not be engaged with other systems and will explain and support you with your options.

Supportive services are available throughout the Shuswap including communities of Salmon Arm, North/South Shuswap, Sorrento, Sicamous, Malakwa, and Enderby. The program provides support to all gender identities. We are sex worker rights positive. We can assist with unique needs of LGBTQ2SI+, persons living with disabilities, Indigenous people, and new Canadians.

Free, safe, and non-judgemental support services are provided based on your individual needs.

SERVICES INCLUDE

  • Ongoing emotional support for anyone impacted by sexual violence
  • Afterhours crisis accompaniment to police, hospital, and/or Transition House by a knowledgeable support person
  • Information on sexual assault, your reporting options, and resources available
  • For those who wish, accompaniment to medical appointments or at the hospital
  • For those who wish, accompaniment to RCMP to report a crime
  • Anonymous reporting option (Third-Party Reporting) for sexual assault
  • Justice system supports for sexual assault survivors/cases
    • Accompaniment to court, courthouse orientation, and assistance to request concessions to protect you at court
    • Assist with Victim Impact Statements and/or Crime Victim Assistance applications
    • Referrals for legal advice including low or no-cost options
  • Referrals to counselling and support programs
  • Safety planning and assistance with protective orders
  • Assistance to access practical supports like housing, transportation, food and more when possible and appropriate
  • Access to appropriate supports for child victims and supports for non-offending family members
  • Collaboration with other programs, with consent, for wrap-around care to support survivors
  • Education and prevention programs in the community You are not alone, and sexual assault is NEVER your fault.

Sexual Assault Support Services accepts self-referrals and referrals from community service providers. Please reach out by phone 778-489-0508 or email sass@safesociety.ca

For afterhours emergency support services call the SAFE Society Transition House at 250-832-9616 or request the hospital, police or other emergency services contact the program on your behalf.

Consent is an agreement between participants to engage in sexual activity. Consent should be clearly and freely communicated. When you’re engaging in sexual activity, consent is about communication. And it should happen every time for every type of activity. Consenting to one activity, one time, does not mean someone gives consent for other activities or for the same activity on other occasions.

You can withdraw consent at any point if you feel uncomfortable. One way to do this is to clearly communicate to your partner that you are no longer comfortable with this activity and wish to stop.

Consent cannot be given by individuals who are underage, intoxicated or incapacitated by drugs or alcohol, or asleep or unconscious. If someone agrees to an activity under pressure of intimidation or threat, that isn’t considered consent because it was not given freely. Unequal power dynamics, such as engaging in sexual activity with an employee or student, also mean that consent cannot be freely given

LEGAL AGE

A person who is under the age of sixteen cannot consent to sexual activity with another person who is five or more years older than them. A person who is under the age of fourteen years cannot consent to sexual activity with another person who is two or more years old than them. In any case, a person in authority cannot use consent as a defence of having sexual activity with a person under the age of sixteen.