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About Us

MISSION STATEMENT

Wide Bay Sexual Assault Services is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to assisting adults, young people and children regain their power, after having experienced sexual violence.

PHILOSOPHY

WBSAS is committed to the principles of access, equity and client centered interventions for Adults, Children and Young People who have experienced sexual assault at some time in their lives.

WBSAS views sexual assault as an act of violence and an abuse of power rather than a sexual act.  It occurs as a result of power imbalance.

Sexual Assault is a crime of violence and is defined as any sexual behaviour which is carried out without the consent of, or against the wishes of the person to whom the assault is directed.

The right of the survivor is to regain control over their lives, and is regarded as the fundamental principle of our service.

In keeping with client centered principles, the service perceives the client as an expert in their situation and a person who is competent and resourceful.  This is acknowledged by counsellors who maintain a position of respectful curiosity about their clients and share a common understanding of power issues faced by the client groups in our society.

The service aims to provide support and information to Adults, Children and Young People in a respectful environment where survivors become resilient.

WBSAS acknowledges that wide ranging structural changes (social, political, spiritual, economic and legal) are required to change the present culture of violence in our society.

VALUES

  • Safe Counselling Environment
  • Be treated with respect and dignity
  • Non judgmental environment regardless of:
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Sexual Preference
    • Religion
    • culture
    • Privacy and Confidentiality

SERVICES PROVIDED

  • Counselling to adults, children and young people who have experienced recent or past sexual assault or abuse;
  • Counselling for non-offending parents/carers and supporters of people who have experienced sexual assault or abuse;
  • Referrals for specialist services on legal, medical, and court procedures related to Sexual Assault;
  • Counselling for children and young people who display problem sexualised behaviours;
  • Group Programs;
  • Community Education;
  • Personal Safety Programs for adults, children and young people;
  • Professional support and information for seniors;
  • Taylor made training programs;

For more information on the services provided by WBSAS please refer to our Services section.

The WBSAS Team.