Sexual assault centre gets $100K in emergency funding
Avalon Sexual Assualt Centre says it has seen more calls since Rehtaeh Parsons’s death
The Nova Scotia government will provide $100,000 in one-time, emergency funding for a centre that helps the victims of sexual assault in Halifax.
The Avalon Sexual Assault Centre says it has seen a surge in calls since the death of Rehtaeh Parsons and is struggling to meet an increased demand for help from families and victims of sexual violence.
"Currently there are staff that are not working on a full-time basis and that will allow us to reinstate people back to the full-time position, which will also result in increased counselling hours. Additionally, we would be looking at adding another counsellor to the team who would be able to address the wait list we currently have" said Irene Smith, executive director of the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre.
In addition to the money for Avalon, the government is creating a $100,000 emergency fund to help other groups that help victims of sexual violence.
Those organizations can request funding if there's an increased demand for services.