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Safe Passages

Safe Passages is a healing retreat program for women who have experienced sexual exploitation. The Safe Passages Program allows survivors a consistent, safe environment to begin the process of healing from sexual exploitation.

There are 3 components to the Program. Survivors who join the Safe Passages program participate in all three:

  • 4-week group: In this group, women will meet others and prepare for the healing retreat experience.
  • 1-week Healing Retreat. The Safe Passages Healing Retreat provides survivors with a safe program that allows them to understand the impacts of sexual exploitation. It provides support for long-term healing and wellness. Activities include group and individual support, body work, breath work, trauma recovery work, art, bundle and mask making, solitude and ceremonial fires.
  • 2-week post-retreat group: Upon completion of the one week healing retreat, this group helps survivors to integrate their learnings from the retreat into their daily lives.

Safe Passages welcomes any woman (aged 18 and up)  who has experienced trafficking and sexual exploitation. Women who wish to participate in the Program commit to take part in all three components: the Pre-Retreat Group, the one week Healing Retreat itself, and the Post-Retreat Group. The program is free of charge.

Please note that Safe Passages may not be a good fit for survivors who are in crisis, have exited a trafficking situation very recently, those who have not yet developed basic emotional coping skills, and those who do not have basic practical necessities (i.e. safe housing, access to food) in their day to day lives.

If you know someone who could benefit from this program, contact WSN at 905-895-3646 or by email at info@womenssupportnetwork.ca.

“Our vision is to eradicate sexual violence.”

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