S.O.S. Grossesse Es­trie: 30 years of ex­per­tise, help and aware­ness

Sherbrooke Record - - LOCAL NEWS - Record Staff

This year, S.O.S. Grossesse Es­trie is cel­e­brat­ing its 30 years of ex­per­tise. For this oc­ca­sion, some fifty peo­ple who have con­trib­uted to the out­reach of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, in­clud­ing founders, donors, mem­bers and part­ners, gath­ered on Novem­ber 29th. The team of S.O.S. Grossesse Es­trie took the op­por­tu­nity to of­fi­cially launch its new web­site adapted to the new mo­bile tech­nolo­gies (www.sos­grossesseestrie.qc.ca.).

Ev­ery­one needs com­pas­sion­ate and non-judg­men­tal lis­ten­ing

Since 1988, S.O.S. Grossesse Es­trie has re­sponded to more than 18,000 re­quests for di­rect help through tele­phone sup­port, email, preg­nancy tests, sup­port in mak­ing a de­ci­sion, and ac­com­pa­ni­ment.

S.O.S. Grossesse Es­trie is the only com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tion rec­og­nized in the Eastern Town­ship with ex­per­tise in the in­ter­ven­tion and pre­ven­tion of un­planned preg­nan­cies. A free, con­fi­den­tial and non-judg­men­tal help and lis­ten­ing ser­vice is of­fered to women and girls who are ex­pe­ri­enc­ing an un­planned preg­nancy, or who are wor­ried that they might be preg­nant. These ser­vices are also of­fered to those who are close to them like hus­bands, boyfriends, par­ents, friends, and coun­sel­lors. Over the last 30 years, more than 301,000 peo­ple have been helped by the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Be­cause ev­ery woman has the right to choose freely

“Al­most one in two preg­nan­cies is not planned! Hav­ing a bilin­gual re­source that re­spects the choice of each per­son who ex­pe­ri­ences an un­planned preg­nancy, ac­cord­ing to their val­ues and be­liefs, is es­sen­tial!” shared Paskale Hamel, Co­or­di­na­tor of S.O.S. Grossesse Es­trie.

To raise aware­ness, in­form and re­fer is to help

Since ed­u­cat­ing is pre­vent­ing, sev­eral pre­ven­tion and aware­ness ac­tiv­i­ties have been car­ried out in var­i­ous or­ga­ni­za­tions and schools, in ad­di­tion to the in­ter­ven­tion of the “Rub­ber Squad”—that rep­re­sents over 283,000 peo­ple with in­creased aware­ness.

Since no con­tra­cep­tive method is 100% safe, and any­one can be af­fected by an un­planned preg­nancy, S.O.S Grossesse Es­trie has been here for 30 years.

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