Supporting Survivors Fireside Chat – Part One

Sexual assault is an isolating experience that disconnects survivors from a sense of stability and wellness. At VSAC we know that healing is about connection: to ourselves, our inner-strength and resiliency, and to each other. During the last month of isolation and physical distancing, the importance of social connection has been amplified for us all.

To build a sense of connection and community, we are bringing you a series of videos – fireside chats – with the goal of sharing more deeply about who we are and what we do.

Over the next month, we’ll be providing information about our services, tips for support and grounding, and how we continue to support survivors to restore a sense of safety and stability as we navigate these uncertain times.

Today’s fireside chat is an introduction to some of our staff. Meet Elijah, Shannon, and Karen and learn how we are responding to survivors during COVID-19.

We hope you’ll tune in next week for part two of our fireside chat. In next week’s video Shannon and Karen discuss the impacts of the pandemic on survivors and why instances of gender-based violence rise during crises.

If you are in need of services, we are here for you:

If you have been recently assaulted: Access our 24-hour Sexual Assault Response Team service by calling the Vancouver Island Crisis Line (1-888-494-3888) and requesting to speak to a VSAC Sexual Assault Support Worker.

To access our other services: Call our Access Line (250-383-3232) or email

For immediate emotional support call the Vancouver Island Crisis Line (1-888-494-3888 ) and/or if you have health concerns call HealthLink BC at 811 or your health care provider.

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