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In 1975, a national report identified Edmonton as the "Rape Capital of Canada." This prompted Edmontonians concerned about sexual violence in our community, and the lack of services available to survivors of this violence, to come together. In 1976, the Rape Crisis Centre of Edmonton first opened, offering a crisis-line provided by a part-time coordinator and a number of dedicated volunteers. From that time, we have continued to grow into an essential resource in our community. 

In 1983, the Criminal Code of Canada eliminated the word “rape” and replaced it with the term “sexual assault.”  Our organization changed our name to the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton to reflect the change in legislation.