The PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre offers a variety of services related to sexual abuse and recovery. However it is important to remember that there are services we do not provide. This page specifies what direct services we offer, and describes some of the practices and principles of the PEIRSAC. For further inquiries, please contact us.
PEIRSAC Does Not Provide the Following:
- Individual Therapy (see below for more information)
- Support and Information (see below for more information)
- Partnership and Consultation with other agencies and community groups
- Public Education (see below for more information)
- Advocacy and Networking (Representation on: Premier's Family Violence Prevention Action Committee, PEI Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Advisory Committee, Victim Services Advisory Committee)
For more information on any of these services please call our main office number (902) 566-1864.
- Services for Children
- Couple/Family Counseling
- Support or crisis intervention outside of regular work hours
- Accompaniment to hospital or police
PEIRSAC Counselling Services are:
- For women and men (over age 16) who have experienced frecent or historic sexual assault and childhood sexual abue
- Free of charge
- Provided by professional therapists who are experienced and trained in trauma recovery
REQUESTING COUNSELLING SERVICES
To make a request for counselling, call (902) 368-8055. Please leave a confidential voice mail message which includes: your name, number and whether we can leave a detailed message at that number. A therapist will get back to you as soon as possible, within five days.
Unfortunately, our counselling program is not able to operate a crisis support line and therefore we are not able to guarantee that a therapist will be available for immediate response. If you are feeling overwhelmed, please contact your nearest emergency department hospital or to call 911.
When one of our therapists returns your call, she will ask you a series of questions to gain an appreciation of your situation. If we have a wait list, you will be advised of this. Recent assault victims will receive priority. All potential clients will be contacted within 3-4 weeks after their initial call, and will be invited to come in for an initial consultation session. This initial session provides support and the opportunity to explore whether we are the right service at the right time.
See our two brochures "Our Services for Survivors of Sexual Assault" and "Our Services for Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse" under Educational Resources.
MEN MATTER - GROUP SESSIONS FOR MEN WHO HAVE EXPERIENCED SEXUAL ABUSE
Phase One: a ten week education program about the impacts of abuse
Phase Two: a process oriented group that goes deeper into healing work (after completing Phase One)
Before participating we would like to meet with you to answer any questions you may have and to determine if this is the right choice for you. Call Chris at the Catholic Family Service Bureau, 902-894-3515.
PUBLIC EDUCATION SESSIONS
We provide public education sessions on a wide range of topics including: sexual assault, trauma informed practice, relationship violence, healthy relationships, boundaries and sexual relationships and the meaning of consent. Please call our main office number (902) 566-1864 for more information on this service.
SUPPORT AND INFORMATION
For information during weekdays please contact our main office number, (902) 566-1864. To make a request or referral for therapy, please call (902) 368-8055.
We currently have a wait list for counselling sessions addressing historical sexual abuse and/or past sexual assault. If you have experienced a sexual assault recently, however, you will not have to wait, and we will see you as soon as possible.
The length of the wait list varies, and it is not possible to predict accurately how long the wait might be. We know it takes courage to ask for help, and it can feel discouraging to be asked to wait. While waiting, we encourage anyone seeking more immediate support to check out other resources that might be available, such as an E.A.P. or personal benefit program. Read More >
We are always looking for qualified therapists. Read more about the job description and requirements. Read More >
Supporting An Adult Survivor of Sexual Assault in PEI
Download this posterRead More >
“The RESPECT Project – Responding to and Preventing Sexual Violence in PEI”
The on line survey about sexual violence in PEI is now closed. We thank everyone who took time to participate. A report of the findings can be found under "Resources".
Read more about the project. Read More >
Men Matter: Group Programs for Male Survivors
A free service for men who are on a journey of recovery from sexual abuse. Read More >
Main Office 902.566.1864
Therapy Line 902.368.8055