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Please share: Avalon Sexual Assault Centre has been inundated with calls for help, counselling , assistance at schools, disclosures, and other support. Many people are in need of help or are in crisis following the Rehtaeh Parsons story and resulting ongoing attention. Prior to the tragic suicide death of Rehtaeh Parson’s Avalon Centre did not have adequate resources to respond …

New year, new Avalon

The past year was eventful at the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre office. Notably, as we renegotiated our rental contract, our landlord offered to renovate our existing offices. For those who haven’t visited recently, this office tour shows our renovations. [flickr-gallery mode=”photoset” photoset=”72157632297723206″] Note: the renovations were paid for by our landlord, during lease negotiations  Our clients’ needs are our focus and …

Announcing The Avalon Model

After a year of work, the staff of the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre are pleased to release The Avalon Model : Empowering Individuals and Communities to Respond to Sexualized Violence policy document. The Avalon Model is meant as a template for government and communities to develop comprehensive sexual assault services throughout Nova Scotia. Over the years, service providers and government …

Holiday hours

Like many, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre staff are taking winter holidays to relax and spend time with family and friends. The office will close on Dec. 24 at 12 p.m. noon and will re-open on Jan. 2, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.. For anyone experiencing an immediate sexual assault, our Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners will be on-call during this time. Calls can …

Avalon wins N.S. Human Rights Award

In recognition of International Human Rights Day, Avalon Sexual Assault Centre has been recognized as a provincial leader in human rights. On Dec. 10 at a ceremony at Millwood High School in Lower Sackville N.S., the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission awarded our organization a Human Rights Award. The theme for this year’s Human Rights Award was “Voice It! Change It!”. …

Update: Girls Run the World

On Oct. 26, the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre co-hosted ‘Girls Run the World’, in celebration of International Day of the Girl. The day of creativity and empowerment for girls aged 10 to eighteen, featured hula hooping, poetry, screen-printing, dancing and kite-making. Throughout the event, workshops discussed issues of consent, healthy body image, sexualized violence and gender equity. Videographer Nicole Landry …

Avalon calls for inquiry into abuse at Home for Colored Children

Avalon Sexual Assault Centre supports former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children as they share their stories of neglect and abuse. “We acknowledge the courage it takes for victims and survivors to speak out about systemic racism and abuse,” said Executive Director Irene Smith. Recent news stories tell of sexual assault, sexual abuse and forced prostitution dating …