Centre helps support survivors of sexual assault
AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC) employees at UBC voted to become members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 1936 in a B.C. Labour Relations Board vote conducted on Feb. 22.
"We represent many agencies that serve women, and we look forward to working with our newest members who provide vital support for those who have experienced gender-based violence," said Sheryl Burns, CUPE 1936 president.
The workers perform advocacy and support work, give information, provide referrals and connect students to services. They advocate for housing, counselling, and academic performance, said the union.
"We are gender inclusive and serve the UBC community — including students, faculty, and staff of all genders — who have experienced gender-based violence," said Nazanin Moghadami, a support worker at SASC. "We also help those who are supporting others or who suspect that someone they know has experienced gender violence."
The gamut of services SASC provides runs from accompanying people to hospital, to safety planning and education on topics such as relationships and consent, to running a support group for survivors, according to CUPE.
CUPE 1936 represents 1,200 members who provide social services in Greater Vancouver, including general services (encompassing women's services, addiction services, and counselling), community living and child care.