The Montreal Sexual Assault Centre takes part in various activities in the community, primarily by sharing its expertise with committees, associations, concerted actions and forums.
Table de concertation sur les agressions à caractère sexuel de Montréal
Created in 1977, the TCACSM is an association of regional organizations dedicated to promoting the cause of sexual assault victims. The MSAC became a member in 1983, and its director has served as president of the association since 2008.
The general objectives of the TCACSM are as follows:
- Promote and foster respect for the rights of sexual assault victims
- Promote the existence and consolidation of high-quality services
- Foster the exchange of information and cooperation among resources and the distribution of this information to all organizations concerned
- Act as consultants, resource persons and experts on crimes of a sexual nature, and voice opinions and recommendations
- Promote the maintenance and development of prevention programs
- Encourage training of members and other caregivers/practitioners
As of 2001, the Table has been sharing its members’ knowledge and wide-ranging expertise on sexual assault by publishing several documents on the subject:
- A multilingual pamphlet in French, English, Arabic and Spanish on the various resources was made available to victims of sexual assault in Montreal.
- The Information Guide for Sexual Assault Victims, available in French, English and Spanish, was launched in 2007. Distributed throughout Quebec, this invaluable guide is a comprehensive, accessible resource now in its second edition.
- Since 2014, the Montreal sexual assault website has provided information on resources for sexual assault victims in Montreal for caregivers and practitioners in various milieus.
Designated Centres Committee
The Montreal Designated Centres Committee is a sub-committee of the Table de concertation sur les agressions à caractère sexuel de Montréal. Created in 1992, it is made up of representatives of each of Montreal’s designated centres and the Laboratoire de sciences judiciaires et de médecine légale (Montreal forensic sciences laboratory).
This committee has had several mandates over the years. While some were more local and regional, others were province-wide: conceptualizing a network of designated centres in Quebec, updating the tools used in medical-social services for sexual assault victims and training for medical-social teams working in the designated centres.
The Director of the MSAC is the spokesperson for the Montreal designated centres committee.
L'association des centres d'écoute téléphoniques du Québec
The MSAC has been a member of the Association de centres d’écoute téléphonique du Québec (ACETDQ) since 2011. The coordinator of the crisis line has been a member of the Board of Directors of the association since June 2013.
The Association des centres d’écoute téléphonique du Québec, founded in 1999, was created to group together and support all the province’s confidential, anonymous helplines. The association contributes to develop the expertise of its members through consultation, cooperation and sharing of knowledge and expertise. Recruiting, training and supervising volunteers are also an important part of the association’s activities.
Réseau d'action bénévole du Québec
By virtue of the MSAC’s participation in the ACETDQ, our crisis line coordinator is also a representative to the Réseau de l’action bénévole du Québec (Quebec volunteer network).
This network represents an association of 21 organizations in various sectors who are involved in volunteer activities.
The Réseau de l’action bénévole du Québec (RABQ) fills several different roles:
- influential representative of volunteer action to the government
- spokesperson for its members on volunteer action
- promotion and development of a global vision for volunteer action