get involved

Learn more about how to get involved with the work of the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre

Volunteer

Our volunteers are a group of women who provide and invaluable service to our community and to survivors of sexual violence in the greater Fredericton area. FSAC’s volunteers must identify as women in a way that is significant to them.  We use an inclusive definition of “woman” and “female” and we welcome trans women, genderqueer women, and non-binary people who are significantly female-identified. Involvement with the Centre gives volunteers the opportunity to gain experience, knowledge and skills in many areas, including crisis counselling, advocacy, non-profit organizations and a variety of issues related to sexual violence.

Responsibilities

The 24 hour support line is the central activity of the Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre; however, it is not our sole focus. Ultimately, our goal is to work towards the eradication of the need for sexual assault services. To this end, we are a feminist based, pro-choice organization that engages in action, prevention and education to promote the equality of all women in order to bring about an end to sexual violence.

Our volunteers take between 4-6 shifts on our support line and also accompany those who have been sexually assaulted to the hospital and/or police station when requested. Our volunteers are actively involved in different aspects of Centre work (i.e. public speaking, advocacy, fundraising, calls, etc) and are expected to attend the monthly meetings.

Application Process

Interested applicants must complete the following steps in order to become a volunteer at FSAC.

  • Complete a Volunteer Application Package. You can access this application here
  • Once the application has been completed and returned to FSAC, successful candidates will be contacted for an interview
  • Once the interviews are complete and the applicant is determined to be a good fit for the training, they are invited to participate in the next training session.
  • Once training is complete, all volunteers participate in a final role-play and a final interview to determine readiness for the support line and suitability for volunteering with FSAC

How Men / Male Identified Persons Can Help

We appreciate calls and inquiries from Male / male identified allies about how they can help in the struggle to eradicate sexual violence.
The Fredericton Sexual Assault Centre is often asked how men can be involved.  As part of our Youth Sexual Violence Prevention Program, FSAC does a lot of work in the local middle and high schools. These programs involve working with youth to address issues of gender stereotypes, sexual assault myths, and how the media impacts healthy relationships.  Interested individuals must complete our training sessions; Sexual Assault Crisis Intervention Training and The Empowerment Project/Man to Man facilitator training in order to begin the process of becoming one of our program facilitators.

If you are interested in learning more about this work please contact our Program Coordinator.  
As well, FSAC partners with White Ribbon Fredericton, a local committee part of the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end men’s violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. If you are interested in becoming a member of White Ribbon Fredericton please visit White Ribbon Fredericton

Volunteer FAQ

What is covered in training for the 24-Hour Sexual Assault Support Line?

The training covers topics such as: feminism, privilege and oppression, why sexual violence happens, basic counselling skills, medical and legal aspects of sexual assault, suicide intervention, child sexual abuse, adult survivors and advocacy.

When is training for the 24-Hour Sexual Assault Support Line

Training is offered twice a year, in the Spring and the Fall

What happens if I miss a session?

If you miss a session, you will be able to participate in the next training, but will be required to attend all sessions from the beginning.

Where is the training?

The training is offered at the FSAC office, Wednesday evenings and some Saturdays.

Do I have to attend all training sessions?

Yes all sessions are mandatory.

What is my commitment as a volunteer on the 24-Hour Sexual Assault Support Line?

FSAC requires that volunteers cover 4-6 shifts per month on the support line as well as a one year commitment to the organization.

Volunteer Application Package