To all who come here… Believe.
Today is my birthday…this appointment is my gift to myself.
The more I face my fears the more free I become. I know one day I will be through this.
Gradually you feel whole again. One day at a time, one foot in front of the other.
I have found an inner strength I never know I had. I can survive this – you can too.
It is never your fault. Don’t let someone else define your life.
Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.
There takes a great deal of community collaboration to fully support victims of sexual abuse/sexual assault. CASASC works closely with the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre, the Outreach Centre, the Central Alberta Woman’s Shelter, Alberta Health/Mental Health, the RCMP, Probation and many others. The more we work together the stronger the social safety net becomes, as we all form a piece of it.
Each agency is reporting ever increasing demands for service. It is difficult to determine the reasons for the increased pressures we are all experiencing but, specific to CASASC, one reason is certainly awareness of the services we provide. As an example, in a six month period in 2017 CASASC had 208 new clients come to the Centre for counseling, representing 16 different community referral sources. This is a strong indication that CASASC is well known and respected among other local community agencies. This level of referral also means that the counseling staff is working to capacity.
That said, CASASC is working very strategically to get our name and services better known within the community at large, moving slowly to make sure we have the capacity to meet the needs of those who then may choose to self-refer. A good example of this approach is the number of men we are seeing. In 2016, 76% of CASASC clients were female and 20% male. In 2017, 74% were female and 20% male. CASASC is known to be inclusive and non-judgmental, as noted in our Core Values.