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
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 addresses sexual assualt as part of domestice violence. In 2011-12, women reported 106 recent sexual assaults. However, only six of these had police involvement.
"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 Milgrom
What are you prepared to do to help change lives?
- talk about sexual violence
- connect to community resources
- help to educate
You can make a difference to create a climate where sexual violence is not tolerated!