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Grounding in Troubled Times

Published on 2020 05 21 | by Carissa Ropponen | in Healing

Sexual assault is a power-based crime where a survivor’s autonomy and control over their body is violated. Here at the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, we work to equip survivors with tools to reconnect with themselves, rebuild their sense of bodily autonomy, and heal from sexualized violence. In this video, Shadi, a counsellor at the Victoria […]

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Community and Self Care for Survivors

Published on 2020 05 05 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

Learning how to care for ourselves and each other during the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that are safe is a challenge that all of us are experiencing. For those of us on healing paths or experiencing new hardship, this self and community care is crucial. Watch our video with VSAC counsellor Shadi and Inclusion Coordinator […]

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GivingTuesdayNow

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Published on | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

GivingTuesdayNow, a global day of giving in response to the need caused by COVID-19, is a chance for us to come together to demonstrate the power of community care. Today we invite you to connect survivors to healing through your generosity. Sexual assault is an isolating experience that disconnects survivors from a sense of stability […]

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Supporting Survivors Fireside Chat – Part Three

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Published on 2020 05 04 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

Over the last two weeks, we’ve shared a series of fireside chat videos about our work and how we are addressing the challenges of COVID-19. This week we share the third and last part of a conversation with staff members Elijah, Shannon, and Karen. In this video, we explore how people can provide support to […]

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Supporting Survivors Fireside Chat – Part Two

Published on 2020 04 27 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

Last week we shared our first in a series of fireside chat videos about our work and how we are addressing the challenges of COVID-19. This week we share video two. The pandemic affects us all but has additional impacts on the health and safety of survivors. Watch Part Two of our Fireside Chat Series with […]

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Supporting Survivors Fireside Chat – Part One

Published on 2020 04 20 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

Sexual assault is an isolating experience that disconnects survivors from a sense of stability and wellness. At VSAC we know that healing is about connection: to ourselves, our inner-strength and resiliency, and to each other. During the last month of isolation and physical distancing, the importance of social connection has been amplified for us all. […]

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Response to COVID-19

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Published on 2020 03 17 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

I’m writing to inform you about the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre’s response to COVID-19. Our commitment to our clients, colleagues, and communities that we serve is of the highest priority to VSAC. We have determined that the most socially responsible and preventative action to COVID-19 is to move operations and staff to remote status where […]

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Announcing VSAC’s New Executive Director

Published on 2020 02 24 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre (VSAC) is pleased to announce that Elijah Zimmerman has been hired as its new executive director. Zimmerman replaces Jane Sterk, former leader at Cowichan Women Against Violence, who acted as interim executive director over the past year.  Zimmerman, a former professor of communication studies at Waterloo University, brings more than […]

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Statement of Solidarity with Wet’suwet’en

Published on 2020 02 20 | by Carissa Ropponen | in Consent, News

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre is deeply concerned about the actions of the governments of B.C. and Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and Coastal GasLink Pipeline in the use of force in the Wet’suwet’en territories. We are appalled at the violent treatment and arrest of Indigenous matriarchs for defending their territory and protecting the […]

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Holiday Raffle

Published on 2019 12 20 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

The Third Annual VIHA Emergency Room Christmas Raffle is just around the corner! Community members, Jodi & Laureen Bali and Kelly Branchi, are once again hosting a Holiday Raffle in support of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre’s Clinic Program. The Clinic is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, […]

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