If you have been a victim of sexual assault/violence, contact the Amethyst Project at YWCA Lethbridge & District.  

Amethyst provides advocacy and support.  Call 403-329-0088 or the Crisis Line at 403-320-1881 (toll-free 1-866-296-0447).

For more information about Amethyst, go to http://programs.ywcalethbridge.org/amethyst-project

  

YWCA Lethbridge and District is one of several community agencies working together to address issues of sexual violence in the community. That includes participating on SVAC - the Sexual Violence Action Committee.  The committee has representation from:

  • Alberta Justice - Crown Prosecutor's Office 
  • Lethbridge Family Services
  • Lethbridge Regional Police Service
  • Sexual Health Centre - Chinook Health Unit
  • Southern Alberta Child and Family Services Authority
  • University of Lethbridge
  • YWCA Lethbridge and District
As professionals working with victims/survivors/patients, it is important to identify and understand the common reactions to rape and sexual assault.  It is extremely empowering and comforting for the survivor to be reminded that they are not alone, and to be allowed to make their own choices with respect to service provision and care.  It is also important to continually remind yourself that each individual's experience of the assault is unique and so is their reaction to the assault.

Sexual violence occurs so frequently, yet is so rarely reported that it can be called a silent epidemic. Even if you are not a victim, you are still affected as you may know someone who has experienced sexual violence.


YWCA Harbour House Women's Emergency Shelter addresses sexual assualt as part of domestice violence.   

"Many victims have learned much in the process of becoming survivors.  They have paid dearly, emotionally, financially, by losing years of their lives.  Many have survived as stronger, wiser persons.  Sharing their testimonials may be helpful to them as yet another step in the healing process.  All their pain and struggle were not for naught if others, too, can learn from their experience and thus be in a better position to understand and respond to other victims."  Jeanette Hofstee Milgr