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Sexual Abuse Intervention

Provides treatment to children and adolescents who have been sexually abused, and therapeutic support to the families of these children.

Counselling for victims and families of sexual abuse

Sexual Abuse Intervention Program offers:

  • One-to-one counselling for children/teens who are or have been victims of sexual abuse.
  • One-to-one counselling¬†for children/teens that display sexual behaviour problems
  • Therapeutic support is also available to the families of children/teens in the program.
  • One-to-one counselling for non-offending parent(s.)
  • Group counselling for both victims and non-offending parents.
  • Referral to professional services as required.
  • Education for the public on all aspects of sexual abuse.
  • Assistance with understanding legal matters and court process.
  • Confidential service.

What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse means any sexual exploitation of a child, whether consensual or not. It includes touching of a sexual nature, or sexual intercourse, and may include any behaviour of a sexual nature toward a child by an older or more advantaged person.

What can we do?

Stop

Stop and educate ourselves and our children! Learn about the prevention methods and programs from books, shows, schools, and community organizations. Keeping children safe is a community responsibility.

Look

  • Pay attention to the people around your children.
  • Know where your children are and who they are with.
  • Teach your children about personal boundaries and personal safety.
  • Teach your children what to do and where to go in unsafe situations.
  • Learn about the indicators of sexual abuse.
  • Report any known or suspected abuse to the Ministry of Children and Family Development, or the RCMP.

Listen

  • Encourage communication with your children and listen to what they are saying.
  • Listen too, to what they aren't' saying?
  • Children tell lies to get out of trouble, not into it.
  • Always try to be supportive and understanding.
  • Remember, children are never responsible for the abuse.

What are the facts?

  • 1 in every 4 girls will be victims of unwanted sexual acts by the ages of 18 (BC statistics.)
  • 1 in every 10 boys will be victims of unwanted sexual acts by the ages of 18 (BC statistics.)
  • Over 85% of child abusers are known to the victim.
  • Over 50% of child sexual abuse occurs in the victim's home.
  • Tricks, threats and bribes are commonly used.
  • Offenders come from all walks of life and all races and cultures.
  • Secrets a child is forced to keep may allow the abuse to continue undetected.
  • It is not unusual for a victim to keep the secret forever.

Statistics for the first two facts were obtained from Help Stop Child Abuse ? A Handbook for Employers and Volunteer Coordinators, produced by the Ministry of Attorney General, Ministry of Social Services, Province of B.C. June 1994.

We teach our children traffic safety, water safety, safety in the house?let's work on personal safety ? how to protect their body and trust their own feelings.

YOU HAVE A LEGAL DUTY TO REPORT!

It is mandatory in British Columbia that any person or organization who believes that a child may be abused or neglected, must report the incident to the Ministry of Children and Family Development at 954-4737 or contact the RCMP at 248-6111.

For more information, please contact Referral and Assessments at 250-752-6766 - ext. 107

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