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Amethyst Project

Crisis support & advocacy for individuals who have experienced sexual violence

Registration

Referral 
YWCA Harbour House
Chinook Regional Hospital
Community Agencies

24-Hour Crisis Line
Local:  403-320-1881
Toll Free:  1-866-296-0447

Drop in
604 8th Street south

Hours of Operation

24-hours
7 days per week

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Program Overview

Our Amethyst Project Advocates provide support, advocacy and referrals for current and historical sexual assault individuals and their families. We offer immediate crisis support for individuals attending the hospital after the assault. We can help individual navigate through their options and assist them in the processes to follow. Amethyst Advocates offer follow up support and mentorship programming.

Amethyst Project provides people who have presented to the Chinook Regional Hospital within a 72 hour period after a sexual assault with an important THIRD OPTION.

Before Amethyst Project, victims of sexual assault who attended the hospital were presented with two options:

 

Option One – Medical Treatment

  • Pregnancy testing
  • STI testing
  • Injury assessment/treatment
  • No sexual assault kit completed

 

Option Two – Police Involvement

  • Pregnancy testing
  • STI testing
  • Injury assessment/treatment
  • Sexual assault kit completed
  • Evidence collected
  • Statement to police
  • Investigation started
  • Victim Services support

People were asked to make this important decision while they were in shock and experiencing extreme trauma. 

 

Thanks to YWCA Amethyst Project, these individuals now have another option – Amethyst Project’s Third Option:

 

Option Three – YWCA Amethyst Project Support

  • Pregnancy testing
  • STI testing
  • Injury assessment/treatment
  • Sexual Assault Kit will be completed
  • Evidence collected and stored anonymously for up to one year
  • No statement to the police or investigation will occur until the victim is ready
  • Referrals to community services can be provided

If the individual chooses to pursue an investigation, immediately or at any time within the year, Amethyst Project Advocates will support them throughout the legal process and connect them with other community services as needed.

If an individual chooses to forego having the Sexual Assault Kit completed, Amethyst Advocates will provide ongoing support and connect them with other community services as needed.

 

 

Related Programs & Services

 

Mentorship Program

Cost:  FREE

Amethyst Advocates work one-on-one with people who have experienced sexual violence.

This is an interactive group that is both educational and activity based, designed to help survivors work through some of the emotions and fears associated with this horrific experience.

 

Supporters & Advocates Program

Cost:  FREE

Amethyst Advocates offer one-on-one support for families, partners, colleagues and friends who are supporting individuals who have experienced sexual violence.

We know that this traumatic experience also effect those that love and care for this individual. This is an interactive program that helps to support and guide the caregivers through their own emotional journey through this experience.

 

 

 

Contacts

If you’re in immediate danger, call 9-1-1

24-Hour Crisis Line
Toll-Free   1-866-296-0447
Local   1-403-320-1881

Cost

FREE!

Who Can Access?

Individuals that have experienced sexual violence, both current and historical

All ages; all genders

 

Childcare

No

Transportation

Yes, within city limits.

Partial Program Funding

Victims of Crime Fund Grant

Supporters

604 8th Street South, Lethbridge, AB T1J 2K1
Phone: 403-329-0088inquiries@ywcalethbridge.com | 24-Hour Crisis Line: 403-320-1881 or 1-866-296-0447
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