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OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

SASS Updates
Member Agency Updates
Featured Member Agency: North East Outreach and Support Services
Sexual Assault Initiatives
In the News
Resources
Training and Workshops

SASS UPDATES

Winter Gala

Fall Member Gathering

SASS's Fall Member Gathering took place on October 16th and 17th in Regina.
This event provided the opportunity for our 10 member agencies to come together and share successes and challenges, learn about each other’s work, and discuss issues, trends and solutions. The Fall Member Gathering also included a SASS Board of Directors Meeting and a SASS Advisory Committee Meeting.

MEMBER AGENCY UPDATES

Sexual Assault and Abuse First Responder Training

First Responder Training educates individuals about the social, cultural and legal aspects of sexual assault and abuse.

This program was developed by the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services and is now being delivered across Saskatchewan by professionally trained and certified facilitators.

Envision Counselling & Support Services, in a partnership with SASS, will be hosting two two-day sessions in Weyburn in November.

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Winter Gala

 

North East Outreach & Support Services is hosting a masquerade ball on November 24. The event will be held at the Naicam School Gymnasium in Melfort, SK. 

 
                           
Envision Assertiveness Workshop

 

Envision Counselling and Support Centre invites you to attend this workshop in their Weyburn office on November 31.

                           
Envision Assertiveness Workshop

Event raises funds for the centre and increases awareness around sexual violence.

FEATURED MEMBER AGENCY

North East Outreach and Support Services is a short term emergency shelter that offers 24h shelter and services for women and children fleeing domestic violence situations.

Services include:

  • Emergency Receiving Home

  • Personal Violence Prevention and Support Program

  • Community Outreach

  • 24 Hour Crisis Line

  • Public Awareness and Prevention

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SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES

SSAIC Newsletter

P.E.I. hosts 'timely' seminar for judges on sexual assault law

 
Appeal court judges from across the Maritimes got some specific training on P.E.I. this week about laws that apply to sexual assault.
                    
The University of Windsor is seeing a rise in prticipation in their sexual assult prevention workshops - called the Bystander Initiative. The program strated eight years ago as  way of teaching students how to step in when another person is at risk of being sexually assaulted.
                    
The Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre (SSAIC) is applauding a new effort by local police to put more information into the hands of victims and survivors. 
"We know that there are sensitivities around our processes and attempts to gather evidence" - Staff Sargeant James Repesse
                    

UCalgary professor explains how rapidly spreading hashtag addresses myths and builds community.

                    

Military sexual assault victims with PTSD will be competing for Canada in Sydney.

                    

A support helpline run by Indigenous women for Indigenous women will be expanded from northern Ontario to the entire province to help those in distress.

IN THE NEWS

"This has been an incredibly galvanizing moment for survivors," says crisis centre director.
                           

MeToo and medicine: Is male fear hurting female careers?


Women in the medical field are used to facing barriers as they try to advance their careers. New research says they’re now facing a new obstacle as a direct result of the #MeToo movement.

MeToo began as a movement against sexual assault and harassment of women. It has since grown to include employment discrimination and other forms of institutionalized sexism.

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After bitter nomination fight, Brett Kavanaugh sworn in as U.S. Supreme Court justice

 
Following months of incendiary accusations, polarizing politics and rowdy Capitol protests, Brett Kavanaugh on Saturday was sworn in as the latest U.S. Supreme Court justice.
                    

Safety on transit, Indigenous issues and reporting sexual assault focus of United Nations forum on making cities safer for women and girls

 
The United Nations Creating Safe Spaces for Women and Girls forum gathered leaders from around the world to discuss making “urban public spaces safe and empowering for women and girls.”
                    

Martineau gets four months for assault


Derek Michael Martineau appeared in Estevan Provincial Court on Monday with so many charges that they filled nearly two full pages on the court docket.
                    

