PEIRSAC COUNSELLING SERVICES ARE:

  • For individuals of all genders (over age 16) who have experienced recent or historic sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse
  • Free of charge and confidential
  • Provided by professional therapists who are experienced and trained in trauma recovery

OUR COMMITMENT TO PRIVACY AND CONFIDENTIALITY
Our commitment to privacy and confidentiality is a key cornerstone to the PEI Rape & Sexual Assault Centre and we deem to be a crucial component to our therapeutic relationships with our clients. We never disclose who is on our wait list or obtaining our services. We never release confidential information about our clients without their written informed consent.

WE ARE HERE FOR YOU.

FRONT LINE SERVICES
INDIVIDUAL COUNSELLING/THERAPY

PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC) provides free and confidential client led counselling sessions. This program is for survivors of sexual violence, both recent or historic, (i.e. sexual abuse, sexual assault, or sexual harassment) who are in need of supportive, therapeutic counselling specific to sexual violence trauma.

TRAUMA INFORMATION GROUP

PEIRSAC is now offering an evening on-line Trauma Information Group (TIG) for sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse survivors in the early stages of recovery in a one-hour weekly format for ten weeks. TIG combines a grounding, psychoeducational and cognitive framework in a supportive relational and confidential process. Group participants will be placed with others with similar gender-identity and age. Created mainly with for clients on our waitlist, if you are on our waitlist or not and interested in signing up for this group please call or text the Request for Service Line 902-368-8055.

MEN MATTER - NOW ACCEPTING SELF-REFERRALS

PEIRSAC is now accepting self-referrals from male survivors of sexual violence age 16+ for the Phase I Men Matter Groups. To register call 902-368-8055.

PARTNERSHIP AND CONSULTATION
BRAIDING SWEETGRASS PROGRAM

The Braiding Sweetgrass program is a three-year pilot project in partnership with the Aboriginal Women’s Association PEI and funded by the Canadian Women’s Foundation to address the increased demand for culturally safer and identity affirming trauma therapy for Indigenous women, youth, and 2SLGBTQ+ (IWY2S+) survivors of sexualized violence. The program provides counselling and access to traditional healing approaches for Indigenous clients. We are currently seeking an Indigenous therapist for this program; interested applicants are invited to email a cover letter and resume to the Hiring Committee at admin@peirsac.org

PATHWAYS TO THRIVE PROGRAM

Pathways to Thrive is a five-year community-based research project started in April 2021 and funded by Women and Gender Equality (WAGE) Canada that focuses on adapting and evaluating therapeutic ‘promising practices’ (to be more culturally safe and identity-affirming) with under-served survivors of gender-based violence on PEI, including BIPOC, 2SLGBTQ+ and rural populations. PEIRSAC’s project partner is Women’s Network PEI (WNPEI), in the role of day-to-day coordination of different aspects of the community development. Other community partners involved in the adaptation and evaluation of promising therapeutic practices include:

ADVOCACY AND NETWORKING
SEXUAL ASSAULT AWARENESS WEEK (SAAW) and TAKE BACK THE NIGHT (TBTN)

Take Back The Night is the earliest worldwide movement to stand against sexual violence, especially violence against women. TBTN Events began in the 1960’s in Belgium and England with protests about how women were not able to be safe walking down the street alone. These early events have grown into hundreds of events on college campuses and in communities of all sizes and locations. This project builds on the success of, and lessons learned from, the TBTN Revitalization event funded by IWS in 2020. In the past TBTN events were 'women only' events, whereas the PEI event was and will be inclusive of all genders recognizing that marginalization and sexualized violence happens to individuals and communities that are impacted by, "oppressive power structures contained in residual attitudes, behaviors and biases from our collective colonial history, which is deeply steeped in power imbalances, capitalism and all forms of inequality," and that by bringing together a diverse Advisory Committee (AC) we can "effectively disseminate messages about root causes of sexualized violence against women (by) to creat(ing) space for learning from and with voices of Black, Indigenous and People of Color (particularly women)" (Ali-Faisal, Project Evaluation Report, Take Back the Night 2020).

New in 2021is the creation of a province-wide “Sexual Assault Awareness Week” to generate community conversations about the role everyone plays in believing and supporting survivors and preventing sexualized violence, culminating on the Take Back The Night event. Watch our FaceBook page and the Take Back the Night PEI FaceBook page for updates on how you can participate!

PREMIER’S ACTION COMMITTEE ON FAMILY VIOLENCE PREVENTION (PAC)

PEIRSAC is one of 30 organizations / government bodies that sits on PAC, and one of five of those organizations/bodies that is also part of PAC Admin, the working group that meets monthly in addition to the quarterly full PAC meetings. The PEIRSAC Executive Director also co-chairs the PAC Admin Working Group on Sexual Violence with the Director of the Interministerial Women’s Secretariat, which focuses on sexual violence prevention and improving services for survivors of sexual violence on PEI. For more information, visit https://www.stopfamilyviolence.pe.ca.

EVA CANADA

PEIRSAC’s Executive Director sits on the Board of Ending Violence Association (EVA) Canada. EVA CAN formed to foster a national voice, to bring together all of the sectors involved in the array of anti-violence issues for national dialogue and action, for collaboration across provinces and territories to develop comprehensive and coordinated responses, for developing and sharing information and best practices, promoting safety of workers in the field, and creating more effective gateways to services.

SUPPORT & INFORMATION
SUPPORT & INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES AND FRIENDS

Please feel free to call our main office number (902) 566-1864 for more information on our services and/or how to support someone you know who has been assaulted.

PUBLIC EDUCATION

We provide public education sessions and workshops on a wide range of topics including:

  • Sexual Assault/Violence
  • Trauma-Informed Practice
  • Healthy Relationships and Sexuality
  • Boundaries, Consent and Sexual Relationships

Call or text 902-566-1864 or email admin@peirsac.org for more information or to book a presenter.

We work collaboratively with, and in ways that empower, individuals and organizations.