CJI helps sex offenders (people who have offended sexually) in making safe, healthy choices through support groups and one-to-one services. Revive serves both men and women.
Revive groups are a safe, confidential space to talk about and receive support around offending behaviour. Meeting with peers reduces isolation and stigma while promoting healing. The purpose is to assist group members in making healthier choices moving forward. To participate, people must complete an intake appointment and be ready to begin accepting responsibility for their actions. Two trained facilitators guide each support group. There are no fees to participate in Revive groups.
Individual Support is available to help individuals participate in groups effectively.
During this first support group, new clients learn about how and why sexual abuse occurs, the offence cycle, self-awareness, victim impact, and sexual offence prevention plans. The group incorporates two speakers— a person who has offended sexually and a survivor of sexual abuse. Self-disclosure is not required. Offered twice annually.
People who have offended sexually meet weekly to discuss issues related to sexual offending, gain greater understanding of impact on victims, and to develop a sexual offence prevention plan. They also reduce isolation and learn positive coping strategies through self-disclosure and accountability with peers.
For persons who have committed a sexual offence involving the use of technology or persons who struggle with unhealthy cybersex activities. The purpose of this group is to create a safe and confidential space to talk about and receive support around cybersex offending behaviour, to reduce isolation/stigma and promote healing and self-awareness. This group challenges the myth that there are no victims in cybersex offences and emphasizes creating an understanding of the impact of choices.
A weekly education and support group for partners who have chosen to stay with people who have offended. See above video to hear the story of a woman whose husband was convicted of sexual assault. Hear about her choice to stay with her husband, her struggles, and how the Partners group helped.
Participants experience reduced isolation from the vicarious stigma they often encounter, through supportive conversations with others who face similar challenges. Education focused on related themes of healthy communication/sexuality/boundaries, rebuilding trust, and understanding sexual offending behaviour are provided to participants prior to joining the peer support group.
An Education group is also offered when there is an expressed need and the required number of participants.
Inclusive to all genders and orientations. There are no fees to access this group.
Revive offers two groups for men who have both experienced and caused sexual harm. The groups promote healing and help men develop an inclusive understanding of their sexual lived experiences . With enhanced self-awareness, participants are supported in making healthier sexual decisions moving forward. Revive provides a safe, confidential setting where Blended men reduce their isolation, where healing and hope is fostered.
The Blended psycho-education group is a 14-week group focusing on themed discussions about male sexual victimization, incorporating the impacts of causing sexual harm.
The Blended peer support group is a 7-week group. Participation is not time-limited, and there are no fees for participants. This group provides group members with the opportunity to address their various complex identified needs related to both having experienced and caused sexual harm.
Facilitated Dialogue is a personalized process for individuals, families and community groups (e.g. faith communities) impacted by sexual trauma. For example, a dialogue can include a survivor of sexual trauma, the person who harmed them, as well as others affected by the abuse, like siblings, parents, close friends and partners. Trained facilitators meet with each participant in advance to ensure safety and respect for all involved. A Facilitated Dialogue can take many forms, including face-to-face meeting, letter writing, or video conferencing.
As part of their healing process, persons who have offended sexually and survivors of sexual violence document and share their personal story of harm and healing to community audiences.
Referrals to community services.
Call us at 519-744-6549 ext: 209 to arrange an intake appointment.
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