Province of Ontario Increases Support for Sexual Assault Centres

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On Thursday, September 17th Kathleen Wynne announced an increase of $1.75 million for the 42 sexual assault centres across Ontario. Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres responded:

The Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC) is thrilled to learn of Ontario’s plan to increase annual funding for Sexual Assault Centres by $1.75 million. This
funding will expand support for survivors of sexual violence in communities across Ontario.

OCRCC’s membership includes 26 Anglophone sexual assault centres from across Ontario.

These centres offer support to survivors of sexual violence and prevention education in local communities: services include counselling to survivors of recent and historical sexual violence, accompaniment to hospital, police and court, advocacy and crisis support.

OCRCC has over 35 years of expertise working to address sexual violence in Ontario. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the increased funding at Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis, a sexual assault centre based in Guelph.

“Every day, Sexual Assault Centres do to the important work of both responding to and preventing sexual violence in our Province,” said Lenore Lukasik-Foss, Chair of Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres. “Last year, Ontario’s 41 English and French-language Sexual
Assault Centres responded to over 47,000 crisis calls from women and men survivors of sexual violence. With these additional funds, we will be able to strengthen our work and enhance support to make real impacts in the lives of survivors.”

The increase is a component of an Ontario-wide Action Plan, It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment, which includes initiatives towards sexual violence prevention, education, and increased supports for survivors in Ontario.

Sexual assault centres deliver free and confidential crisis, advocacy and ongoing support to survivors of sexual violence throughout all of Ontario. If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, please go to http://www.sexualassaultsupport.ca or contact the sexual assault centre in your community.

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