Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
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Chelsea’s Series 2021
Understanding Human Sex Trafficking & Online Sexual Exploitation in Waterloo Region
February 22-28, 2021


This coming Monday is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. In honour of this important day, we are pleased to partner with Waterloo Region Crime Prevention CouncilMT Space, Kitchener Public Library, The Princess Theatre, Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation and Kindred Credit Union to present Chelsea's Series.

This series consists of eight virtual events (including readings of the play "Chelsea's Story") that are totally free!  Our team will be participating in a panel discussion, talk-backs, and even facilitating a couple of workshops! Some events are already "sold out", so be sure to register soon.

Here's a snapshot of what to expect:

February 22:
Human Trafficking in Our Communities: Guelph, Waterloo and Wellington Region

6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion:

  • Ashley Hendricks – Victim Services of Waterloo Region & Victim Services Wellington
  • Katie Montague – Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis
  • Nazia Siddiqiu – WHAI Program at ARCH Guelph
  • Nicky Carswell – Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
  • Nicole Hodgson – Elora House
February 23:
Chelsea’s Story Play Reading for Educators and School Board

7:00 - 9:30 p.m.
Reading by MT Space with Talk-Back Facilitated by SASC
February 24:
Honey Bee: Film Screening and Q&A

7:00 p.m.
After film Q&A with The Victim Witness Assistance Anti-Trafficking Coordinator and the Filmmaker.
February 25:
Chelsea’s Story Play Reading for Parents and the General Public

7:00 p.m.
Reading by MT Space with Talk-Back Facilitated by SASC.
February 26:
Reflecting on Chelsea’s Story: An Upstream Conversation

7:00 p.m.
Panel Discussion:
  • Lori Campbell – Director, Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre
  • Jennifer Caskie – Assistant Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Neil Desai – Vice President, Magnet Forensics
  • Tamara Menon – Founder, YUVA Arts Project

February 27:
Chelsea’s Story Play Reading for families including kids 12+

2:00 p.m.
Reading by MT Space with Talk-Back Facilitated by SASC.
February 28:
Supporting Youth Who Have Experienced Online Exploitation, Facilitated by SASC

10 a.m.
This workshop will provide information about how to respond to disclosures of online exploitation and the first steps to supporting youth survivors. This workshop is perfect for parents, teachers, social workers, or anyone with young people in their lives.
February 28:
The Role Men Play in Sexual Exploitation, Facilitated by SASC

12 p.m.
This workshop will explore the role men can play in ending human trafficking.

Click here for more info or to register!
Click here for a RAP sheet on Human Sex Trafficking
International Women's Day (The Unbreakable Spirit)
Monday March 8 | 12 - 1:30 p.m.
In honour of International Women's Day, we want to celebrate the pieces that make you, YOU! The good, the bad, and the golden. This workshop will focus on empowerment, community, and the healing journey. As a part of this workshop, we will be sending you a self-discovery exercise to complete from the comfort of your home. What's required to participate? Provide your address upon registration, then keep your eyes peeled on the mail! 
*Registration will be capped at 50 participants. We hope to see you, a phenomenal woman. 

Facing the Dentist Chair
Tuesday, March 16 | 1 - 2:30 p.m.
This workshop is for survivors of sexual violence who have apprehensions about returning to the dentist after trauma. We will discuss how anxiety can impact this experience and tangible ways to mitigate these fears to prioritise your health! 

Alone Together: Check-In
Date/Time: Every Friday | 2 - 3:30 p.m.  
An open online support group where survivors can connect and discuss how they are coping and what has been challenging and helpful in their healing journey. 

LGBTQ+ Healthy Relationships Support Space 
Second Thursday of every month | 6:30 - 8 p.m. | Next session is Thursday, March 11, 2021!
March Theme: Setting Boundaries
An open space for folks in the LGBT2Q+ community to discuss healthy relationships. There will be information shared as well as opportunities to discuss. Each month will have a different focus. This group will be facilitated by counsellors who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community and is in partnership with Spectrum.

Click here to register for a Group or Workshop
Family Court Peer Support
Date/Time: Every other Tuesday (Starts December 1) | 12 - 1 p.m.
This free, ongoing group is open to women and non-binary folks that have experienced abuse, control or violence in their relationship and/or family, and are at the beginning, middle, or end of their journey through the Family Court System.

Each week the discussion will be focused on a specific topic, and group members will have the opportunity to share their experiences in a safe, supportive environment.

Questions? Call Christina at 519-571-0121 ext. 806. 
Click here to register for Family Court Peer Support
Mark your calendars! SASC's 2nd Virtual Halloween Fun Run will take place on Saturday, October 23, 2021

Each dollar raised through this virtual event will strengthen our Centre’s mission of supporting survivors of sexual violence. Last year, our sponsors, donors and participants helped us raise $43,000. This year, we're setting a goal of $50,000!

Interested in supporting the #SASCFunRun? Email Laura Hill, Development and Communications Coordinator, for sponsorship opportunities. You can contact Laura at
In case you missed it, you can read more about why we're looking for 40 new monthly donors this year below.

We want to build a community of support around local survivors of sexual violence.

So in 2021, we are calling on 40 community members to join us as monthly donors. For as little as $10 a month, you can help us live out our motto to survivors: you are not alone.
Lately, our motto takes on new significance. ​Our Centre is working around the clock to ensure compassionate community care is there for survivors when they reach out. And they are reaching out, in record numbers. Last year, we saw a 55 per cent increase in requests for support from survivors. Today, we are taking action and hiring two additional Counsellor/Advocates to help us meet the demand, but with 160 survivors now on our waitlist, there is more work to do. Will you help us meet the demand?

Click here to make a monthly or one time donation!
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