The Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre (FSAC) provides a safe and supportive space for survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse. We offer both individual and group counselling to survivors of sexual violence.
In addition to our counselling services, we offer a 24-hour sexual assault support line that is staffed by well-trained volunteers.
Go somewhere you feel secure and protected. Phone the police if you think you're still in danger or at risk. If possible, call someone you trust and ask them if they can be with you.
If you have just experienced a sexual assault, you may have internal or external injuries that require medical attention. There may also be some risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections. A Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre volunteer can accompany you to the hospital where a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner can provide specialized care and also gather forensic evidence if you are reporting the assault to police. You do not need to report to police to receive specialize care from the hospital team.
Sexual assault is a traumatic, deeply personal experience. There is no right or wrong way to feel or to respond. Reactions can be physcal, emotional, mental or spiritual -- or any combination of them.
Try talking to someone. The hours immediately after a sexual assault are very confusing, and making decisions is difficult. You don't have to cope with your experience alone. Being able to talk to someone you trust, such as a relative, friend, teacher, counsellor or sexual assault support volunteer, can be an important step in your process of recovery.
Sometimes people who have been sexually assaulted feel as though it is their fault or that they contributed to their assault. Sexual assault is never the fault of the survivor. It does not matter who you were with, what you were doing or where you were. The Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre is here to help you through this difficult time.
There is no right or wrong answer about reporting what has happened to the police, only what the right choice is for you. You might not feel like doing it right now, but you may want to later on.
Telling the police soon after the assault does give them accurate information and, potentially, access to more evidence that can be used if you decide to proceed in the future.
If you are unsure about reporting to police, some hospitals in New Brunswick (the Moncton Hospital, the Saint John Regional Hospital, and the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton) offer a freezer option where a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner can collect evidence and store it in a freezer until you decide whether or not you want to report, for up to 6 months.
If you are in the Fredericton region, a Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre volunteer can accompany you to the police if you are reporting or you can call the support line to talk through what is involved in reporting to police. If you want to report the assault to police, don't wash, bathe or change your clothes until you have been looked after and a medical examination is done. It’s important to save any evidence that may still exist on your body or clothing.
After Sexual Assault is a guide for those who have experienced sexual assault that explains what can happen after a sexual assault, how you may be feeling, and how you may be feeling. You can download the resources here.
The Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre (FSAC) offers a 24-hour confidential sexual assault support line for anyone affected by sexual violence, or anyone supporting someone affected by sexual violence. The support line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
to access the 24-hour sexual assault support line
The Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre (FSAC) offers individual and group counselling for people who have been affected by sexual violence, for example, sexual abuse, sexual assault, and sexual harassment.
Counselling is provided by professionals who have completed, or are enrolled in, recognized counselling and social work degree programs.
As a feminist-based organization, we believe that the individual seeking counselling is the expert of their own experience. FSAC believes that sharing knowledge, skills, and perceptions is therapeutically effective. Clients at FSAC will be treated with respect and dignity in a nonjudgmental and supportive environment. Individual counselling is offered to any woman aged 16 or over.
FSAC does not charge clients a fee for counselling services or for participation in groups. Counselling is conducted in a confidential manner. FSAC adheres to the Canadian Social Work and the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association Codes of Ethics.
We start with an intake session which is a one-time session with one of our counsellors. The counsellor will meet with you to talk about how we can best meet your needs at this time.
Once a space opens up, a counsellor will contact you to make arrangements to meet regularly for one-on-one sessions. Sessions are client led; counselling sessions ends when the client is comfortable they have met the goals they and their counsellor have agreed upon at the beginning of counselling.
A variety of group programs are offered at FSAC for those impacted by sexual violence to support one another to acknowledge and address effects within a safe, supportive environment. Each group is facilitated by two counsellors.
New groups are generally offered in the Fall and Spring as needed. Participants must complete an interview and be 19 years of age or older.To inquire about support groups call the FSAC office 506-454-0460.