SACHA launches con­fi­den­tial on­line chat­ting and tex­ting sup­port line

The Hamilton Spectator - - LOCAL -

The Sex­ual As­sault Cen­tre of Hamil­ton and Area (SACHA) has launched a con­fi­den­tial on­line chat­ting and tex­ting sup­port ser­vice for sur­vivors of all gen­ders, 16 years and older.

The move comes af­ter an in­crease of al­most 100 per cent in calls to SACHA’s 24hour sup­port line in the past two years.

The new on­line chat­ting and text sup­port pro­vides peo­ple with an ad­di­tional op­tion to the sup­port line. “We are thrilled to be able to cre­ate new sup­port ser­vices to meet the needs of sur­vivors. On­line chat­ting and tex­ting can ad­dress bar­ri­ers sur­vivors face in reach­ing out for as­sis­tance,” SACHA di­rec­tor Lenore Lukasik-Foss said in a re­lease.

The new ser­vice op­er­ates Mon­days, 6 p.m. to mid­night, and Fri­days, 8 p.m. to 2 a.m. Ac­cess through SACHA’s web­site at sacha.ca or by tex­ting 647-977-5908.

The ser­vice is a pi­lot project through the On­tario Coali­tion of Rape Cri­sis Cen­tres un­til De­cem­ber, but SACHA hopes to make it per­ma­nent.

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