Sexual assault centres are overwhelmed in the #MeToo era

In Waterloo Region, a woman was visiting her doctor’s office when she noticed a sign and phone number for the Sexual Assault Support Centre.

She went home and called the number, and shared that she was sexually abused as a child and it still haunted her.

“She said to me, ‘Is it too late? Am I too old to get help?'” Counsellor Andrea Arthur-Brown recalled. “It’s never too late,” she told her.

About 75 to 80 per cent of the sexual assault survivors supported by the centre have experienced historical sexual abuse.

Public conversations about sexual violence, stirred by the recent #MeToo movement, has meant that more survivors are calling sexual assault centres to share their stories. Read more here. 

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