The Marie-Vincent Foundation celebrates its 45th anniversary!
The Marie-Vincent Foundation was established in 1975 to serve the growing needs of children already receiving services from the Marie-Vincent Center founded ten years earlier by Marguerite Séguin-Desnoyers. The Center offered social, psychiatric, educational and psychological services to children aged 5 to 12 experiencing significant socio-emotional problems. Over the years, given the needs and the lack of available resources, the Foundation extended its field of intervention to children who are victims of sexual assault.
In 1994, the Québec government created youth centers and the Marie-Vincent Center joined the Montréal Youth Center. The Foundation decided at that time to part ways and redefine its mission to help children aged twelve and under who were victims of abuse.
In 2005, to celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Foundation created the Centre d’expertise Marie-Vincent and the Chaire interuniversitaire Marie-Vincent sur les agressions sexuelles. This is how Marie-Vincent began offering direct services to children 12 and under who were victims of sexual assault and children with problematic sexual behavior. As the first Child Advocacy Center (CAC) in Québec, the Marie-Vincent Center brought all relevant services under one roof: police, medical, psychosocial and socio-legal.
In 2016, the Foundation expanded its service offering to help adolescent victims of sexual violence and to help prevent sexual violence among children and adolescents.
Ultimately, the goal of the Marie-Vincent Foundation is to help build a world free of sexual violence.