address the impact of gender-based violence from a feminist, trauma informed, survivor centered, strength-based lens
remain a valued stakeholder in our community's coordinated social response to reduce sexualized violence
promote community inclusion through grassroots social action to increase Community's understanding of Itself as an integral partner in reducing gender-based violence
embrace the growing global movement of allied men as a vital resource for reducing and eliminating all forms of violence against women and young girls
We recognize the need for specialized sexual assault Advocate accompaniment to medical and/or criminal justice system services during the immediate aftermath of sexualized trauma.
We recognize the need for outreach services for women entrenched in survival sex trade, for women at risk of human trafficking, and youth at risk of sexualized exploitation.
We recognize the need for a sexual assault advocacy centre in the heart of the Cowichan Valley with a specialized response that is creatively flexible to meet the needs of survivors of sexualized crime in the moment those needs are expressed.
We recognize the value of drop-in trauma support groups that address first-stage trauma recovery in a strength-based framework. Drop-in support reduces barriers to service by eliminating wait lists.
We recognize the need for a sexual assault clinic that directs medical and policing services to one location. Centralization and collaboration through a feminist lens best supports the unique needs of survivors of recent sexualized crime.
to preserve the dignity and value of self-identified women by providing services grounded in feminist theory and cultural competence addressing gender-based violence and its impact on women, youth and families in the Cowichan Valley
Violence against women and girls is one of the most prevalent human rights violations in the world. Gender-based violence (GBV) is based on socially ascribed differences between males and females. While men and boys can be victims/survivors of some types of GBV (particularly sexual violence), GBV has a greater impact on women and girls. It undermines the health, dignity, security and autonomy of its victims, yet it remains shrouded in a culture of silence. Cutting across ethnicity, race, class, religion, education level, and international borders GBV is derived from unequal power relationships between men and women. Violence is directed specifically against a woman because she is a woman. An estimated one in three women worldwide has been beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime.
This 'spiral goddess' represents Eternal Woman. The spiral depicts the perpetual motion of Woman's creativity. We are life givers and are to be honoured for our inherent creative power that seeks balance. She is holding up the heart of Creation for this is what Woman does; we are natural nurturers caring for all life on Mother Earth. "A Nation is not conquered until the hearts of its women are on the ground, then it is done, no matter how brave its warriors or how strong its weapons."
Support Services Society
Sexual Assault Advocacy Centre