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Published on 2018 10 31 | by Jaq and Lane, Trans Inclusion Team at VSAC | in Trans Inclusion

Content Note: Violence, Anti-Semitism, Colonization, Trans erasure, Racism, Xenophobia Hello Tender Hearts, We wanted to write a note amidst many exhausting, devastating, and overwhelming things that have happened this last week. Gender-based violence and sexualized violence do not operate in a vacuum—namely, these experiences are impacted and perpetuated by other systems of oppression and acts […]

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Buy Chocolate, Support Survivors!

Published on 2018 10 25 | by Carissa Ropponen | in Events, News

Its time to get your holiday treats! The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is fundraising with Purdy’s Chocolatier just in time for the holidays. Get chocolates for friends, family, co-workers and yourself (you deserve it!) while giving survivors the gift of healing: 25% of your purchase will directly support services for survivors. Now that’s a sweet […]

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VSAC is hiring!

Join us and keep your career moving at VSAC.

Published on 2018 08 31 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is hiring a new Executive Director. After 10 years of leading VSAC, our Executive Director Makenna Rielly is moving on to other ventures. She’ll be staying on as the Executive Director until September 30, 2018. During the transition between Executive Directors, Makenna will be offering part-time support to an interim […]

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Crisis Support at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre

Published on 2018 07 17 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

How can you access crisis support at VSAC? For many people, the initial point of contact with our centre will be our Access Line.  The Access worker will help you determine, by phone or email contact, which of our services best fit your current needs.  Generally, if a person has experienced any form of sexualized violence […]

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VSAC Statement on the Death of Krista Carle

Picture of a sandy ocean shore with rolling clouds on the horizon. Script reads Our Deepest Condolences.

Published on 2018 07 16 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

It is with heavy hearts that the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre received the news of Krista Carle’s death, former RCMP Constable. We extend our deepest condolences to Krista’s family, loved ones, and to her RCMP colleagues who, with her, shone a light on the RCMP’s culture of sexual harassment and gender-based violence. Her courage to […]

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Victims and Survivors of Crime Week: Part Four

Published on 2018 05 23 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

How can I support a survivor in my life? Choosing to share your experience of sexualized violence is an individual choice, and for many, it can be an important step in their path towards healing and justice. There is no one right way to heal. Only a survivor can know what is best for them. […]

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Great Canadian Giving Challenge 2018

Published on | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

Help the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre win $10,000! June is the Great Canadian Giving Challenge. Every dollar donated to VSAC in June enters us into a draw to win $10,000! How it works… Every $1 donated to VSAC through our CanadaHelps donation page,  during the month of June, is an automatic entry for us to win $10,000(minimum $3 […]

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Victims and Survivors of Crime Week: Part One

Published on | by Carissa Ropponen | in clinic

Have you wondered what VSAC’s services are like? In this 4 part blog series for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week we explore services that VSAC provides to survivors of sexual assault.  Victoria Sexual Assault Clinic Timely, compassionate care when it’s needed most. It’s just after seven in the evening when the pager goes off. […]

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Victims and Survivors of Crime Week: Part Two

Published on | by Carissa Ropponen | in Counselling

Have you wondered what VSAC’s services are like? In this 4 part blog series for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week we explore services that VSAC provides to survivors of sexual assault.  Support Groups Courage, empowerment, hard work, and sometimes laughter. These are the words that VSAC Counselor, Shadi, uses to describe Victoria Sexual Assault […]

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Victims and Survivors of Crime Week: Part Three

Published on | by Carissa Ropponen | in Healing

Have you wondered what VSAC’s services are like? In this 4 part blog series for Victims and Survivors of Crime Week we explore services that VSAC provides to survivors of sexual assault.  Victim Services A ‘Q&A’ Interview with our very own Victim Services Support Worker, Shannon Weinkauf   Q: What brought you to this work? […]

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