Sexual Assault and Abuse - Alberta Human Services - Government of Alberta

Sexual Assault and Abuse

The terms sexual assault and abuse are often used interchangeably with the term sexual violence.

Sexual violence broadly refers to any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality. Sexual violence in all of its forms is a crime. It is more than just a legal issue – it is also a public health issue, social issue and a violation of human rights.

Similar to family violence, sexual violence has no boundaries. It affects people of all social, cultural and demographic spheres. It can happen to children, women and men – both young and old. The one common thread among survivors is that they feel violated and are required to confront the emotional, psychological and physical effects of the crime committed against them.

Sexual violence often goes unreported and some consider it to be a personal issue that should be dealt with privately.

Clearly, sexual violence is everyone’s issue. If we all take responsibility for turning this around, Alberta can be a place where children, youth, women and men are living healthy, safe and respectful lives, free from sexual violence.

Help is available

If you have been affected by sexual violence, you can find help and information by contacting the sexual assault centre nearest you.

Role of Community and Social Services

Community and Social Services is one of 11 Government of Alberta ministries that are working with Status of Women who leads government’s actions to address sexual violence in Alberta.

The ministry provides $4.1 million annually to support sexual assault centres across the province and their provincial organization, the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS). AASAS and its network of sexual assault centres deliver healing and recovery programs, services and supports for Albertans affected by sexual violence.

Community and Social Services also gave a grant to AASAS for its public awareness campaign #IBelieveYou to support survivors.

Modified: 2017-11-17
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