Sexual Assault Program

This program is funded by the Ministry of the Attorney General. Working in partnership with the Superior East O.P.P., Wawa Fire Department and the Lady Dunn Health Centre, WAVS provides short-term practical assistance to victims of crime, tragedy, disaster, accidents and sexual assault.

Specially trained volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to provide emotional support, practical assistance, and information and referrals. We strive to lessen the effects of victimization, encourage victims to connect with the appropriate services, assist police in their response to the needs of victims, and provide opportunities for the community to become more involved in crime prevention efforts.

Sexual assault services

Sexual assault services are available to women 16 years of age and older living in Wawa, Hawk Junction, Michipicoten River Village, and Michipicoten First Nation.

Victims of both recent and historical sexual assaults/abuse are eligible for services and can be referred by local agencies. Services can also be obtained by visiting the office.

The Sexual Assault Program includes:

  • Counselling
  • Accompaniment
  • Referrals
  • Information/Resources
  • Advocacy
  • Public Education

What is Sexual Assault

  • Any unwanted or non- consensual sexual act
  • May include kissing, fondling, vaginal, oral or anal intercourse/ penetration
  • Can happen to any one regardless of age, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic class or religion
  • Perpetrators can be male or female, unknown, a date, or a significant other
  • It is about POWER not lust
  • It is a CRIME!

Sexual Assault Facts

  • 54% of girls under the age 16 have experienced some form of unwanted sexual attention
  • Only 6% of all sexual assaults are reported to the police, it is estimated that only 1% of acquaintance assaults are reported
  • In 2000, 77% of female victims of sexual assault were assaulted by someone they knew
  • The risk of being sexually assaulted is 4 times higher for women ages 16 to 24
  • In Canada, 1 in 4 sex offenders are teenagers
  • Approximately 1 in 12 sexual assaults result in pregnancy
  • Only 27 % of women whose sexual assault met the legal definition of rape considered their experience rape.

Other Important Resources

705-856-2848 or toll free 1-800-461-2242

Centre Victoria pour femmes:
705-856-0065 or toll free 1-877-336-2433

Algoma Public Health:
705-856-7208 or toll free 1-888-211-8074

Women In Crisis (Algoma) Inc.:
705-759-1230 or toll free 1-877-759-1230

Sexual Assault Care Centre: 705-759-3664

SAH Emergency Department: 705-759-3434

Sexual Assault Helpline: 1-800-205-7100