Parry Sound Sexual Assault Services provides supportive, feminist counselling and therapy services that are confidential, non-judgmental, and client-centered. Counselling is available to women who have experienced sexual violence, regardless of whether or not they choose to report this abuse to the police. Issues that may be addressed during counselling and therapy sessions include:
• childhood sexual abuse
• historical and recent sexual assault
• acquaintance and date rape
• sexual harassment
Women can refer themselves for counselling or therapy by calling either the Parry Sound office. All services are free of charge, and are provided on a face-to-face basis.
Information and support may also be offered for the partners, families, and friends of sexual assault survivors, as required.
Crisis Support and Short-Term Counselling:
PSSAS offers crisis support and short-term counselling to provide immediate intervention, information on coping strategies, and referrals to other services. An appointment can usually be arranged within 5 business days.
Depending on demand, waiting lists may exist for the SAIL programs. If this occurs, PSSAS offers a variety of services in addition to the crisis support and short-term counselling described about. This includes: the provision of information that may be obtained in person or through the mail; access to lending libraries in the Parry Sound offices; participation in women’s drop-in programs (South River, Parry Sound, Bracebridge, and Huntsville); and, support and referral via telephone.
Women’s Sexual Assault Help Line:
This help line provides 24-hour-a-day support and referral services. It is free, safe, and confidential, and staffed by trained women who provide support from an empowerment-based, non-judgmental approach which recognizes and respects the strength of individual women.
7 William Street, Suite # 3,
Parry Sound, ON
Phone: (705) 774-9083 or 1-877-851-6662
Fax: (705) 774-9728
Lauren Power (Executive Director):
(Parry Sound Area Coordinator)
Diane Kalverda (Sexual Assault Therapist –
Parry Sound): email@example.com