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DECEMBER NEWSLETTER

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

SASS UPDATES

2018 was an eventful year for SASS and for Saskatchewan, and we had moments of joy and sadness. This year was marked by the tragic accident involving the Humboldt Broncos ice hockey junior team, which killed 16 people and left 13 injured. Saskatchewan people, and particularly the Humboldt community, still grieve for their losses.

The #MeToo movement grows stronger and calls for action against sexual violence. The movement has sparked similar trends on social media, such as #WhyIDidntReport, #BelieveSurvivors, and AASAS's campaign #IBelieveYou... Now What?. There has also been an increase in reporting sexual violence across Canada as a consequence of #MeToo

Canada has also seen an increase in support for survivors and has put more emphasis on prevention of sexual violence. The federal government has invested money on gender-based violence prevention, and the Government of Saskatchewan continues to support SASS in our initiatives. Additionally, universities in Saskatchewan and all over the country are now revising their sexual violence policies in an attempt to increase support for survivors. 

SASS has made incredible progress on the Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan and built strong partnerships in the province to end sexual violence.

As we approach the end of this year, we are excited for what 2019 will bring. We will be hosting our first Annual Leadership Forum in February and releasing our Action Plan in the Spring.

We would like to thank you for supporting SASS and wish you Happy Holidays and prosper New Year!

                           

SASS is pleased to inform that we have received funding from the Department of Justice Canada for our First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training program.

This program will build capacity for professionals, volunteers and community members throughout Saskatchewan to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

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SASS has hired Jenna Tickell as the Project Coordinator for our First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse training.

Jenna has nine years of post-secondary education (majored in Women and Genders' Studies and minored in Psychology and Religious Studies), which has broadened her awareness and understanding of interpersonal violence and cultural sensitivity. Jenna has spent the last four years facilitating two programs: Project of Heart and Justice for Indigenous Women, out of Luther College at the University of Regina.

We are pleased to welcome Jenna to our team!

MEMBER AGENCY UPDATES

Battlefords & Area Sexual Assault Centre is selling tickets for their fundraiser. The event will take place on February 15 at the Battlefords Agriculture Society.

FEATURED MEMBER AGENCY

RSAC is located in Regina and provides support to individuals, regardless of sex or gender, who have been impacted by sexual assault, childhood abuse or interpersonal violence.

The Centre currently employs three counsellors, one full-time administrative assistant and a full-time Executive Director/Education Coordinator. 

SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES

Status of Women Minister Maryam Monsef has announced $50 million for programs across Canada that support survivors of gender-based violence, saying more people than ever are coming forward to seek support and tell their stories.
                    
Canada is taking another step to acknowledge the centuries of harm done to Indigenous people by agreeing to compensate those who were abused as children while attending one of roughly 700 government-funded day schools.

IN THE NEWS

Nobody believed Neil deGrasse Tyson's first accuser. Now there are three more.

 
No one believed Tchiya Amet when she said Tyson had raped her in the 1980s. Now, three other women tell BuzzFeed News that he harassed them, including one who’s sharing her story publicly for the first time.
                    

Man raped by inmates during 'scared straight' prison tour awarded $175K from B.C.

 
Victim was assaulted during visit that was one of his terms of probation in late 1970s
                    

Drink spiking: 'Stop blaming the victims'

 
A young woman who says she had her drink spiked in a Glasgow nightclub wants people to stop blaming the victims and tackle the problem.
                    

More jail time won't stop violence against Indigenous women, advocates say

 
A Saskatchewan senator wants to stop violence against Indigenous women, but some say her plan could make things worse.
                    

Post-Weinstein, these are the powerful men facing sexual harassment allegations


After The New York Times published an explosive report in October 2017 detailing decades of sexual harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein, dozens of women came forward with their own accusations against the Hollywood mogul. Within a week Weinstein had been fired from his company and expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Now, in a post-Weinstein world, legions of women have felt empowered to speak out and share their own #MeToo stories—both on social media and in news outlets. The reports against the powerful producer sparked an avalanche of accusations against high-profile men in media, politics, Silicon Valley, and Hollywood, all with varying degrees of repercussions. Sexual harassment in the workplace is certainly nothing new, but it’s safe to say the issue is now, rightfully, taking center stage.

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RESOURCES

Sexual assault initiatives at the University of Regina and the University of Saskatchewan.

Saskatchewan's universities are committed to ending sexual violence on campus.
                          

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2019


Organizations hosting projects to support Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2019, from May 26 to June 1, are encouraged to apply for funding from the Department of Justice Canada`s Vcitims Fund.
                          

What to do when she says #MeToo

 

Most parents want their children to confide in them about their problems. Unfortunately, if you have a daughter, there is a real possibility that one such problem may be that of sexual harassment or violence. A study from Harvard University found 87% of girls have experienced sexual harassment and the CDC reports nearly one in three women have experienced some form of sexual violence victimization. Being a victim of sexual violence or harassment is one of the biggest problems that a teenager can face and, correspondingly, it can be one of the most difficult problems them to talk about. Even if a parent and child have a close and trusting relationship, teens may have compelling reasons for not disclosing.

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

TRAINING,  WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS

Don't miss out on the following training opportunities:

Navigating Difficult Client Relationships

Regina: January 29

Saskatoon: January 30

 

For those who work in a helping role, it can be very challenging when clients are vulnerable, stressed-out, or quick to engage in conflict. Complicating matters is that difficult dynamics in the relationship are often amplified by different styles of communicating. This workshop reviews what contributes to these challenges, including the intra-personal, inter-personal, and organizational factors.

Register in Regina
Register in Saskatoon

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

"Success isn't about how much you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives" 

- Michelle Obama

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