On October 26th, 2019...
Help to "Light The Night" for Southeastern Alberta
This fall, SARC (Sexual Assault Response Committee) is hosting our first fundraiser on October 26, 2019 called Light the Night. This is a Halloween themed event that will encourage adults to dress up and share in canapes and fun at the Beveridge. Money raised through this event will support SARC’s ongoing programs, services, and the start up of a Child Advocacy Centre (CAC) in Medicine Hat. SARC’s services include trauma therapy for survivors of sexual violence and their families, support through the police reporting and court process, community education and prevention programs, and professional training enabling others to respond to and prevent sexual assault/abuse.
What is a Child Advocacy Centre?
CAC is a child-friendly facility where a multi-disciplinary team (law enforcement, child protection, social services, medical services and mental health) provide coordinated and comprehensive support to child and their families where abuse is suspected. CACs seek to minimize system-induced trauma and support longer-term well-being by providing a child-friendly facility for young victims and their families to seek services ideally under one roof (Department of Justice Canada, 2018).
A healthy family builds a healthy community.
SARC currently serves men, women, and children who have been affected by sexual assault or abuse. The start up of a Child Advocacy Centre would provide services to more children, youth and their families who have experienced abuse.