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June NEWSLETTER

SASS Updates
Member Agency Updates
Featured Member Agency: Piwapan Women's Centre
Sexual Assault Initiatives
In the News
Resources
Training and Workshops

SASS UPDATES

 Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting for Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan was held on June 25, 2019. You can find our Annual Report and Audit below.
 
Annual Report


Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review


We are excited to be working alongside the Regina Sexual Assault Centre and Regina Police Services to conduct the first VACR this summer. This will be the first advocate case review conducted in Saskatchewan and serve as an example for other Saskatchewan communities.  RSAC will be working to review police files, with the goal of identifying issues and gaps in investigations. The process hopes to improve police response and outcomes for those who report. You can find more information about the VACR project below.

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MEMBER AGENCY UPDATES

 Walk in Clinic

PARTNERS Family Services launched a Humboldt walk in counselling clinic in partnership with Saskatchewan Health Authority. The counseling is offerred one day a week and allows children, youth, adults, and couples to access same day councelling services.

LGBTQ2S Resources

Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre has partnered with OUTSaskatoon to create two resources specific to the LGBTQ2S community. SSAIC is committed to ensuring that their public education materials and website are inclusive, and have made this a priority for the year.

Girls Personal Positivity Summer Camp 

Envision Counseling and Support Centre and The Four Pillars Health and Wellness Retreat Centre have developed a one-of-a-kind camp to empower girls/female identifying persons. This camp will provide a safe space to discuss common issues faced by teenagers and to promote healthy life styles, healthy relationships, and self-care.

Gardening Group for Survivors

Regina Sexual Assault Centre is inplementing a summer gardening group for adault survivors of sexual violence. The group is free and will run for a total of six weeks. Please call 306.522.2777 or email [email protected] to register.

FEATURED MEMBER AGENCY

 

Piwapan Women's Centre

Over the years Piwapan Women's Centre has offered a full range of residential and outreach services specializing in helping women and children impacted by family violence. Piwapan plays a key role in servicing the La Ronge area and small communitees in Northern SK. 

Piwapan Women's Centre provides sexual assault services including individual support, networking, referrals, advocacy, education and activities for survivors of sexual assault.

 
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SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES

Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline

The Canadian Human Trafficking Hotline is a confidential, multilingual service, operating 24/7 to connect victims and survivors with social services, law enforcement, and emergency services, as well as receive tips from the public.

McGill launches new mandatory online course on sexual violence and consent

 
As an answer to Quebec's new requirements for sexual violence prevention, McGill University has developed its online course which will be mandatory for all students and staff.

N.W.T. aims for new way to report sexual assault

The Northwest Territories government is inching closer to a mechanism for people to report sexual assault without going directly to police: third-party reporting.

IN THE NEWS

MMIWG report calls for public inquiry into allegations of racism, sexual assault by Manitoba Hydro workers

 
The final report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls says Manitoba needs to look much deeper at the impact of its hydroelectric projects — not behind closed doors, but through a public inquiry.

Sask. teen sexually abused as child says school system didn't equip her to escape

The 17-year-old says it was a TV show — not anything she learned in school — that made her realize the things she'd suffered for years in her home were sexual abuse.
                    

Sask. sexual assault survivor calls for more education on when a medical exam becomes inappropriate

 
Sarah Vermette remembers leaving the campus doctor's office feeling embarrassed and confused.
The Saskatoon resident was 24 years old and studying for her master's degree at the University of Southern California (USC) in the early 2000s.
She said that's when she was sexually assaulted by now-former USC campus gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall. 
                    

15-month sentence for healing lodge worker convicted of sexual assault

The former acting deputy director of the Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge has been sentenced to a jail term after he was convicted this past December of sexually assaulting two inmates in 2015.

Stanley Dorie was given a 15-month sentence last week for one count of sexual assault and another 12-month sentence for the second count in a Swift Current provincial court. The sentences are to be served concurrently.
 
