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OCTOBER NEWSLETTER

SASS Updates
Member Agency Updates
Featured Member Agency: PARTNERS Family Services
Sexual Assault Initiatives
In the News
Resources
Training and Workshops

SASS UPDATES

 Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review

We are excited to support the Regina Sexual Assault Centre and their partnership with the Regina Police Service as they launched the first Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review in Saskatchewan! Regina Sexual Assault Centre spent the week of October 14th reviewing sexual assault files that were not cleared by charge in hopes of providing a safety net for those who report, and to ensure that their cases are investigated to the highest standard.
 
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 Saskatchewan Violence Prevention Week


SASS, and our provincial partners STOPS and PATHS, held a social media blitz campaign during the Saskatchewan Violence Prevention Week with the theme of Everyone’s Responsibility. SASS highlighted the prevelence of sexual violence in our province with the subtheme Working Together to End Sexual Violence. For each day of the week, we highlighted findings and key messages from our Survey Report released on May 13, 2019 along with the hashtags #violencefreeksask and #svpw2019 to tie it with other organizations that are participating in the social media blitz.

MEMBER AGENCY UPDATES

 Adopt a Family Program

North East Outreach and Support Services's adopt a family program is in full swing! Sign up now and touch someone's life this holiday season by puchasing actual groceries or a gift card for a family in need.
For more information call 306.752.9464 

Choosing You 

Batlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre is holding a 4 week gathering.  The group will discuss issues that women are facing today, and create a wellness plan unique to each participant!

For more information and to register call 306.445.0055

First Responder Training

Envision Counseling and Support Centre is offering First Responder to Sexual Abuse and Assault Training to the Southeast on October 22-23, 2019. The training will be held in Estevan, SK. To register call (306) 637-4004 or email [email protected]

FEATURED MEMBER AGENCY

PARTNERS Family Services

PARTNERS Family Services provides crisis intervention services, interpersonal and family violence support, adult and youth counselling, the Children Exposed to Violence Program, Triple P Parenting Programs, in home family support and outreach programs in Humboldt and the surrounding area.

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SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES

$1.6 million aimed at addressing sexual harassment in Sask. workplaces

Thanks to $1.6 million in federal funding, the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission (SHRC) is taking the lead on a new project to help combat sexual harassment in the workplace.

Alberta to introduce legislation that would allow access to partner's criminal records

Legislation is being introduced in Alberta this fall to bring a British law to the province that would give people access to their partner’s criminal records in hopes it will help prevent domestic violence.

Projects aimed at preventing sexual violence on N.S. campuses get funding

Projects aimed at preventing sexual violence, creating a culture of consent and supporting survivors on university and college campuses in Nova Scotia have received a $400,000 boost from the provincial government.

    
MAKE IT OUR BUSINESS TRAINING - NOVEMBER SESSION

With the passing of recent provincial legislation, Saskatchewan now offers paid leave to victims of domestic and sexual violence who require time off from work. What does this mean for employers and HR professionals? 
This program provides information to engage employers and other workplace stakeholders to prevent workplace domestic violence, to support employees at risk of or currently experiencing domestic violence, and to improve workplace health and safety. The Program’s full day session will also look at developing policy and procedures for the workplace.
 

Regina Session:
When:November 26th, 8:30am-4:00pm
Where: Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Boardroom (#200-2221 Cornwall Street Regina)
Cost:$125 plus GST SCC & CPHR Sask Member Registrants (Contact Michele for Promo Code)
$175 plus GST Non-Member Registrants

Saskatoon Session:
When: November 27th, 8:30am-4:00pm
Where:Edwards School of Business, K W Nasser Centre (256 3rd Avenue South)
Cost: $125 plus GST SCC & CPHR Sask Member Registrants (Contact Michele for Promo Code)
$175 plus GST Non-Member Registrants
 
Saskatoon
Regina

IN THE NEWS

The Internet Is Overrun With Images of Child Sexual Abuse. What Went Wrong?

Online predators create and share the illegal material, which is increasingly cloaked by technology. Tech companies, the government and the authorities are no match.
Sexual Assault Nurses program will now cover entire province

 

An announcement this week from the Department of Health and Wellness will provide more resources to victims of sexual assault.
The Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program (SANE) is expanding to cover the areas of Cumberland, Colchester, East Hants and the Eastern Shore.

Student-on-student sexual violence highest in Prairies, CBC national survey finds

A CBC News survey that asked more than 4,000 young Canadians to describe their experiences with violence on school grounds found the Prairies had some of the highest rates for sexually related incidents. 
UFC Should Suspend Conor McGregor Pending Outcome Of Sexual Assault Investigations

 

On Saturday, the New York Times revealed that the “Irish sports star” who is under investigation for an alleged sexual assault is former two-division UFC champion Conor McGregor.

RESOURCES

National Sexual Violence Resource Centre

 
The National Sexual Violence Resource Centre has database of past campaigns. This includes resources and information on topics including asking for consent, healthy communication, engaging others in the issue, and sexual assault on university campuses. 
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Language matters: Using respectful language in relation to sexual health, substance use, STBBIs and intersecting sources of stigma

 
This document aims to reduce stigma through the careful consideration of language associated with sexual health, substance use, and communities that might experience layered or intersectional stigma within these contexts. It is intended to help health and social service providers identify language that can facilitate safer and more respectful discussions about sexual health, substance use, and STBBIs.
 
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TRAINING AND WORKSHOPS

Don't miss out on the following training opportunities:

 
       Recognizing and Responding to Sexual Violence in Canada
Nov. 4 - 24, 2019
Online
 

In this workshop the SexualAssault Centre of Edmonton presents accurate, research-based, non-victim-blaming information on sexual violence and prevalent attitudes and beliefs that create conditions where sexual violence is allowed to happen. Participants will gain a thorough understanding of Canada’s consent laws, how to respond to disclosures of sexual assault, and effective community responses to sexual violence.
 
Register
                          
 
       Vicarious Trauma - Strategies For Resilience
Nov. 5, 2019
Regina, SK
 

This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to examine their own experiences and become aware of the signs of both vicarious trauma and vicarious growth. Participants will have the opportunity to develop a personalized plan to repair negative effects as well as accelerate their resilience.
 
 
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Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships
 
Nov. 6, 2019
Web Conference
 
This web conference will introduce participants to CDC’s comprehensive teen dating violence prevention model, Dating Matters: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships.  Participants will learn about the latest research evidence showing that Dating Matters is effective in preventing teen dating violence.  The web conference will also showcase the Dating Matters Toolkit, which provides communities—for the first time—with all of the tools, guidance, and materials they need to implement all seven components of the Dating Matters model.
 
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Addressing Gender Inequality: Opportunities to empower and support girls (Web Conference)
Nov. 18, 2019
1:00p - 2:30p


According to the CDC, programs that produce confidence, knowledge, and leadership skills in young women, can lead to positive outcomes in multiple areas including education, employment, and community engagement. Influencing girls’ education, employment, and community engagement success can decrease certain risk factors associated with sexual violence victimization. This web conference will feature guests from two programs that engage girls and young women in activities to build confidence, knowledge, and leadership skills in their communities.
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Trauma-Informed Responses to Human Trafficking
 
 
In this webinar, a theoretical overview as well as examples for the practical application of intersectional trauma-informed practices are provided and audiences are invited to critically reflect upon ways in which these practices can be utilized in your own work on human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
 
The video presentation and power point slides are posted on their website.
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

"The day the power of love overrules the love of power, the world will know peace. "

- Gandhi

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