(Victoria Sexual Assault Centre on Cedar Hill Rd/Google Maps)

The Victoria Sexual Assault Centre (VSAC) has just received a $200,000 grant from the provincial government.

This funding is meant to support the organization in its continued delivery of vital services for survivors of sexualized violence in Victoria.

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“Because of this funding from the Province, the doors of this unique and innovative clinic will remain open for sexual assault survivors. This is life-saving help for our clients,” said Jane Sterk, executive director, Victoria Sexual Assault Centre.

“While our organization pursues long-term sustainability, we will continue to work with partners so survivors can receive the support they need to heal.”

VSAC provides counselling, advocacy, and empowerment services for women and trans survivors of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse.

The organization’s clinic program also offers crisis support, medical and forensic services, and options for police reporting to recent survivors of sexual assault.

This $200,000 grant will cover half of the operational costs of the Clinic Program over 2 years.

In 2017, British Columbia had a 16% increase in reported sexual assault cases over 2016. Moreover, according to Canada’s most recent victimization survey, only one-in-20 sexual assaults are reported to police, which means the true extent of sexual violence in Canada is unknown.

To access VSAC’s services, contact their service line at 250-383-3232 during regular office hours, Monday-Friday. For 24-hour service, contact the Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1-888-494-3888.