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Chinook Sexual Assault Centre now open

March 8, 2019

The new Chinook Sexual Assault Centre celebrated it's grand opening on International Women's Day. The centre aims to provide a one-stop location providing system navigation, education and support for victims of sexual assault.

“It’s a service that the community really needs,” Bill Kaye, project coordinator with the Domestic Violence Action Team said. “It’s going to provide system navigation, it will provide education and support and provide counselling and all of those services in one place that someone could actually point to and say… ‘Go there.’”

Kaye has been working for years to make the centre a reality and says that recent international movements may have sparked the local conversation on just how necessary this facility really is.

Centre CEO Kristine Cassie says, "We would say 'welcome' and 'come on in. We believe.' And let's look at what happened to you. If you feel safe to share, let's look at that."

The centre is located on 502-740 4 Ave. S. in Lethbridge, and will be open from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Monday to Friday.