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Our Mission and Values

Sexual Assault Centre Kingston is a not-for-profit organization providing free, confidential, non-judgemental support for all survivors, 12+, of recent and/or historic sexual violence in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington (KFL&A) since 1978.

SACK’s Vision

A community free of sexual violence.

SACK’s Mission

At the heart of our work is a deep partnership with our community and all its members. Together, we work to:

  1. Support individuals and their loved ones to heal from sexual violence

  2. Educate individuals and organizations on the impact of sexual violence

  3. Organize and advocate for systemic and social change required to end sexual violence

SACK’s Values

  • We understand that the resiliency and bravery of survivors is the foundation of all our work.  We are guided by the voice of survivors in all aspects of our work, and we respect and honour all the decisions they make about their lives;

  • We ground everything we do in a feminist, anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework, including learning from struggles and movements against racism and other forms of oppressions. This means we are committed to recognizing and challenging the lack of accessible, appropriate services for survivors of sexual violence. We particularly recognize the impact of colonization and racism on Indigenous girls and women;

  • We seek to identify and remove barriers that might exist for the communities we serve in accessing our programs and services;

  • We know that our greatest partner is our community; they are a key target for change, and we can’t achieve our goals without them;

  • We use a trauma-informed approach to our work, in recognition of the profound effect of sexual violence on survivors.

SACK's Acknowledgement and Commitment to the Land

The staff, board, students, volunteers, and community members of the Sexual Assault Centre Kingston, acknowledge that we are on stolen Indigenous Land. The region of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is situated on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee people.

Today, the Katarokwi region is home to more than 7,000 Indigenous people from across Turtle Island.

At SACK we recognize the unique ways in which Indigenoussurvivors heal from individual, inter-generational, and systemic trauma and we commit to working towards not only the decolonization of our agency and services but the Indigenization.

 

As part of acknowledging this land we commit to:

  1. Supporting and amplifying the voices of Indigenous survivors, community members, and activists

  2. Offering Indigenous-led programming and groups

  3. The inclusion of Inidegenization practices in our policies, services, and programming

  4. Creating a space that celebrates the joy and resiliency of our Indigenous community members

  5. Ongoing growth and learning for all members of the SACK team and the broader community