The Kenora Sexual Assault Centre (KSAC) provides twenty-four hour (24) crisis intervention, emergency transportation, personal support, advocacy, practical assistance and safety planning (e.g. meals, transportation and emergency accommodation) to female victims/survivors of sexual assault in the Kenora District.
KSAC operates a 24 hour local, and toll-free, crisis and support line. KSAC provides counselling, advocacy, support and information to female victims/survivors at the hospital and during police/court proceedings. KSAC also provides follow-up care, such as one-to-one and group counselling as well as referrals and accompaniment to related community services (e.g. housing, social assistance, child and family services) for female survivors of sexual assault in the Treaty #3 area.
In essence, KSAC provides both short and long term support and services to female victims/survivors of sexual violence, depending on their individual needs. KSAC offers ongoing support in all aspects of the healing and empowerment process. This includes the support services offered via KSAC’s 24 hour crisis line.
The Role of KSAC’s Crisis Counsellors
KSAC’s Crisis Counsellors can be contacted by any other service provider, including Emergency Room (ER) Nurses and Sexual Assault/Partner Abuse (SA/PA) Nurses, doctors or police at the client’s request. Victims/survivors can also contact the crisis line themselves to request assistance. KSAC’s services should be offered by whomever the first point of contact within the system is, be it police or medical personnel.
The following is the procedure for KSAC’s Crisis Counsellors attending the hospital to support victims/survivors: