The Support for Sexually Assaulted Men - Estrie (SHASE) was created in 2001 from a need identified by the Crime Prevention Assistance Services (SAPC). Before, no resources were offered to men who were victims of sexual assault in Estrie. A meeting program is being developed at this time to help men who have experienced sexual assault.
In 2010, the SAPC saw the need to emancipate SHASE and establish it as a non-profit organization. Since October 2010, the organization officially became a fully-fledged entity.
In 2019, SHASE moved to its own offices in downtown Sherbrooke. The team is now composed of four employees and many volunteers.
SHASE was originally intended for men who had experienced sexual assault as children. Over time, services have evolved to support men who experience, or have experienced sexual assault in childhood, adolescence or adulthood.
The services have also expanded to provide an open minded, supportive, and safe space to accompany sexually assaulted men through their recovery journey. The service is offered to people that identifies as men that live in the Eastern Townships.
The organization is also dedicated to raising awareness in its administrative region to ensure that more men discover the resources available and seek help.
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