I live in a large, mostly rural area in ON that has no sexual assault centre and very limited (and in my opinion, degendered) services for women who have experienced sexual assault. I am on the board of our region's only women's shelter and we have decided to just move forward ourselves and start a SAC with a crisis line, accompanyment and advocacy service and we can juggle some crisis councelling into this first stage as well. We do eventually plan a full service sexual assault centre with community education and a women's resource centre. .
We have been very fortunate to have an established neighbouring area Sexual Sssault Centre run by fabulous feminist women who will train and mentor us through these first stages. They have had their funding for many years so this may be our real challenge as we will be starting from scratch.
Does anyone have experience setting a SAC up? Any tips? Any pitfalls? Any experience w new funding?
I've been on many SAC sites and funding varies---I know that the ministry that funds some of our beds in the shelter won't fund SAC---in ON it seems to be MAG. Anyone in the know?
I'm hoping to avoid any snarls by hearing other women's experiences.