In late March 2018, the Peterborough Police Service, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and community partners launched a new resource: This online resource will help survivors, their family and friends, and community service organizations gain a better understanding of what services are available and how they work together.

“When someone commits sexual violence, no matter what they say, there is no excuse. It doesn’t matter what the person they violated said. It doesn’t matter what the person they violated did or what they were wearing. No one has the right to commit an act of sexual violence or harassment. Never, not ever. People who have been violated deserve compassion, support and time to heal. Reaching out for help from community services and law enforcement can be difficult and draining,” says Peter Williams, Community Development Coordinator, Peterborough Police Service.

“With tools like and multi-sector training, health professionals, service providers, victim services and police have built stronger collaboration to support survivors of sexual violence and harassment. We are excited to build on our community’s 2016 needs assessment and the Ontario Action Plan to address sexual violence and harassment. Most importantly, we now have public videos to help survivors and their supporters ‘see’ and better understand services in this community and the criminal justice process,” Lisa Clarke, Acting Executive Director, Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre.

The Peterborough Police Service is grateful to present this project through funding from the Government of Ontario and the collaboration of community partners: Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, Peterborough Police Service – Victim Services Unit, Peterborough OPP, Anishinabek Police Service – Curve Lake Detachment, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Victim Services Peterborough & Northumberland, Victim Witness Assistance Program, YWCA Peterborough Haliburton, Crown Attorney’s Office Niijkiwendidaa Anishnaabekwewag Services Circle and PARN.

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