The impacts of sexual violence are most commonly understood via trauma or mental health frameworks.
But we believe that sexual violence cannot be separated from a broader social context – one in which the victim, the offender, and the violation itself exist in a larger system of social norms, relations and inequities.
Community-based sexual assault centre services are rooted in a comprehensive and socially-contextualized analysis of sexual violence. In this way, our counselling models can differ from medical and mental health frameworks, including psychotherapy.
Read more about Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC)’s response to the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HRPAC) on the Controlled Act of Psychotherapy.