HOPE 24/7- Confidential Records
ABOUT HOPE 24/7
Hope 24/7 is a non-profit organization that offers counselling services for all persons 12 & older who have been impacted by relationship & sexual violence. We are the provincially designated Sexual Assault Centre (SAC) for the Region of Peel, and serve a population of more than 1.4 million people. Since 1993, our aim is to assist those individuals who have experienced traumatic interpersonal violence, and to provide violence prevention programming so that we can actualize our vision of a community without relationship and sexual violence.
The Agency operates from a feminist, trauma-informed position, meaning that we understand that there are systemic barriers that magnify the intensity and impacts of gender-based violence. The Agency approaches its clients from the perspective that they have experienced traumatic events that have impacted their physical, emotional, psychological and spiritual beliefs; and for some individuals, the trauma distorts how they see themselves and the world in fundamental ways. Through evidence-based treatment and prevention programming, individuals who have experienced trauma can resume happy, healthy lives. Hope 24/7 is committed to providing such interventions.
Hope 24/7 is fighting to protect the rights and privacy of sexual assault survivors. An alleged rapist is fighting in court to have the health records of their victim be allowed to be used in court. By having their medical records used against them, victims are not only forced to re-live their trauma, but are also placed in a position where isolated incidents from their past may wrongly influence their verdict. Ultimately, situations such as this result in an enormous loss of privacy and dignity for sexual assault victims, and generate enough fear to deter victims from reporting sexual assault cases. Hope 24/7 will fight to keep private and confidential all materials related to its clients.
Through this campaign, we hope to raise $46,000 in order to pay for the legal fees associated with this unfavourable situation, and we are seeking your support in the form of donations. Charitable receipts are provided for any donated amount over $20.