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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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Ways to Take Action Every Day

Published on 2019 12 10 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

Today marks the last day of the 16Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence. If you’ve been following our social media throughout the last 16 days, you’ll see we’ve been highlighting ways to take action on gender-based based violence. Now more than ever, in the age of #metoo, with survivors coming forward like never before, […]

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International Women Human Rights Defender Day: Honouring Local Organizations

Published on 2019 11 29 | by VSAC | in News

This is the 5th day of the 16 Days of Activism to End Gender-Based Violence and the International Women Human Rights Defender Day. Women Human Rights Defenders work to end gender-based violence, reduce stigma of marginalized people, and challenge the root causes of sexualized and racialized violence. Today, we want to honour some of the amazing […]

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Survivors Seeking Justice

Published on 2019 11 05 | by Carissa Ropponen | in News

Have you ever wondered about the support the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre can give to survivors who wish to access the criminal justice system? Shannon, one of our Victim Services Workers, and Carissa, our Resource Development Manager, sat down and talked about the services provided by our Victim Services Program. They also discussed what accessing […]

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Translated Materials for Survivors: Part 1

Published on 2019 05 28 | by Lane Foster | in Accessibility

An illustrated image of a person of colour holding up and looking fondly at a mug with a heart hovering above them, with text reading, “love is… providing first generation students advice, support and resources.” Art by @psychobrigade  The Power of Collaboration Increasingly, people are talking about sexualized violence and are recognizing the need to […]

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Translated Materials for Survivors: Part 2

Published on 2019 05 23 | by Lane Foster | in Accessibility, clinic, Counselling

An image of a stack of books with the word survivor in Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic, French and English. International and Newcomer Survivors, we are here to support you We here at VSAC believe it is critical to meet the language support needs of newcomer, refugee, and/or international student survivors, and are excited to offer information […]

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Increasing Inclusion at the Triathlon of Compassion

Triathlon of Compassion. Join us by competing, fundraising, or donating. June 23, 2019

Published on 2019 04 24 | by Carissa Ropponen | in Events, News, Trans Inclusion

For 26 years, the Triathlon of Compassion has been a successful symbol of the power that large groups of individuals can have to affect important and lasting change. The Triathlon of Compassion, organized by Human Powered Racing in support of the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre, is our largest fundraiser of the year. Through the fundraising […]

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