PE Government: Survey available to improve support for survivors of adult sexual violence

Press Release

Sept. 20, 2021

Sexual Assault Awareness Week, September 20-24, is a time to raise public awareness about sexual assault and educate people and communities on how to better respond to and prevent sexual violence.

The PEI government is creating a strategy for a coordinated approach to prevent and address harm associated with adult sexual violence in the province.  As part of the strategy, individuals who experienced adult sexual violence and service providers who support them, are invited to complete an anonymous survey to gather information about:

  • accessing support services on PEI;
  • barriers to accessing support services;
  • ways to improve access to support services.

The survey does not include any questions on personal experience with adult sexual violence and all responses are anonymous.

“Systemic changes, including changing attitudes toward violence and toward survivors of violence, are essential to changing behaviours and making a long-term impact. We want our communities to be safe for everyone and to ensure the right support is available for people who have experienced sexual violence.”

– Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Natalie Jameson

To participate in the online survey and for more information on supports, visit Supports for Adult Sexual Violence.  To request a paper copy, call 902-368-6494 or email (link sends e-mail).

“The activities that take place during Sexual Assault Awareness Week, like the Only Yes Means Yes poster campaign on consent and Take Back the Night March on September 23, raise Islanders’ awareness of the problem of sexual violence and opportunities to engage in making meaningful personal and systemic change,” said Dr. Rachael Crowder, Executive Director, PEI Rape and Sexual Assault Centre.

The provincial government is committed to continued collaboration with community groups, departments and agencies, and indigenous communities and organizations, to counteract discrimination, promote equality and, ultimately, prevent and reduce all forms of violence and abuse.

If you or someone you know is experiencing sexualized violence, please reach out for support. If you are in danger, call 911 or your local police. To find supports you can call 211 or the Island Helpline 1-800-218-2885.

Media Contact:
Autumn Tremere
Senior Communications Officer


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