Sexual Abuse Intervention Program

Sexual Abuse Intervention Program

The Sexual Abuse Intervention Program (SAIP) is free and offers an intensive therapeutic and educative service.

Two part-time counsellors provide a range of appropriate, timely and accessible assessment, treatment and/or support services for children ages 3-18 who have been sexually abused or assaulted. 

Note: This program also serves children with sexual behavioural problems from ages 3-12. 

Treatment may include individual counselling and/or family support depending on the needs of the young person, to facilitate healing within the family system. Intervention methods are strength-based and child-focused, using a variety of expressive therapies and counselling approaches.

Art and play therapy may be used and children may be taught safety skills as necessary. We encourage healthy parent-child attachment. We support families in understanding the impact of sexual abuse on the child/youth.

Clinic: SAIP offers a sexuality clinic for any youth or adult in the community who wants to learn more about normal sexual development, responding to sexual abuse disclosures or information about sexual behavioural problems. Appointments for a confidential clinic meeting may be arranged at any time.

Services are provided on a non-discriminatory basis and are sensitive and responsive to cultural differences. SAIP is staffed by counsellors with specialized training in the field of play and/or art therapy and have experience working with children/youth and families who have experienced sexual abuse.

SAIP counsellors maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the latest developments in the fields of individual therapy and participate in regular clinical supervision. Confidentiality is strictly maintained in all cases.

At times the program may do small presentations in the community covering topics related to sexual abuse such as safety, secrets, communication, boundaries and emotions.

For more information about the SAIP Program contact Leslie at 250-338-7575 ext. 223

What is Sexual Abuse?: Sexual abuse means any sexual exploitation of a child whether consensual or not. It includes touching of a sexual nature and sexual intercourse and may include any behaviour of a sexual nature toward a child by an older or more advantaged person.

Duty to Report: It is mandatory in British Columbia that any person who believes that a child may be abused or neglected must report the incident to the Ministry for Children and Family Development.  

Who Do We Work With? Children and youth 18 years old and younger who have disclosed sexual abuse or sexual exploitation that may have been reported to the Ministry of Children and Family Development and/or the RCMP, and/or have sexual behaviour problems and are under the age of 12.

Some ways we receive referrals include:

* Self-referral

* Physicians

* Family - Custodial Parent

* Ministry of Children and Family Development

* Community agencies

* School District- school counsellors or school teachers

* Vancouver Island Health Authority e.g. nurses

Funded by the Ministry of Children and Family Development

Proud to be accreditated through CARF