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24 Hour Crisis & Information Line: 905-682-4584


Mission Statement

Niagara Sexual Assault Centre is a non-profit organization that responds to the needs of survivors of sexual violence and through public education increases understanding and awareness of sexual assault related issues. We provide a variety of counselling, support and emergency services to survivors and their families. Using a feminist, empowerment approach NSAC holds the universal truth that all clients are treated with respect and dignity. We are committed to advocacy for social change and the prevention of sexual violence.

Our History

CARSA, (Committee Against Rape and Sexual Assault), incorporated in 1977, was started by 5 women as a resource center for victims of sexual assault. Through a government grant, our first 24-hr crisis line was established as well as the development of a volunteer core, and the beginnings of a public education program. We are proud to say that we developed the FIRST rape evidence kit…the same one that is used today across the province.

We changed our name in 1991 to the Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre, CARSA Inc.

Over 43 years later the Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre (CARSA Inc.) continues to provide a high quality of service across the Niagara Region. We provide individual and group therapy programs for both women and men. Our core of highly trained volunteers provides thousands of hours on our crisis line each year. Our public education programs have become a main stay of schools in each community, from grade 1 through 12.

The Centre runs as a modified collective with a board of directors who are an integral part of our operations. 60% of our funding comes from the Attorney General. We are responsible to fundraise the remaining dollars. 

2021 Board of Directors

Carrie Zeffiro Co-Chair
Cara Raich Co-Chair
Sheri Durksen Secretary
Anne Marie DiSanto Treasurer
Carly Eckhardt Director
Melinda Cheevers Director
Krystal Snider Director
Victoria Royer Director

 2016-2017 Annual Report

2017-2018 Annual Report

2018-2019 Annual Report

If you have just been sexually assaulted

Call our 24 hour crisis & information line at 905-682-4584

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