SRSD facing another lawsuit in connection with historical sexual abuse case

Several years after the Saskatchewan Rivers Public School Division settled lawsuits involving former students of known pedophile Dennis Foster, another woman has come forward with claims she continues to suffer the effects of sexual abuse.

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RESOURCES

Mainstream media has the power to shape conversations about violence in our communities. News stories about sexual violence affect the way we think about it. This tool was created in recognition of the power media has in shaping understandings of sexual violence, and to support those who work in the media as they navigate covering sexual violence. Use the Right Words provides the language and frameworks required to report on sexual violence in ways that do not shame or blame survivors.

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Status of Women Canada is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit applications for funding through the Capacity-building Fund of the Women’s Program.

The objective of this Call for Proposals (CFP) is to fund proposals that will increase the capacity of eligible women’s and Indigenous organizations whose initiatives contribute to a viable women’s movement in Canada to advance gender equality. Funding will increase organizational capacity and help organizations work collectively to address gender equality issues.

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Invitation to Submit a Letter of Intent (LOI)

 
The Mental Health Promotion Innovation Fund (MHP-IF) invites organizations to submit Letters of Intent for funding for projects which promote mental health through innovative health interventions.
                          

Check out the following newsletters for updates and more information on these organizations:

SSAIC Newsletter
                          
PATHS Newsletter
                          
PreventConnect Newsletter
                          
STOPS Newsletter
                          
AASAS Newsletter

TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS

Don't miss out on the following training opportunities:

The National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health hosted a webinar on Substance Use, Trauma and Domestic Violence: Critical Issues, Promising Approaches, which is available to watch on their website.
Check it out
RESOLVE is hosting a 3-hour workshop on mothering within the intimate partner violence context.
The event will be held on November 6 at the Sargeant Tommy Prince Place in Winnipeg, MB.
Contact them
                          

211 Saskatchewan webinar

 
211 is offering a webinar to service providers and anyone interacting with the public in their community who wants to learn more about their services. The webinar will be offered on October 30, November 21 and December 6 through GoTo Meeting.
                          

Web Conference on Teen Dating

 
PreventConnect invites you to join their web conference, Fostering School Environments that Prevent Teen Dating Violence and Sexual Harassment, on October 31.
                          

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Treatment for Psychosis

 
SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health Learning Institute invites you to join this Cognitive Behaviour Therapy workshop on November 16 in Toronto, ON.
                          
Envision Assertiveness Workshop

PATHS Make It Our Business Workshop

 
PATHS is hosting a workshop on November 20 on the dynamics of Intimate Partner Violence and how to recognize, respond and refer as it impacts the workplace.
The event will be held at their office in Regina.
                          

Harm reduction - a Framework for Change, Choice and Control

Saskatoon: November 1

Harm reduction is an approach to help people explore their relationship with substances and behaviours. It works to reduce and mitigate damage and pain, and offers strategies to increase and promote safety, choice, and control. Harm reduction moves away from traditional understandings of “addiction” as a disease, and responses that are based on assumed morality and abstinence, or fear and punishment.

Click here to register

De-escalating potentially violent situations

Sasktoon: November 14
Regina: November 16

 

For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal communication styles.

Click here to register
                          

Assertive Communication

Saskatoon: November 8

Regina: November 9

 

Our communication skills and style are essential to positive and productive relations. Effective communication requires us to be clear about our own thoughts and desires, and also to be responsive to those of others. Assertive communicators express ideas and feelings in transparent, open, and direct ways – stating their needs clearly and without defensiveness.

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Workplace Sexual Harassment - Why It Happens and How to Prevent it

Saskatoon: November 20

Regina: November 23

 

Sexual Harassment is not only detrimental to the person who has been harassed, it also impacts the wellbeing of the entire workplace. This workshop presents a proactive approach for those seeking to understand and prevent sexual harassment in the workplace. Going beyond basic definitions and policies, participants will gain a better understanding of what sexual harassment is, why it happens, and how to prevent it.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

"You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them" 

- Maya Angelou

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