Carleton's sexual assault support line
Every four hours, Julie Lalonde pulls a cell phone out of her purse. She turns it on, and waits for the phone to ring. When it does, there will be a woman on the other end of the line. She'll tell Julie she's ready to take calls, and that's the signal for Julie to forward her phone. Four hours later, she'll do it again.
In fact, for the past year, this has been Julie's routine every four hours between 8AM and midnight. Julie is the co-ordinator of the Carleton Sexual Assault Support line. And this week they're both celebrating their one-year anniversary, and lobbying to expand their services to a full-scale sexual assault support centre. Julie joined us in studio to explain why a crisis line isn't enough.