Survivor Support Fund

The Survivor Support Fund is now open for Spring Intake! Applications will be accepted from April 1 to May 4, 2018.


About the Fund


The Defend Dignity Survivor Support Fund was created to provide accessible financial support to individuals who have experienced sexual exploitation in Canada in any form, such as prostitution, sex trafficking, escorting, working in massage parlours and/or strip clubs, survival sex, and/or involvement in pornography.

Referral Process

Please note that this fund can only be accessed by referral from a church or a non-profit agency.

A)  To ensure you qualify with our criteria, please read through the Fund Policy

B) Complete the Defend Dignity Survivor Support Fund Application. This must include all four of the following components:

1) A completed application form

2) An emailed letter from the applicant him/herself. The applicant is welcome to have assistance in composing the letter if needed. This letter can be 1-2 pages long and should explain the following:

  • A brief history of the applicant’s story (no details required)
  • Why the applicant is in need of funds, and what he or she is needing funds for specifically
  • An explanation of how the fund will enable the applicant in his/her journey towards healing from sexual exploitation
  • A brief description of what other avenues the applicant has pursued for financial assistance
  • Why the applicant believes they are an appropriate candidate to receive this fund
  • An explanation of the accountability the individual will hold themselves to should they receive the fund
  • Anything else the individual feels is pertinent to their application for funding

3) An emailed referral letter from the referring church/non-profit agency. The referral letter  can be 1-2 pages long and should explain the following:

  • How the person making the referral knows the person in need
  • A brief understanding of how the individual in need has experienced sexual exploitation
  • Why the person making the referral believes the applicant is an appropriate candidate to receive this fund
  • How the fund is intended to be used and by when
  • Any additional information you find relevant to this individual’s application for funding

4) An emailed & signed waiver form

No late or incomplete applications will be accepted. 

C) Decisions regarding the awarding of funds will be made in early May 2018 and funds will be dispersed no later than June 1, 2018. For all successful applicants, a Follow-Up Questionnaire  must be completed within 30 days of receipt of the funds.

Please send any questions or concerns by email to Katelynn Robertson, Assistant to the Director of Defend Dignity.

Survivor Support Fund Application

Spring Intake is open from April 1 to May 4, 2018!

Apply