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Sexual Assault Initiatives
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SASS UPDATES

Sexual Assault Awareness Week

The province of Saskatchewan has designated May 13-17 as Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Awareness Week.The Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan (SASS) along with our member agencies and many communities around the province will recognize this week by hosting events to create awareness of sexual violence and support people of all ages and genders. The focus of the week is to raise public awareness about sexual assault violence and the services available in communities around the province that support survivors.
Please contact SASS for materials and resources.

                           

 Education Day 2019

SASS had the honour to present the First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training program to the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses. Thank you for the work that you do in the province.
 

MEMBER AGENCY UPDATES

SIGN 50th Anniversay

SIGN will be hosting a 50th Anniversary Banquet on May 10, 2019, and would love to see you, your coworkers and your organization attend the event as a community partner and friend of SIGN. Tickets can be purchased online at or call 306-783-9409 to purchase at the Front Desk at 83 North Street.
They will also be hosting a Board/Staff Reunion at the Wildlife Federation Clubhouse at York Lake the following day. When you purchase your ticket, indicate that you are a former staff/board member and you will recieve all the details for the reunion! 

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes 2019

North East Outreach and Support Services invites everyone to participate in our “Walk A Mile in Her Shoes” event being held in Tisdale on May 28, 2019. The Walk a Mile event is a playful opportunity for men to raise awareness in their community about the serious causes and effects of domestic, sexualized and gender violence. Women and children can walk as well in support of victims or the men who walk.

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse™ Training

Regina Sexual Assault Centre is hosting First Responder Training in Moose Jaw on May 2 and 3. Individuals who complete the training will leave with knowledge about the causes, indicators and impacts of sexual violence, as well as communication techniques and the legal and medical processes, so that they are prepared to connect with the victim in the short term and help them determine how they want to move forward. 

WALK A MILE IN HER SHOES 

Battlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre, May 14, 2019.
Get ready to strut your stuff!. REGISTRATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!. Get your team together or register as an individual. Call 445-0055 or email [email protected] Come out and support a great cause!

FEATURED MEMBER AGENCY

 

Envision Counselling and Support Centre

Envision Counselling and Support Centre provides therapeutic counselling and support, crisis intervention, in-home services, groups, workshops, and education that help individuals, families, and couples to feel empowered and content.

Envision believes in client-centered counselling, with an emphasis on engaging clients’ strengths. This means our clients decide what issues they will work on. Envision counsellors won’t force clients to do something they’re not ready for.
 
They are hosting a Silver Anniversary Luncheon on May 16 in Estevan with guest speaker Theoren Fleury.
 
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SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES

Quebec Catholic dioceses tap ex-judge to investigate alleged cases of sexual abuse

A retired judge will examine 70 years of archives to determine the number and nature of cases of alleged sexual abuse committed against minors in five Catholic dioceses in Quebec, including Montreal.The goal is to collect statistics on the number of allegations that involve both clergy members and staff at the Joliette, Montreal, Saint-Jean-Longueuil, Saint-Jérôme and Valleyfield dioceses, according to a news release issued by the Archdiocese of Montreal.

SSAIC Newsletter

'Consent condom' that needs four hands to open created by ad agency

 
It takes four hands, or two people, to open the box surrounding the new ‘consent condom’ created by Argentinian ad agency BBDO, in the hopes to raise awareness and highlight the importance of consent in sexual relationships.

The age of consent

Eighteen months after making national headlines with its action plan on campus sexual violence, Students for Consent Culture (SFCC) released its first retrospective report last Wednesday.

SFCC is a national collective of students dedicated to fighting campus sexual violence and reforming university sexual violence policies. The group supersedes OurTurn National, which was founded by a group of Carleton students in 2016.
SSAIC Newsletter

Calgary's sexual assault 'unfounded' rate plummets under new police protocols


Calgary police say one year after adopting a new sexual offence strategy, its unfounded sexual assault rate has dropped by just about seven percentage points, so that less than three out of 100 potential cases are deemed not worth pursuing. 

Government of Canada supports LGBTQ2 survivors of gender-based violence in Saskatoon

Randy Boissonnault, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister on LGBTQ2 Issues, on behalf of the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of International Development and Minister for Women and Gender Equality, and the Honourable Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, announced federal funding to support LGBTQ2 individuals, particularly youth, who are survivors of gender-based violence.

IN THE NEWS

When the offender is a police officer, sexual assault is harder to report, advocates say

 
Since 2017, SIU has launched 18 sexual assault investigations into Waterloo regional police officers. For people who say they've been sexually assaulted by police, the process of reporting the incident carries an added layer of difficulty, according to advocates.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Stuns Fans With Powerful Episode About Sexual Assault

“Grey’s Anatomy” aired what some are calling the most poignant episode in the show’s history on Thursday night. In the episode, entitled “Silent All These Years”, actress Khalilah Joi guest-starred as Abby, a woman who is the victim of sexual assault but is afraid to report the incident.
                    

Most women don’t think reporting sexual assault leads to action — that needs to change

We are in the midst of a powerful discourse. Women and equity, power and consent, and what happens when all four converge.
A year and a half ago, we witnessed this explosive convergence, highlighting the pervasive power imbalances in every sphere of public and private life. Survivors decided to speak up, displaying bravery in the face of incredible adversity.
                    

