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NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

SASS Updates
Member Agency Updates
Featured Member Agency: Battlefords & Area Sexual Assault Centre
Sexual Assault Initiatives
In the News
Resources
Training, Workshops and Events

SASS UPDATES

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SASS is excited to invite you to the first Annual Leadership Forum! Our vision for the Forum is to connect organizations, communities, and sexual violence survivors, in order to build a comprehensive network of services and supports in the area of sexual violence. This is our opportunity to change the sexual violence story for Saskatchewan together!

This forum is structured around Saskatchewan based organizations and individuals who have an immeasurable amount of knowledge and expertise and are making a difference within our community.

We are extremely honoured to have Jorgen Hus and Craig Reynolds fromThe Saskatchewan Roughriders in conjunction with Scott McHenry from The Canadian Red Cross Respect ED Program and Shana Pasap from Power Our Women as keynote speakers.
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SASS would like to thank the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses for their generous donation to our organization. Contributions such as this one show us that we have community support on our mission to end sexual violence in Saskatchewan. We are optimistic and encouraged to continue on our journey towards a safer province for people of all ages and genders. Thank you!

MEMBER AGENCY UPDATES

Envision Assertiveness Workshop

NEOSS will be hosting a Facebook auction from December 2 to 9 at noon. Participants will be able to bid on items that will be great as Christmas gifts!

                           
Envision Assertiveness Workshop

SIGN is hosting a fundraising at Mr Mikes SteakhouseCasual to support its Walk-In Counselling Clinic.

The fundraising will take place from December 2 to 5 starting at 11am.

Tickets are $25 and are valid for any meal up to $25.

                           

Piwapan Women's Centre hosts an annual candle lighting ceremony and vigil on December 6th to acknowledge all women whose lives have been affected by gender based violence.

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Envision Assertiveness Workshop

The Envision Counselling and Support Centre is pleased that it has received funding from the Canadian Women's Foundation for its Growing Together program.

FEATURED MEMBER AGENCY

BASAC is committed to supporting survivors of sexual assault and/or abuse through the provision of accessible counselling and advocacy services. BASAC also provides various programs to help communities combat the issues of normalized sexual violence, sexual abuse, and exploitation.

Programs include:

  • Healthy Friendships

  • Healthy Youth Relationships

  • Girl Power

  • 2BBoys

  • Custom presentations

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SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES

Police reported sexual assaults are up 27.9 per cent in Regina so far this year compared to 2017. In Saskatoon, police data shows sexual violations are up 18.8 per cent.
Both sets of data come from the September end of month crime reports.
                           
 
Doctors, dentists and other health professionals found guilty of sexual abuse would have their licences cancelled if a new bill introduced Tuesday is passed by the Alberta legislature.
 
                           

Additional funding to support survivors of sexual assault

 

Government is investing more than $216,000 in additional funding for the Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre (PEIRSAC) to increase access to free specialized therapeutic services for those Islanders needing this support.      

“Timely trauma counseling services are crucial to ease the impact of the traumatic experience of sexual assault and to support recovery.  I am pleased this additional investment to the Prince Edward Island Rape and Sexual Assault Centre will expand crucial therapeutic supports for Islanders who have experienced sexual assault, as well as for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse.” - Tina Mundy, Minister of Family and Human Services 

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IN THE NEWS


A 73-year-old Regina man is facing four criminal charges after a long investigation into allegations of sexual assault.
                    
The number of sexual assaults reported by police increased across Canada after the #MeToo movement went viral, but Saskatchewan saw the smallest uptick of any province, according to data from Statistics Canada.

The average national increase in reporting was 24 per cent for the time period of October to December 2017. Saskatchewan only showed an increase of about one per cent.

"Historically we know that reporting rates in Saskatchewan ​have been low," said Kerrie Isaac, executive director of Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan (SASS).

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Police chief Evan Bray recognizes sexual assault has become a growing problem in Regina.
                    
Statistics Canada says police-reported sexual assault cases went from 59 per day to 74 in three months.

RESOURCES

Position Available: Academic Coordinator

 

RESOLVE Saskatchewan is looking for an Academic Coordinator to assist and support the RESOLVE research activities of the Member Institution in the province and to be the liaison with the University administration and financial services with respect to RESOLVE Saskatchewan

The position is available for a faculty member at an affiliated Saskatchewan University in a tenured or tenured-track position with research expertise in family violence/violence against women or related areas.

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Police-reported sexual assaults in Canada before and after #MeToo, 2016 and 2017

 

Following the widespread #MeToo social media movement in October 2017, police-reported sexual assaults in Canada increased sharply. There were 25% more victims of police-reported sexual assault in the three months after #MeToo first went viral (October to December 2017) compared with an average three-month period leading up to #MeToo (January 2016 to September 2017). The average number of police-reported sexual assault victims went from 59 per day before #MeToo to 74 per day after #MeToo.

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Decolonizing Trauma Work

 
 
Drawing on a decolonizing approach, which puts the “soul wound” of colonialism at the centre, Linklater engages ten Indigenous health care practitioners in a dialogue regarding Indigenous notions of wellness and wholistic health, critiques of psychiatry and psychiatric diagnoses, and Indigenous approaches to helping people through trauma, depression and experiences of parallel and multiple realities.
 
