The CALACS that are members of the organization focus on women and teenage girls who were victims of sexual assault, recently or in the past, and on their relatives and close friends. Their mission is to help sexual assault victims.
The CALACS members and the three components of action
For women to regain power over their lives: the CALACS provide individual help services and group support meetings.
To defend their rights to integrity and justice: the CALACS provide support services for victims and their relatives and close friends throughout the judicial process. They may also provide support with health services and other organizations, as needed by the victims.
Prevention and Awareness
To stop the many myths and prejudices associated with sexual assaults and to change mentalities, discriminatory attitudes, sexist and racist behaviours: the CALACS offer awareness activities, information, training and visibility activities aimed at organizations, as well as at the media and the public.
The CALACS provide prevention and awareness activities to young people in schools (healthy relationships, hypersexualisation and prevention of sexual assaults).
Fight and Collective Defence of Rights
To bring about social, political and legal changes to stop violence against women: the CALACS make representations and are part of discussions at local and regional work tables. The CALACS provide opportunities to get involved in the fight and to join in the social debate by taking part in days of action and demonstration.
- Day of action against sexual violence against women
- The 12 days of action to end violence against women
- International Women's Day
To get help, information or to get involved, contact the CALACS in your region.
The Quebec Coalition of Sexual Assault Centers (RQCALACS) and its members highlight, on Friday September 21st 2018, the 37th day of action on sexual violence against women by launching a new campaign: Ça me regarde!
C’est avec déception que nous avons pris connaissance du reportage où est diffusé un extrait d’une animation tirée du programme Empreinte – Agir ensemble contre les agressions à caractère sexuel. Le traitement médiatique qui a été réservé à ce thème délicat mais ô combien essentiel, met en lumière les défis que rencontrent les initiatives de prévention et de sensibilisation dans un contexte où les mythes et préjugés prennent parfois le dessus sur les droits de chacun et chacune de vivre une vie exempte de violence.
The Calacs launche the campaign #WeBelieveYou : « a plateform to commemorate the courage of thousands of women who at the time of the movement #BeenRapedNeverReported a year ago in November 2014 chose to tell their story or to denounce the sexual violence they had experienced. It is also a way to send a clear and unequivocal message to the victims: we believe you and to the relatives and loved ones: believe them», explains Nathalie Duhamel.