Halton Region marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month

1 in 2 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience childhood sexual abuse

Halton Region marks Sexual Assault Awareness Month
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Chantal Corner

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Sergeant Chantal Corner is the Media Relations Officer for the Halton Regional Police Department. She grew up in Oakville and graduated from Loyola. She still resides in Oakville.

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Regional Chairman Gary Carr and Halton Regional Police Chief Stephen Tanner and community leaders will join members of the Halton Violence Prevention Council to mark the beginning of Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Thursday May 1st, 2014 at 10:00am, at the Halton Region Rotunda, 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville.

The Halton Violence Prevention Council (HVPC), agencies providing services for survivors of sexual violence, and Halton dignitaries, will renew their commitment to making Halton a violence-free community, and ending sexual violence.

By focusing on the region’s response to sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse, as well as highlighting the existing services within our community, we aim to increase awareness about the unique need of survivors of sexual violence. Join us in solidarity as a community that supports survivors of both historical and ongoing sexual abuse without shame, blame or disbelief.

This community launch marks the first public involvement of the HVPC in Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Sexual violence awareness, education and support are top priorities for the HVPC. 1 in 3 Canadian women will experience sexual assault in their lifetime , 1 in 2 girls and 1 in 6 boys will experience childhood sexual abuse , and an estimated 90% of all cases of sexual violence are not reported .

“Meaningful change in society will continue as long as we maintain our momentum and speak out to support survivors of sexual violence” says Kathryn Baker-Reed, Executive Director of the Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS) of Halton.

HVPC members consist of more than 20 agencies in the Halton community, including representatives from legal and police services; counselling and sexual assault agencies; women’s shelters; child protection; addictions, housing and mental health sectors; health-based services and survivor-informed agencies.

The Council continues to support the work of the Speakers Bureau – women who have participated in education and support-based workshops preparing them to share their impactful stories of abuse, trauma, survival and hope.

For a complete list of Council members, further information on the Speakers Bureau and/or the initiatives of HVPC, or Sexual Assault Awareness Month, please contact the HVPC Coordinator at 905-637-5256, or hvpc.coord@accesscounselling.ca.

Are you currently dealing with experiences of sexual assault, abuse or violence? You and your family can get help and support. Call the 24 hour Crisis/Support line (for women, men and members of the Trans community) at SAVIS of Halton: 905-875-1555 or the 24 hour Crisis Line at Halton Women’s Place (south 905-332-7892, north 905-878-8555).




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