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Stewards of Children: Stewards of Children is a training program that teaches adults to prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. The program was created by the organization Darkness to Light, a national non-profit based out of South Carolina. Angela Johnston, Valley Cloth Diaper Company owner and operator, is an Authorized Facilitator of this training program. Authorized Facilitator’s are trained by Darkness to Light to deliver this program to organizations, professionals, and individuals.
Chrysalis House: Chrysalis House is a non-profit grassroots organization that provides shelter, support, counselling, advocacy, and outreach for abused women and their children. Services are available for women who have been psychologically, emotionally, physically, and/or sexually abused.
Around the Province of Nova Scotia
Sexual Health Nova Scotia is dedicated to promoting healthy sexuality throughout the life span, in an environment that respects and supports choice. NSASH is the representative body of the autonomous affiliates of the Canadian Federation for Sexual Health who are located in Nova Scotia.
The Antigonish Women’s Resource Centre (AWRC & SASA) is a feminist, community-based women’s organization that opened in 1983. SASA stands for Sexual Assault Services Association.
Sexual Health Centre of Cumberland County is a sexuality resource centre that is dedicated to promoting healthy sexuality for all Cumberland County and Nova Scotia residents in an environment that respects and supports choice.
The Halifax Sexual Health Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization that promotes sexual and reproductive health within an environment that respects and supports individual choice.
The Pictou County Centre for Sexual Health is a non-profit, pro-choice organization that has been serving Pictou County since 1979.
South Shore Sexual Health Centre: We believe that all people have the right to access information regarding sexual health, and we promote healthy sexuality throughout the life span. We are a pro-choice, youth-positive organization, respectful of age, gender, sexual orientation and diversity.
Tearmann House (New Glasgow). The name TEARMANN comes from a Gaelic word meaning ‘refuge’. While members of the Tearmann Society engage in various activities in support of the victims of family violence, the most important role of Tearmann House is to be a safe place for battered women and their children.
The Self-Help Connection (SHC) is a non-profit, registered charitable organization set up in 1987 to promote self-help groups throughout Nova Scotia. They are a great help to new groups starting up, or to assist existing groups to promote themselves and develop leadership. Many good resources on their web site.
Thrive: advocates for children who may be potential victims of child abuse and provides leadership is helping child survivors of abuse in the Hamilton, Ontario region.
Canadian Association of Sexual Assault Centres: We are a Pan Canadian group of sexual assault centres who have come together to implement the legal, social and attitudinal changes necessary to prevent, and ultimately eradicate, rape and sexual assault. As feminists we recognize that violence against women is one of the strongest indicators of prevailing societal attitudes towards women. The intent of the Canadian Association is to act as a force for social change regarding violence against women at the individual, the institutional and the political level.
At The Gatehouse® we believe strongly in the need for community support in the aftermath of child abuse. Our unique services address the needs of children and their families, youth and adults whose lives have been affected by childhood abuse. A safe and comfortable environment like The Gatehouse® gives people a comforting place where they can feel supported.
The Assaulted Women’s Helpline offers a 24-hour telephone and TTY crisis line to all women who have experienced abuse. We provide counselling, emotional support, information and referrals. We recognize abuse as one example ofwomen’s social, political and economic inequality in the world. The Helpline is dedicated to working towards equality for all women.
Men and Healing. [Based in Ottawa] Psychotherapy isn’t necessarily designed for men. Too many guys think psychotherapy is meant for women. We disagree. That is why, individually and collectively, we are one of Canada’s leading agencies in a male-centred approach to psychology and therapy. Our over 20-years experience and leadership in engaging men in a process of change with integrity is well known. We provide individual and couple counselling, as well as a specialized healing program for men who have experienced sexual or physical abuse as children, anger management, emotional intelligence and fathering.
The British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (BCSMSSA) is a non-profit society established to provide therapeutic services for males who have been sexually abused at some time in their lives.
The Office of the Federal Ombudsman for Victims of Crime is an independent resource for victims in Canada. The Office was created in 2007 to ensure the federal government meets its responsibilities to victims of crime.
Little Warriors is a charitable organization with a national focus that educates adults about how to help prevent,recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. Little Warriors also provides information about the prevalence and frequency of child sexual abuse and information about healing and support resources.
Edmonton’s Zebra Child Protection Centre, the first centre of its kind in Canada, enables our community to respond to child abuse with a professional, compassionate and highly integrated program of healing and justice.
Action Canada for Sexual Health & Rights is a progressive, pro-choice charitable organization committed to advancing and upholding sexual and reproductive health and rights in Canada and globally.
In the United States
The Child Abuse Prevention Association helps children and their families overcome the traumatic effects of child abuse, especially in child molestation. CAPA also provides educational programs designed to increase awareness of abuse and how to prevent it as well as providing case management and other support services to help create strong families and decrease the chances of abuse/neglect.
Since 1972, Prevent Child Abuse America (PCA America) has led the way in building awareness, providing education and inspiring hope to everyone involved in the effort to prevent the abuse and neglect of our nation’s children. Working with our chapters, we provide leadership to promote and implement prevention efforts at both the national and local levels. With the help of our state chapters and concerned individuals like you we’re valuing children, strengthening families and engaging communities nationwide.
The Child Molestation Research and Prevention Institute is an American website which provides information and facts around prevention, treatment, etc. of childhood sexual abuse.
The Men’s Center is a resource for everyone, including men and women, individuals, families and businesses. We work with people of all backgrounds as they seek to improve their cognitive and emotional health as well as their overall well-being.
(Wo)Men Speak Out™ is a non-profit organization dedicated to eradicating rape, sexual assault and gender violence. We seek to educate both men and women, cultivating healthy relationships and gender equity.
Vital Cycles offers a healing process which allows you to foster your own spirituality or other belief systems. Download the Healing-Toolkit-Vital-Cycles support group manual.
Bikers Against Child Abuse, Inc. (BACA) is a non-profit, 501-C-3 tax exempt organization that exists to provide aid, comfort, safety, and support for children that have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused. We are dedicated to the principle that one of the basic rights of childhood is to be safe and protected, and when the child’s family and environment have failed them, we stand ready to provide it to them.
Adult Survivors of Child Abuse (ASCA SM) is an international self-help support group program designed specifically for adult survivors of neglect, physical, sexual, and/or emotional abuse. The ASCA SM program offers:
- Community based self-help support groups
- Provider based self-help support groups
- Web based self-help support groups
- Survivor to Thriver workbooks
We started Gift From Within in 1993 with the intention of giving trauma survivors, their loved ones and supporters a credible online website that was friendly and supportive. PTSD is real and we wanted to explain the condition without being too technical or too superficial. Gift From Within believes that persons with PTSD and related traumatic stress syndromes deserve the same respect and support that individuals and families suffering the impact of cancer, heart disease and stroke receive. At least 10,000,000 Americans have experienced some form of PTSD. Gift From Within was founded to help provide this support. Proceeds from the sale of the materials will be dedicated to accomplishing this mission. You can help with your purchase or donation.