Advocate against sexual exploitation convicted of sexual assault

A man who ran a B.C.-based foundation dedicated to fighting sexual exploitation and gender-based violence has been convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in her home.
A B.C. Supreme Court justice has convicted Joel James Conway of breaking into the woman's Saanich, B.C., townhouse as she slept in her room more than two years ago.
                    

Long-time Regina pastor charged with physical and sexual abuse

A long serving Regina pastor has been charged with physical and sexual abuse, according to the Archdiocese of Regina.

Robert MacKenzie has been charged by Scottish authorities with abuse which allegedly happened at boarding and day schools in Scotland.
 
On March 22, Scottish authorities got a surrender order from Canada’s Minister of Justice, authorizing the extradition of MacKenzie to Scotland for trial.
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RESOURCES

RESOURCE MANUAL – Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth

This manual will assist readers in understanding the experience and motivations of adolescents who intentionally injure themselves. In addition, practical strategies for working with youth struggling with this complex issue will be presented. Readers of this manual will increase their insight regarding self-injury behaviour in youth and be provided with a framework for effective intervention. 64 pages.
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Pieces of a Puzzle: Perspectives on Child Sexual Abuse 

This collection presents various “pieces” towards a comprehensive understanding of child sexual abuse and is intended for practitioners, researchers and students interested in contemporary perspectives on this issue. The volume offers a description of current Canadian research and intervention efforts on topics including treatment for child victims, understanding mothers of children who have been sexually abused, grooming patterns of offenders, a family systems approach to treatment, criminal prosecution in child sexual abuse cases and the use of community notification programs.

Amazon
                          

Online Therapy Unit

Online Therapy Unit provides online service delivery, education, and research in the field of mental health. The website has great resources and courses available to both clients and professionals. This includes online self-help guides mainly focusing on depression, anxiety, and panic. They also provide a list of mental health resources by province.

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The Male Survivor

The Male Survivor examines the phenomenon and long-term impact of sexual abuse on male children, and dispels many myths regarding the invulnerability of male victims. In this pioneering effort, Mendel argues that various societal myths and beliefs have led to a profound underrecognition of male sexual abuse, and that increased attention to, and acknowledgment of, male victimization is needed to reduce the isolation of male survivors, as well as aid in the decrease of abuse incidents. Modifications and revisions of conceptual frameworks regarding long-term sequelae of childhood sexual abuse are also proposed as they apply to the male experience. Clinical practitioners, interns, advanced students and researchers will find the cutting edge research of The Male Survivor to be a valuable contribution in the efforts to understand and treat this population so wounded by early sexual abuse.

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

RESOLVE Newsletter
                          
RESOLVE Newsletter
                          
RESOLVE Newsletter

TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS

Don't miss out on the following training opportunities:


         End Violence Against Women International’s (EVAWI) 
OnLine Training Institute

EVAWI has developed the OnLine Training Institute (OLTI) to bring state-of-the art training to anyone who is interested, on the topic of criminal justice response to sexual assault. The OLTI provides the opportunity for interested professionals to expand their knowledge of cutting edge developments in the criminal justice and community response to sexual assault, with particular emphasis on those crimes committed by someone who is known to the victim.

The OLTI is FREE. There is no cost to register, enroll, or complete any of the modules.

Their newest module is Forensic Examinations of Sexual Assault Victims and Suspects Role of the Examination in Sex Crimes Investigations, and is designed to improve the use of forensic examinations to collect evidence from the bodies and clothing of both victims and suspects during a sexual assault investigation. 

Enroll
                          

       Recognizing and Responding to the Commonly Misunderstood Reactions to Sexual Assault

Survivors who experience other common, but less well under-stood reactions, such as pretending that everything is fine, convincing oneself that 'it could have been worse', or maintaining a relationship with the perpetrator after an assault, can be met with disbelief and judgmental comments, further traumatizing the victim.
This curriculum was designed to enhance diverse professionals' knowledge about a range of commonly misunderstood reactions of survivors to sexual assault and how to respond to them.Completing the curriculum will require approximately one hour and a downloadable certificate is available at the end.

Register
                          

PreventionTrauma-Informed Care – Building a Culture of Strength

 
Saskatoon: May 1, 2019
Regina: May 3, 2019

This workshop explores how to build a trauma-informed culture in a workplace setting that integrates knowledge throughout the organization. Participants will develop an understanding of the pervasive impact of trauma on individual health and relationships. Guiding principles will be explored for increasing emotional and physical safety, culturally sensitive empowerment, and creating greater resilience for all parts of an organization. 

Saskatoon registration
Regina registration

"The Power of MeToo" Trauma Workshop

 May 15, 2019
Weyburn, SK

Theo’s full workshop sessions on leadership and teamwork resonate in workplace training settings. Theo imparts the tools needed to first recognize signs of trauma in others and to then conduct productive conversations with survivors that can help them along their path toward healing.

Early bird registration ends March 31. 
Register

Prevention Matters Conference 2019

October 1-2, 2019
Saskatoon, SK

Prevention Matters 2019 will focus on building connections and collaborations across disciplines and across the province, to learn from one another to address healthy child development and well-being. The conference will highlight the role of prevention in health and how knowledge exchange (sharing knowledge in multiple directions and ways) is the foundation to addressing needs and improving health. 

Special Early Bird Registration ends March 31, 2019.

Register

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

"It’s not about perfect. It’s about effort. And when you bring that effort every single day, that’s where transformation happens. That’s how change occurs." 

- Jillian Michaels

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