                          

RESOLVE Research Day 2018

 

Our conference was a big success! The Keynote speakers were both received warmly and were interesting and informative. 129 registrants saw a total of 16 sessions and spoke of inspirational speakers and learning new things about IPV. Participants also spoke about the great opportunity to network with others interested in ending intimate partner violence.

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The Rape Recovery Handbook

 
 
In this new book, trauma expert Aphrodite Matsakis gives you help for coping with the reality of this experience and dealing with the aftermath of conflicting and debilitating feelings.
 
 
                          

Developing a self-care plan

 

A self-care plan can help you enhance your health and wellbeing, manage your stress, and maintain professionalism as a worker with young people. Learn to identify activities and practices that support your wellbeing as a professional and help you to sustain positive self-care in the long-term.

This will help you to:
  • understand self-care
  • develop your self-care plan
  • put your self-care plan into action.
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The Self-Esteem Guided Journal

 
 
This book uses a technique known as guided journaling to help readers teach themselves to vocalize their feelings, conquer self-doubt, discover their strengths-and generally change the way they think and feel about themselves for the better.
 
                          

The Nice Girl Syndrome

 
 
Are you too nice for your own good? Do family members manipulate you? Do coworkers take advantage of you? If this sounds familiar, read The Nice Girl Syndrome. In this breakthrough guide, renowned author and therapist Beverly Engel, who has helped thousands of women recognize and leave emotionally abusive relationships, can show you how to take control of your life and take care of yourself.
 
                          

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TRAINING, WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

Don't miss out on the following opportunities:

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Moose Jaw: December 6

 

LUNCHEON from 12pm-2:00pm

Catered by Charlottes: $15.00

Purchase tickets with Lori Lancaster through email: [email protected], or call: 306: 693-6511

Location: 1036 7th Ave, Minto United Church

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The 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference, “Bold Moves: Ending Sexual Violence in One Generation,” was held in Anaheim, CA, August 29-31 2018. 

 

The following workshops are now available for viewing:

 

Building Leaders to Keep Children Safe in Communities of Color Using Indigenous Circle Process

 

In this workshop Strong Oak Lefebvre is joined by two community leaders, James and Lillian, to discuss highlights of the trust-building circle process and the ways in which the circle process thoughtfully engages communities of color based on their values. By focusing on indigenous values and indigenous traditions that have been used prior to colonization, communities of color are able to build trust and foster leadership in creating safer communities for children, both on tribal land and in HUD housing communities.

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Expanding the Boundaries of Shifting Boundaries: From Initial Implementation to Innovation


Nan Stein and Mina White share their experiences and successes with implementing, evaluating, and adapting Shifting Boundaries. Shifting Boundaries is an effective evidence-based program to prevent sexual harassment in middle schools. Nan Stein explains the science behind the effectiveness and evaluation of Shifting Boundaries, especially highlighting the school-wide intervention. Mina White of the California Department of Public Health shares how RPE programs and Rape Crisis Centers in California have adapted Shifting Boundaries by implementing the school-wide intervention first before moving into classroom sessions.

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Follow the Leader: Lessons Learned from the Nation's Leading Prevention Institutions

 

In this workshop, Holly Rider-Milkovich outlines strategies for success for campuses to become leading institutions in sexual violence prevention. Holly walks workshop attendees through EverFi’s Sexual Assault Diagnostic Inventory and highlights key elements to institutionalizing prevention, critical processes for elevating prevention, and programming necessities for success.
Holly also wrote a blog for Ms. Magazine’s series on the 2018 National Sexual Assault Conference. Holly’s blog, Bold Moves to End Sexual Violence: Challenging the Dialogue on Sex and Relationships Facing Gen Z, calls out key data points from youth highlighting that, contrary to the critical national dialogue, youth do not prefer hookups, and are looking to have meaningful, romantic connections with others.
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Trauma - Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress

Saskatoon: December 13 and 14


Trauma is a wound that injures us emotionally, psychologically, physically, and spiritually. As a result, the impact of trauma can be far-reaching and enduring. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects a person through the brain and nervous system. A framework which describes different stages in the process of regulating and resolving the impact of trauma is reviewed.

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Leadership - Insights for Thinking Differently

Regina: December 12

 

ACHIEVE CEO and Author, Randy Grieser will share his own journey of leadership and inspire you to think differently and grow as a leader. This training is based on his book, The Ordinary Leader: 10 Key Insights for Building and Leading a Thriving Organization, and explores how to make each of these insights a reality in your own organization. Particular attention is given to employee engagement and organizational health - two areas that an international ACHIEVE survey showed were of the greatest importance to leaders and employees.

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Emotional Intelligence

Regina: December 17

Saskatoon: December 18

 

Why do some people have trouble being effective in their roles or working well with others? It is usually not because they lack skills; rather, it is often because they lack emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence has a far greater impact on people’s ability to be productive and work well with others than cognitive intelligence. Emotionally intelligent people are able to identify and assess their emotions and those of others, and then use that information to guide their actions and influence the actions of others.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

"A champion is defined not by their wins but by how they can recover when they fall." 

- Serena Williams

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