Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre is a not-for-profit charitable organization dedicated to supporting those affected by sexual violence. At our Centre in Peterborough, we offer individual counselling, group counselling and workshops, peer supports, public education and professional training. In our three surrounding communities of City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland, we work with local centres to provide responsive healing supports and public education events.
We believe in and apply a trauma-informed approach in all that we do. We work with people who have experienced childhood sexual abuse and/or more recent experiences of sexual violence. We believe in the resiliency of our clients, and honour who they are and where they are on their healing journey. Our counselling team has collective expertise in attentive listening, relaxing grounding strategies, expressive arts, motivational interviewing, as well as cognitive behavioral, spiritually-integrated and emotionally-focussed therapies. We believe in ongoing professional development to grow ourselves, our programs and services and to meet the diverse needs of our clients.
In addition to therapeutic supports, individuals and family members can consult with us, request accompaniment and/or advocacy with respect to other agencies, court, hospital and police services.
In our Four County-region of Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, we raise public awareness around the issues, attitudes, and systemic barriers that contribute to ongoing cycles of violence. We seek to empower and educate individuals, youth, families, communities, community groups, sports teams, schools, businesses and agencies through specialized training and community development.
At the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, we define sexual violence as “[a]ny violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality” (United Nations). According to the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, our provincial association, we recognize sexual violence as “a broad term that describes a continuum of aggression, abuse and violence. It includes, but is not limited to sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape (date, marital, partner, stranger, gang), ritual abuse, sexual harassment, incest, childhood sexual abuse, molestation, stalking, indecent/sexualized exposure, degrading sexual imagery, voyeurism, exhibitionism, dissemination of sexual photographs electronically (cyberviolence and harassment), rape during armed conflict, trafficking and sexual exploitation.”