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RESOURCES

Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls

The Final Report is comprised of the truths of more than 2,380 family members, survivors of violence, experts and Knowledge Keepers shared over two years of cross-country public hearings and evidence gathering...As documented in the Final Report, testimony from family members and survivors of violence spoke about a surrounding context marked by multigenerational and intergenerational trauma and marginalization in the form of poverty, insecure housing or homelessness and barriers to education, employment, health care and cultural support. Experts and Knowledge Keepers spoke to specific colonial and patriarchal policies that displaced women from their traditional roles in communities and governance and diminished their status in society, leaving them vulnerable to violence.
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Online Dating and Dating App Safety Tips

RAINN developed new online dating and dating app safety tips, in the form of these sharable graphics, to help you feel as safe and secure as possible when meeting someone new.

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Counselling Insights

This book offers practical strategies for supporting people of all ages who have a variety of issues, whether psychological (anxiety, trauma, depression), based on life circumstances (loss and grief, oppressive societal attitudes), or due to harmful ways of coping with these or other life stressors (self-injury, substance use, suicidality).

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Sexual Violence in Saskatchewan: A Survey Report

The Survey Report is part of the research that influenced the Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan. This research project aims to garner a comprehensive understanding of sexual violence in Saskatchewan through an examination of sexual violence experiences as well as the existing strengths and gaps in service. The surveys examined instances of sexual assault among individuals in Saskatchewan, the context surrounding the assaults, the services used by sexual assault survivors, and their satisfaction with these services. The surveys examined sexual assault experiences from the perspective of survivors, their relatives and friends, and service providers.

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Improving Responses to Sexual Assault Disclosures: Both Informal and
Formal Support Providers

In this Training Bulletin, we review the research literature on sexual assault disclosures and the responses survivors receive from both informal and formal support providers. We also examine public awareness campaigns designed to prevent sexual assault and improve responses to survivors. This includes outlining the rationale for our Start by Believing campaign and describing preliminary evidence for its positive impact. The ultimate goal is to improve responses to sexual assault victims around the world.

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TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS

Don't miss out on the following training opportunities:

 
         Suspect Forensic Examinations and Evidence Collection Webinar
 
The purpose of this webinar is to make the case for the importance of suspect examinations, for the collection of evidence from both the suspect's body and clothing, to explore some of the reasons and barriers as to why they often are not done, and to provide concrete recommendations for overcoming these barriers and using suspect examinations effectively in your jurisdiction.
 
Webinair recording now available in archive.
Register
                          

       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.

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Experimenting, Learning, and Moving to a World Without Violence: An Introduction to the Resonance Network

 July 11, 2019

Join this first session of a new web conference series from Resonance Network, a community of practice committed to transformative movement making to end violence, and PreventConnect. Learn about Resonance Network’s values, purpose, and ongoing work, including the Innovation Lab. Guests will explore how they have been energized through storytelling and art, engage in healing justice work, and shift state coalitions to an emerging worldview.

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Brief Focused Counseling Skills

 July 23-24, 2019
Saskatoon, SK

This workshop is designed to move beyond general counselling skills and offer increased capacity and confidence to those wanting to expand their existing knowledge base and current skill set. Participants will acquire a deeper understanding of Cognitive Behavioural, Strengths-Based, Narrative, and Solution-Focused counselling frameworks. Practical strategies and techniques from each of these frameworks will be explored, accompanied with experiential opportunities to assess and understand their application within a counselling context.

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201Best Practices of Law Enforcement in Working
with LGBTQ Victims: 
A Webinar for Community Advocates

 
 Monday, 
July 29, 2019
2:00-3:30 PM Eastern Time Zone
Registration closes July 2

This webinar will highlight some of the most effective and replicable law enforcement practices being implemented across the country to improve law enforcement/LGBTQ community relations. Specific attention will be paid to the roles LGBTQ advocates can play in improving their own communities’ LGBTQ/law enforcement relationships.

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Sexual Assault Awareness; Compassionately Responding to Disclosures 

 
September 5, 2019
9:00am - 4:30pm
Winnipeg MB

This workshop is ideal for individuals working in the social services and 'helper' roles or who might be in a position to respond to disclosures of sexual assault such as teachers, social workers, counsellors, HR, medical professionals, legal professions, law enforcement, policy makers, case/support workers, RAs, and management. Formal counselling experience is not a requirement.

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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. 

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

"You were born with the ability to change someone's life. Don't ever waste it." 

- Dale Partridge

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