All posts in “sexual abuse”

Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Group Name: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter – Child & Youth Program

Description: Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter (EWS) was opened in 1983 by a group of community members who saw a need for a safe place for women and children fleeing violence. Since that time, Ernestine’s has assisted many families with critical immediate care services. Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter, an organization run by women, provides support and shelter for women and children escaping violence. Ernestine’s assists women and children in rebuilding their lives by providing crisis intervention and a range of holistic support services, while acknowledging the multitude of issues facing survivors of abuse. Ernestine’s adapts its services to honour diversity and the unique needs of the individual.

The Child and Youth Program is dedicated to supporting children and youth between the ages of zero to eighteen, including male youth up to 18 years old, pregnant women and mothers. EWS believes that children have the right to be separate and distinct from their parents and as a result this program is designed to meet the children’s individual needs. The program is designed and facilitated with age appropriate activities to enhance development in the following areas:

  • Healthy Emotional Expression
  • Impact of Violence – creating a safe place for children to discuss and share their own experiences of violence
  • Early Prevention – informing children of their rights and advocacy. The program provides individual and group counselling.

Where: P.O. Box 141, Stn. B | Etobicoke, ON M9W 5K9

When: Please call for more information on location and times.

Contact: 416-746-3701 press O (Crisis Line) | 416-743-1733 (Main Line) | |

MaleSurvivor – Support for Men of Sexual Victimization

Group Name: MaleSurvivor – Support for Men of Sexual Victimization

Description: MaleSurvivor provides critical resources to male survivors of sexual trauma and all their partners in recovery by building communities of hope, healing, and support. Most of the organizations that serve survivors of sexual abuse have been created by women for women. Because so few people know that large numbers of males are sexually abused, male survivors have been unseen, neglected and therefore underserved. Sadly, for males caught in this tragedy not of their own making, instead of needed understanding they confront profound misunderstanding in a culture that values invulnerability and denial of pain as essential qualities of manliness. Men simply are not allowed to admit that they have been sexually exploited and abused!

MaleSurvivor recognizes and respects the diversity of sexual abuse survivors and caregivers. This problem is not limited to people of any particular gender, race, religion, age, nationality, socioeconomic class, or sexual orientation. Through its informational programs and services, MaleSurvivor also helps the public and the media to recognize and understand males who have been sexually abused, and most important, promotes the actions we all can take to confront and fight the realities, and destroy the myths, of male sexual abuse.

Admission Requirements: Admission interview to determine appropriateness. Survivors of childhood sexual abuse share experiences of hope and recovery. This group is ongoing, open ended. Survivors attend as long as they need to attend.

Where: 4768 Broadway, #527 | New York, U.S.A 10034

When: Mondays from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. Please call for more information on meeting location.

Contact: Lynne MacDonell 416 996 4050 | | Craig Bolton |

The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – Support for Teen Girls

Group Name: The Etobicoke Children’s Centre – WESAT Teen Girls

Description: At The Etobicoke Children’s Centre, we are dedicated to providing services to children, youth and their families who experience challenges related to mental health and autism. We believe in a collaborative approach to addressing the needs of children and youth, working with parents, caregivers, and the community to promote support for the individual child and awareness in​ the community. Our multidisciplinary team assists at every stage, providing prevention, early intervention, consultation, treatment, and transition support, according to each family’s unique needs.

The WESAT Teen Girls Group is for girls aged 13-18 who are survivors of sexual abuse. The goals of the group are:

  • Learn to understand the impact of sexual abuse/ sexual assault on you
  • Learn to cope with the effects of sexual abuse/ sexual assault
  • Talk to other young women with similar experiences
  • Get emotional support

The group meets once per week (early evenings) at The Etobicoke Children’s Centre. The group is completely confidential and there are no fees for registering or participating. Light refreshments are served. Who should come: Teen aged girls (13-18) who are survivors of sexual abuse. ***All participants are asked to participate in evaluation of their experience of this service.

Where: 27 Madison Ave. | Toronto, ON M6R 2S2

When: Call for dates.

Contact: Shamsa 416-240-1111 Ext: 2274 | |

YWCA – Breakthrough – Imagining New Directions

Group Name: YWCA – Breakthrough – Imagining New Directions

Description: YWCA Toronto is dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls. We help women and girls flee violence, secure housing, find jobs, establish their voices, enhance skills and develop confidence. We offer a range of housing options, employment and training programs, community support programs, girls’ programs and family programs; we also engage in systemic advocacy.

YWCA Toronto’s Breakthrough program offers free support groups to women who have been abused or harmed by other kinds of violence.

Imagining New Directions: for women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or incest.

Where: 87 Elm Street | Toronto, ON M5G 0A8

When: Groups run in three 12-week cycles: January-March, April-June and September-December. Call for more information.

Contact: 416-487-7151 Ext. 266 | |

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