Basis of Unity

The following beliefs and values shall inform and guide all aspects of member of the Centre for Abuse and Trauma Therapy’s functioning. All members, paid or volunteer, must agree with the following statements.

We recognize that: Many forms of abuse exists, including, but not limited to, all childhood abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment, forced participation in and/or exposure to pornography/ prostitution, mind control, ritual abuse, sadistic abuse and mutilation. We are opposed to all of it.

We believe that: All people have the right to live free from the threat or the experience of any form of violence and/or abuse and/or exploitation.

We believe that: The provision of services to survivors of all forms of abuse and violence should be informed and guided by the experiences, insights, and needs of survivors.

We believe that: The provision of services to survivors of all forms of abuse and violence should be financially and physically accessible to all.

We are against: Any discrimination based on race, gender, class, age, ability, sexual orientation, religion, size/physical appearance, and/or any other real or perceived identifying characteristic(s).

We believe in the feminist principle that: Women and men are equal and are entitled to the same rights and privileges. We recognize that women have not yet achieved fully equality in Canadian Society and that fact effects the quality of the lives of all Canadian women.

We are pro-choice: People have the right to be in control of their own lives by making their own choices, including, but not limited to, reproductive and health choices.

We are anti-pornography: As defined as images of sexual degradation and sexual violence.