May is Sexual Assault Prevention Month. Ontario recognizes this month is a time to raise awareness about the devastating impact of sexual assault and focus on the measures being taken to stop violence and support survivors Since the province-wide lockdown due to COVID-19, there have reports of increased incidents of sexual violence across the province against young children and both women and men. Survivors of sexual…
Anti-Human Trafficking Services
We recognize that survivors of human trafficking and sexual exploitation are survivors of trauma – many have experienced sexual and physical assault, emotional and mental abuse, coercion, manipulation, loss of agency, malnutrition, displacement, witnessed violence against others, threats to loved ones, and much more. We know that the experience of trauma overwhelms a survivor’s ability to cope, and that “experiences like these can interfere with a person’s sense of safety, self, and self-efficacy, as well as the ability to regulate emotions and navigate relationships. Traumatized people commonly feel terror, shame, helplessness and powerlessness.” (Essentials of Trauma Informed Care, Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse).
SAVIS operates from a harm reduction, non-judgmental, ARAO feminist framework. SAVIS’ mandate is to be accessible, free, equitable, immediate and supportive. SAVIS provides a range of core services, ongoing case management and crisis support to all survivors of human trafficking; sex trafficking, labour trafficking, forced marriage, domestic servitude and individuals at risk of exploitation.
Our services include but are not be limited to: