Workshop and Open House Planned to Honour Victims Week

vw-2015-engSince 2011, the province of Manitoba has recognized April as Sexual Assault Awareness month. Also in April is the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week, April 19-25.

Sexual violence impacts the majority of Canadians. Half of Canadian women are likely to experience an act of sexual violence in their lifetime. Sexual violence is not something inflicted on women alone – one in six men will also be victims of sexual violence.

During this month of awareness raising, Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre is hosting educational opportunities regarding the trauma that results from experiencing sexual assault and the realities of sexual exploitation in rural Manitoba.

On April 23, Survivor’s Hope will be hosting a full-day workshop for service providers in Powerview-Pine Falls. The workshop is titled Sexual Exploitation: Increasing our knowledge and capacity for action. Those interested in registering for the sexual exploitation workshop should contact stephanie@survivors-hope.ca.

A variety of speakers will discuss the consequences of sexual assault as a traumatic experience, the realities of sexual exploitation, and Manitoba’s strategy to address sexual exploitation.

Also on Thursday April 23, Survivor’s Hope will be hosting an open house at their new drop-in support office in the Winnipeg River Learning Centre in Powerview-Pine Falls. Everyone is welcome to stop by between 9 am – 4 pm. There will also be an open house at the Survivor’s Hope office in Pinawa in Lewis Business Centre Friday April 24, 9 am – 4 pm.

The events hosted during Victims Week are made possible in part by grant funding from the Federal Department of Justice and the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.

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