2020 Investee: Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region (SASC) was founded in October 1989, with an anonymous $1000 gift and donated airtime from an answering service as a 24 Hour Support Line. This was due to the efforts of 25 volunteers, 10 of whom worked endless shifts during those first months.
SASC has now grown to 20 staff members, 65 volunteers, and multiple locations. They offer free, wrap-around services and support to people and their families who have experienced sexual violence. They provide individual and group counselling, a 24 Hour Support Line, and advocacy and accompaniments for those navigating court, police, and medical processes. SASC also has a dedicated Anti-Human Trafficking Program. In addition to support services, they are committed to preventing sexual violence through education and social justice work.
Chief Executive Officer: Sara Casselman
SVP Waterloo Region Lead Partners: Ginny Dybenko, Shannon McTaggart