The CALACS Sexual Assault Prevention and Aid Centre is a community organisation that is specialised to offer help, support and accompaniment to victims of sexual assault who are 14 years of age and older as well as to their loved ones. CALACS offers direct help and support, prevention and awareness activities to the community as well as participating in advocacy and the fight against sexual violence.
The services offered by CALACS Sexual Assault Prevention and Aid Centre are free, confidential and bilingual.
The first CALACS Sexual Assault Prevention and Aid Centres were founded in the 1970s. Their creation played an important role in the feminist movement and contributed to a new perspective of sexual violence. The first CALACS in Quebec was founded in 1975. Today, there are approximately 30 CALACS across the province.
In 2016, CALACS La bôme Gaspésie, Sexual Assualt Prevention and Aid Centre celebrated it’s 20th anniversary. Thanks to the determination and commitment of the women of the Gaspé community, CALACS La bôme Gaspésie was founded in 1996. In the following years, service points were created throughout the territory. In 2002, the first service point opened its doors to the Haute-Gaspésie community. In 2007, CALACS opened a second service point for the Avignon and Bonaventure community. Finally, the fourth service point was opened to serve the community of Rocher Percé in 2010.
Our logo represents the counseling relationship between a person and a counselor. The leaves between the two faces represents growth and hope because with help and support, we believe that it is possible to heal and grow after having experienced sexual assault.
A bôme is a french word that means boom which is the horizontal mast that supports the sail of a sail boat. This represents the support that CALACS offers to the community and the people that call upon the organisation for help.