About The Centre
Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre is a feminist, not-for-profit, charitable organization dedicated to supporting those affected by sexual and gender-based violence and harm. At our Centre in Peterborough, we offer individual counselling, psychoeducational and therapeutic groups and workshops, advocacy and accompaniment services, crisis support, peer supports, prevention education and professional training. In our three surrounding communities of City of Kawartha Lakes, Haliburton and Northumberland, we work with local centres to provide responsive healing supports and prevention education events.
We work with people of all genders who have experienced any form of sexual or gender-based violence, both recent and historical. This can include (but is not limited to) childhood sexual abuse, intimate partner violence, sexual exploitation, workplace sexual harassment, and sexual assault. While we primarily serve people 16 years and older, we do support younger people and their families, as well as partners who want to support a survivor.
Our work is grounded in an intersectional feminist, anti-racist/anti-oppressive framework and rooted in trauma- and violence-informed principles of safety, transparency, choice/collaboration, and resilience. We strive to offer a safe environment for healing, and foster the development of trust through ethical practice and confidentiality.
We recognize that each person is the expert in their own life, and are ready to walk alongside survivors as they make the choices they decide are best for them. We encourage people to recognize their personal resilience, honour the challenges they have experienced, and assist them in building strength to move forward with their unique healing journey.
Our clinical counselling team has collective expertise in feminist counselling, narrative therapy, expressive arts therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), equine assisted learning (EAL), motivational interviewing (MI), mindfulness, and self-compassion. We are committed to ongoing professional development to grow ourselves and our programs and services so that we can meet the diverse needs of our clients.
In addition to therapeutic supports, individuals and family members can consult with us and request accompaniment and/or advocacy with respect to other agencies, hospital, court, and police services.
In our Four County region of Peterborough, Northumberland, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton, we are actively engaged in prevention education to raise public awareness around the issues, attitudes, and systemic barriers that contribute to ongoing cycles of violence. We seek to empower and educate individuals, youth, families, communities, community groups, sports teams, schools, businesses and agencies through specialized training and community development, with the goal of building our collective ability to respond to and prevent sexual and gender-based harm.
At the Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre, we define sexual violence as “[a]ny violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality” (United Nations). We recognize that gender-based violence can happen to people of all genders, and that some groups are especially at risk of this type of traumatic harm, including: female-identified people; people living with disabilities; Indigenous, Black and people of colour; members of the LGBTQ2SAII+ community,. According to the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, our provincial association, sexual violence is as “a broad term that describes a continuum of aggression, abuse and violence. It includes, but is not limited to sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape (date, marital, partner, stranger, gang), ritual abuse, sexual harassment, incest, childhood sexual abuse, molestation, stalking, indecent/sexualized exposure, degrading sexual imagery, voyeurism, exhibitionism, dissemination of sexual photographs electronically (cyberviolence and harassment), rape during armed conflict, trafficking and sexual exploitation.”