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New grant supports sexual assault survivors in BC

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 3:10 PDT, Tue May 26, 2020

A three-year BC grant program will provide $10 million to support survivors of sexual assault.

The new program will be administered by the Ending Violence Association of BC (EVA BC) in collaboration with several government ministries. 

The longstanding association provides information, training and support to community-based victim service programs, counselling programs and outreach throughout the province. The new grant will allow for more community-based emergency sexual assault response services. 

Sexual assault disproportionately impacts women, girls and LGBTQ2S+ people. Indigenous women and girls are especially at risk of being targeted.

“Sexual assault is considered the most under-reported, violent crime in Canada, and while other violent crime is on the decline, sexual assault is on the rise,” said EVA BC executive director Tracy Porteous. “Early intervention, as well as emotional and practical support for survivors, have proven to be lifesaving.”

To learn more about EVA BC, visit: https://endingviolence.org/

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