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5 Phrases for Supporting a Disclosure​

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5 Phrases for Supporting a Disclosure​

Supporting someone who is disclosing sexual assault or abuse can feel overwhelming, and it’s common for people to worry that they won’t know what to say, or that they’ll say the wrong thing. Know that the most important thing is to just listen, and have empathy for what the person is saying. That said, in this audio we explore five key phrases you can use to support a disclosure, so that you can feel more confident in your support skills.
 

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Understanding and Setting Boundaries

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Understanding and Setting Boundaries

Understanding and setting boundaries is an important part of healthy relationships. Boundaries are created to protect oneself from harm. Boundaries can be physical or emotional. They can be visible or invisible. It is important to know how to express a boundary in every relationship.

Learn more about boundaries and how to communicate them as well as the importance of boundaries in our lives with this short video presentation.

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KSAC provides healing, safety, and support to those affected by sexual violence and harm, and aims to end sexual violence through prevention education within our communities.

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You Are More Than What Has Happened to You

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You Are More Than What Has Happened to You

Let us help put words to your experience.

The Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre helps hundreds of people tell their stories of sexual violence each year in Peterborough, Northumberland, Haliburton, and Kawartha Lakes.

KSAC provides healing, safety, and support to those affected by sexual violence and harm, and aims to end sexual violence through prevention education within our communities.

Consultation: The Centre offers consultation services to both community agencies and to individuals who have questions about sexual violence and how they might access the services and support they need in their community.

Counselling & Group: The Centre offers individual counselling and various psychoeducational and supportive groups. We also offer workshops on-site and in community.

Accompaniment & Advocacy: Our Centre offers accompaniment to the hospital, connecting with the police,and emotional support at court hearings.

Professional Training and Educational Presentations: Contact the Centre for customized learning and awareness.

Check out the footer below or our Contact page for more information to connect with us.

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Did you know that it costs $50 a month to support one survivor?

KSAC provides healing, safety, and support to those affected by sexual violence and harm, and aims to end sexual violence through prevention education within our communities.

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Charitable Business Number: 107837528RR0001

People of All

Backgrounds, genders, sexualities, ages and abilities are treated with respect and dignity in a nonjudgmental and supportive environment at Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre.

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How to Talk to Kids About Consent

How to Talk to Kids About Consent: Under 5 Years of Age

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How to Talk to Kids About Consent

Tips for how to talk to kids about consent

This information is geared to young children under 5 years of age, but introduces ideas to carry forward to kids, youth, and adults of all ages. Concepts include using clear and direct language, modelling your own boundaries as an example, helping them reflect, and fostering a consent culture in the family.

How to Talk to Kids About Consent: Under 5 Years of Age
1 Using clear and direct language
2 Point out other boundaries
3 Model your own boundaries
4 Teach them to ask for permission
5 Make note of emotional responses
6 Embrace we all talk about it mindset
How to Talk to Kids About Consent: Under 5 Years of Age
1 Using clear and direct language
2 Point out other boundaries
3 Model your own boundaries
4 Teach them to ask for permission
5 Make note of emotional responses
6 Embrace we all talk about it mindset
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Did you know that it costs $50 a month to support one survivor?

KSAC provides healing, safety, and support to those affected by sexual violence and harm, and aims to end sexual violence through prevention education within our communities.

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Charitable Business Number: 107837528RR0001

People of All

Backgrounds, genders, sexualities, ages and abilities are treated with respect and dignity in a nonjudgmental and supportive environment at Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre.

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Consent Ferris Wheel

Consent is ongoing like a FERRIS wheel

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Consent FERRIS Wheel

CONSENT IS
Consent is ongoing like a FERRIS Wheel
FREELY GIVEN
Consent is free from any kind of force, pressure or manipulation. All involved are free to choose without anything being used to influence them. This means consent has to happen between fully sober folks. Being impaired or feeling pressure to do something limits someone’s options and increases the chances of harm occurring.
ENGAGED
Everyone involved should be 100% interested in and engaged with what is happening. If you’re not sure if they’re fully into things, STOP what you are doing and check in with them.
REPEATED
Consent is ongoing and must be present during any interaction with someone. This includes folks who may already have a relationship built. You need consent each and every time, regardless of the relationship you have to that person or if it’s something both have consented to before.
REVERSIBLE
Those involved have every right to change their mind. An initial “yes” can become a “no” at any point in the process, even if it’s just before or during. As soon as you have any doubt they’re still having a good time, STOP and check in.
INFORMED
Everyone involved must know exactly what they are consenting to each and every time. The easiest way to make sure that all parties involved are fully informed about what the plans are and how everyone feels about them is to talk about things beforehand.
SPECIFIC
Consent is specific to what is happening now between folks. It does not cover future interactions even with the same person. Everyone involved needs to know the details of what it is they are agreeing to – the more specific we are about the interaction, the better.
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Consent is ongoing like a FERRIS wheel

Consent is Ongoing Like a FERRIS Wheel


The consent ferris wheel is a handy tool for remembering the important elements of consent. Consent is:

FREELY GIVEN

Free from any kind of force, pressure or manipulation.

All involved are free to choose without anything being used to influence them. This means consent has to happen between fully sober folks. Being impaired or feeling pressure to do something limits someone’s options and increases the chances of harm occurring.

ENGAGED

Everyone involved should be 100% interested in and engaged with what is happening.

If you’re not sure if they’re fully into things, STOP what you are doing and check in with them.

REPEATED

Consent is ongoing and must be present during any interaction with someone.

This includes folks who may already have a relationship built. You need consent each and every time, regardless of the relationship you have to that person or if it’s something both have consented to before.

REVERSIBLE

Those involved have every right to change their mind.

An initial “yes” can become a “no” at any point in the process, even if it’s just before or during. As soon as you have any doubt they’re still having a good time, STOP and check in.

INFORMED

Everyone involved must know exactly what they are consenting to each and every time.

The easiest way to make sure that all parties involved are fully informed about what the plans are and how everyone feels about them is to talk about things beforehand.

SPECIFIC

Consent is specific to what is happening now between folks.

It does not cover future interactions even with the same person. Everyone involved needs to know the details of what it is they are agreeing to – the more specific we are about the interaction, the better.

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Did you know that it costs $50 a month to support one survivor?

KSAC provides healing, safety, and support to those affected by sexual violence and harm, and aims to end sexual violence through prevention education within our communities.

Contact Us

Get Involved

Charitable Business Number: 107837528RR0001

People of All

Backgrounds, genders, sexualities, ages and abilities are treated with respect and dignity in a nonjudgmental and supportive environment at Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre.

A KSAC logo displaying on a progressive pride flag button alongside an accessibility symbol of a person in a wheelchair signal KSAC's commitment to accessibility and inclusivity