SARAH

Sexual Assault Recovery and Healing

About SARAH

SARAH support continues through the COVID-19 pandemic.

SARAH Workers are still available 24/7 but support is offered over the phone and follow-up will be via phone, text, or email.

SARAH Individual Counselling is still available, but support is offered over the phone and encrypted Google Meet.

The SARAH Program provides support to those affected by sexual violence through SARAH Worker support and our SARAH Counselling and Support Program.

SARAH Workers are trained advocates that support people who have just experience sexual assault.

SARAH Counselling and Support provides counselling to anyone 15 years old and up in the Interlake Eastern Region of Manitoba that has experienced teen or adult sexual violence

SARAH Workers

SARAH Workers provide support 24/7 to those that have just experienced sexual assault.

We offer:

  • hospital accompaniment and support
  • follow-up support
  • referrals to regional service providers

You can ask for a SARAH Worker 24/7 at these RCMP detachments or emergency departments:

  • Selkirk
  • Pine Falls
  • Beausejour
  • Pinawa
  • Oakbank
  • Lac du Bonnet

How can a SARAH program Worker provide support?

It isn’t easy finding emotional support following a sexual assault. It is best to chose someone (family, friend, crisis worker) who can provide the following: confidentiality, unconditional support for decisions, non-judgmental attitude (this was not your fault), dependable and available when needed, advocate with police, social workers, forensic examiners, lawyers.

The SARAH program Worker can support the sexual assault survivor by providing the following services:

  • Emotional support for the survivor and those affected by sexual assault. Those affected by sexual violence may be a family member, partner, loved one, friend or acquaintance of the survivor.
  • Options regarding police and medical involvement with emphasis on the right of the survivor to make his/her own choices
  • Hospital accompaniment and support
  • Forensic examination explanation
  • Support through police statement taking
  • Information on sexual assault trauma and what to expect physically and emotionally following an assault
  • Information on the SARAH program and referrals to other organizations providing follow-up support
  • Report to C.F.S. when children are at risk or need support
  • Clothing to leave the hospital following a forensic examination if clothing was seized for evidence
  • Personal grooming items to use before leaving the hospital
  • Follow-up contact to ensure the survivor’s well-being and safety

All of our SARAH Workers receive 40 hours of training and attend monthly inservices.

The application process involves completing an application form, attending an in-person interview and providing two reference checks. The applicant must also have a valid driver’s license, access to a reliable vehicle, and be willing to travel in eastern Manitoba. A current Criminal Records Check/Vulnerable Sector Check (RCMP) must be presented prior to the start of training. Applicants will also be required to complete applications for a Child Abuse Registry Check and an Adult Abuse Registry Check.

To find out more about becoming a SARAH Worker view our Get Involved page or call our office.

Call 1-204-753-5353

SARAH Counselling and Support Program

Ongoing counselling is available to anyone in the Interlake Eastern Region of Manitoba who has experience teen or adult sexual violence.

Individual Counselling:

  • Available to those 15 years old and up
  • Available to individuals in the Interlake Eastern Region of Manitoba
  • Offered by phone and encrypted Google Meet (in-person support can take place post-pandemic)
  • Free, Confidential and by appointment only

Book an Appointment

If you would like to talk to a counsellor you can book an appointment by either contacting our office via phone or sending an email through our website.

To contact our office via phone – please call our office at 204-753-5353 and leave a message with your contact information. A Counsellor will contact you to set up an appointment.

To contact our office via email – please send an email through our contact us form on our website survivors-hope.ca/contact/. A Counsellor will contact you via email to set up an appointment.