**Important Updates**

Re-opening of Ontario 

Like many of you, staff, volunteers and board members at SAC have been paying very close attention to the Provincial Government’s announcements concerning the “Re-opening of Ontario.”

If you click on this link for a detailed list of stage one openings effective May 19, 2020, you will see that Rape Crisis Centres are listed under Health Services. This means we were already allowed to provide face-to-face service under urgent circumstances, and we have continued to provide services remotely throughout this pandemic.

While we are glad to see that SACs are being understood as essential services, we want to clarify that SAC Brant will not be re-opening for regular in-person services in the immediate future. We will continue to provide remote support by by phone, Zoom (video), and by other methods.

…… In fact, we will be making an announcement about expanded services on Sunday, May 24th to coincide with the date that would have been Lynnsie’s Run.

Thank you for understanding that we are working to ensure all of our community members and our workers’ health and safety at this time.

We are still here for you. Thanks for still being there for us.

Please keep in touch.

Lynnsie’s Run – May 24, 2020 – Cancelled

It is with deep regret that we announce our decision to cancel Lynnsie’s Run 2020, which was scheduled for Sunday, May 24. Lynnsie’s Run is an event that staff, volunteers, and our friends and allies look forward to as a celebration of resilience and a way to connect meaningfully with each other and our community, and we look forward to May 2021 when we will be able to do so again.

Still Here For You online giving campaign

Unfortunately, the loss of our annual fundraiser couldn’t have come at a worse time for the Centre financially. Following the 2018 provincial election, the newly elected government cancelled a planned funding increase for Ontario’s sexual assault centres, and we looked to Lynnsie’s Run 2020 to close that funding gap.

Since research and experience tell us the rates of gender-based and sexual violence will increase during and after this pandemic, we will need all the resources at our disposal to respond – and you can help. From May to June we will be holding our “Still Here For You” online giving campaign with the goal of raising $15,000.

Here are some of the ways you can contribute:

  • Fundraise online for the Centreclick here to create and share your personal online fundraising page
  • Contribute financially – click here to donate online or by cheque* mailed to the Centre – every dollar makes a difference
  • Make a donation by etransfer to sexualassaultcentre@sacbrant.ca (no password required). Want a tax receipt? Please include your full name and mailing address within the etransfer message, or send us an email!
  • Share this information with your friends and family and encourage them to support the Centre
  • Follow @SAC Brant and @TheSACRun on Facebook and Instagram and share posts using the hashtags #healingandchange and #stillhereforyou

Given the stress and uncertainty that everyone is facing we understand that donating may not be possible at this time, and we are so grateful for any and all efforts. We hope your enthusiasm for Lynnsie’s Run and the work of SAC Brant will shine through this year even though we can’t be together physically.

Finally, if you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, please know that we are still here for you, even if that may look little different at the moment, such as a phone, text, or video connection instead of in person. You can reach our 24-hour crisis and support line at any time by calling 519-751-3471.

Huge love and thanks to you all,

🐢 Your friends and allies at SAC 🐢

*Please make cheques payable to:
Sexual Assault Centre of Brant
211 Brant Avenue, Brantford, ON N3T 3J1

Counselling

If you have a counselling appointment scheduled during the next few weeks, you can expect that someone will be in touch to figure out the best way for you to stay connected without coming to to the Centre. If you think we might not have your up-to-date contact information, please let us know by leaving a message on our voicemail at (519) 751-1164 or by emailing sexualassaultcentre@sacbrant.ca.

Collaborative Work

If you are involved in collaborative work with members of the SAC team, we will be in touch as soon as possible to determine the best way to continue our work together without in-person meetings.

Crisis and Support Line

The Crisis and Support Line is available 24 hours a day at (519) 751-3471. Please don’t hesitate to call if you need support.

Info about COVID-19/coronavirus

SAC staff want to do their part in slowing the spread of the virus, in accordance with our pandemic policy and our social justice values. The best thing you can do right now to protect yourself and prevent the spread of the virus is to practice social distancing and good hand-washing hygiene.

For information about all things coronavirus we recommend visiting the Brant County Health Unit’s Website. We will make other information available as and when we have it.

Please watch this space and follow @sacbrant on Facebook for up-to-date info about how SAC is going to be responding to the evolving coronavirus situation.

SAC staff and volunteers have been thinking deeply how we can safely continue to offer love, support and connection to our service users, our community, and each other while our usual way of doing business is not possible. We recognize that these are going to be stressful and trying times for everyone. Please know that we are still here for you, even if that may look little different at the moment, such as a phone, text, or video connection instead of in person.

Please will you keep in touch with us? We want to create a huge groundswell of support for one another to combat the feelings of anxiety, isolation and powerlessness that come up when we have a giant challenge to our collective health and well-being. We also want to acknowledge that there are many other challenges that people are dealing with at the moment and many other challenges that people have overcome in the past, so it’s okay if the Coronavirus isn’t the biggest thing for you at the moment. We can still continue to shoulder each other up.

Our Mission

To provide services that promote healing for survivors of sexual violence, and create social change through advocacy, education and collaboration.

Our Vision

A just social world for women and their communities

Our Slogan

Healing and Change

Our Values

Feminism, anti-racism, anti-oppression, equity seeking, intersectionality.

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual assault is any unwanted act of a sexual nature imposed by one person upon another. Forced or coerced intercourse, grabbing, touching or kissing can be defined as sexual assault.

If you or someone you know is a survivor of sexual assault, we can help.

We offer a 24 hour crisis and support line for survivors (female or male) of sexual violence, as well as friends and family members of survivors. We also offer counselling for women ages 14 and over in a supportive, safe environment as well as in all Brant County high schools, emergency services, accompaniment and support through hospital, police, and court procedures, public education, and community events.

All of SAC Brant’s services are free and confidential.

24 hr crisis and support line: 519-751-3471
Business line: 519-751-1164
Email: sexualassaultcentre@sacbrant.ca

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