The motivation for sexual assault is the victimizer’s need for dominance and control over another person. Sex is the tool that is used to gain this power and control. At least 30% of women aged 15 years and older have been sexually assaulted at least once.
In New Brunswick, over 85% of sexual assault victims are female, with half of these being girls under the age of 18. Accordingly, the majority of victim services are directed at girls and women.
The impact of sexual assault is significant and can cause:
- Shock and denial
- Fear for safety
- Fear of being judged
- Blame taking
- Low self-esteem
- Low self-confidence
Victims often feel that they are alone – you are not alone, and New Brunswick has many resources to help victims of sexual assault. A primary resource for victims in New Brunswick is Sexual Violence New Brunswick.
Sexual Assault New Brunswick Services
24 Hour Sexual Assault Support Line
The support line is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year – 506-454-0437
Accompaniment and Support Services to Hospital, Police, and Court
A volunteer can accompany you to the hospital. You can also be accompanied to the police or court.
Individual Counselling for All Women aged 16+
Professional counsellors offer individual counselling for all women who have been affected by sexual violence.
There is sexual assault support available throughout New Brunswick for victims and those who are supporting them. Take action now and reach out for support; violence escalates, it will get worse, not better. Below are regional support services:
Regional Sexual Assault Support in New Brunswick
- Sexual Violence New Brunswick – 24-hour support line
- L’éclipse (Edmundston)
- Greater Saint John Sexual Assault Response Team
506-634-8295, ext. 214
- Beauséjour Family Crisis Resource Centre
- Libère Toi (Support line) (Acadian Peninsula)
- South East Sexual Assault Centre (Moncton) – 24-hour support line
- Boréal Child and Youth Expertise Centre
- National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Support Line