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MARCH NEWSLETTER

SASS Updates
Member Agency Updates
Featured Member Agency: Battlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre
Sexual Assault Initiatives
In the News
Resources
Training and Workshops

SASS UPDATES

 

Sexual Assault Awareness Week

We anticipate that the Government of Saskatchewan will proclaim May 13 to 17, 2019 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. A big Thank you to the Praireaction Foundation for their generous sponsorship for the week. Funding from foundations like yours helps us to continue our missions to create opportunities for members and communities to collectively work together to end sexual violence. 
 
                           

 First Responder Training

Representatives from our 9 member agencies and community partners successfully completed the "Train the Trainer", First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training this month.
With support from the Government of Canada, the Sexual Assault Service of Saskatchewan has obtained a license to provide the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™.
This training is intended to build the capacity of professionals, paraprofessionals and community members to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Survivors who receive safe and supportive responses to disclosures of sexual violence are more likely to reach out for help from medical and counselling services and/or report to police.
First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™ is a comprehensive two day training, inclusive of the full continum of sexual violence and across the lifespan. 
For more information or to find a training, contact our local member agency in your area.
 

MEMBER AGENCY UPDATES

First Responder to Sexual Assault Training Program

The Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre (SSAIC) is excited to offer a 2-day intensive course called First Responder to Sexual Assault Training™ on March 29 and 30. The course content was developed and trademarked by the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS), and SSAIC has two accredited facilitators who can offer this training in our home community of Saskatoon.

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.

Free Triple P group sessions

These sessions are free and open to parents/caregivers of children 10 years and under. This program is a total of eight weeks in length, therefore a commitment of attending on these dates is expected.
Pre-registration is required. Only 12 spots are available.
All sessions will take place at SIGN on Broadway, 345 Broadway Street West in Yorkton, SK.

 

Envision Counselling Fills Community Need with EAP/Fee for Service Counselling 

Southeast Saskatchewan – Envision Counselling and Support Centre is excited to announce that they are now able to provide Employee Assistance Program (EAP) counselling in the Southeast as of April 1, 2019. EAP is a voluntary, confidential counselling program that helps employees work through various life challenges.

FEATURED MEMBER AGENCY

Battlefords & Area Sexual Assault Centre 

The Battlefords & Area Sexual Assault Centre believes in providing support, counseling, and information to the victims of sexual assault, their families, and significant others.   Anyone traumatized by sexual assault is entitled to a free and confidential service to assist them to return to a normal lifestyle as soon as possible.

SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES

Government of Canada Announces Funding for the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre and Sexual Assault Services Association

 
New project will support the prevention of teen dating violence

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Quebec considers sexual assault courts

New Quebec Justice Minister Sonia LeBel is no stranger to the criminal justice system.

That’s why she is nonplused by all the hoopla and handwringing over an idea now being formally discussed to create a new division in the Court of Quebec to handle cases of sexual assault and domestic violence. It would be the first of its kind in Canada.
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N.S. announces new program offering free legal advice to sex assault complainants

 
The Nova Scotia government is introducing a new program to reduce the trauma faced by people alleging they were victims of sexual assault as their cases are dealt with by the courts.

Government of Canada Announces Funding to Promote Healthy Relationships for Vulnerable Youth

This project will support research activities aimed at preventing teen dating violence

SSAIC Newsletter

Doctors, nurses prepare for new bill to protect patients from sexual abuse

 
With Alberta just weeks away from launching a law designed to protect patients from sexual abuse and misconduct, the province's three dozen regulatory colleges are working behind the scenes to prepare. Bill 21, which lays out consistent rules for groups that regulate doctors, nurses and other health professionals, comes into effect April 1.

Ottawa unveils plan to fight harassment, abuse, discrimination in sport

A safe space for Canadian athletes and kids who participate in sport has been a long time coming.

That was part of Minister of Science and Sport Kirsty Duncan’s message in announcing both an investigation unit and a toll-free confidential helpline on Wednesday, major measures in an effort to combat harassment and abuse in sport.
SSAIC Newsletter

Quebec announces creation of expert panel to improve support for sexual assault, domestic violence victims

 
The Quebec government has announced the creation of an expert panel to look at improving support for sexual assault and domestic violence victims.
Justice Minister Sonia LeBel is convening the panel two months after Quebec’s four main political parties held a non-partisan meeting on the issue.

Ontario Government Takes Action to Protect Students From Sexual Violence

Ontario's Government is working for the people to support post-secondary institutions to prevent and address sexual violence on campus.

Today Dr. Merrilee Fullerton, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities, released a summary report of the 2018 Student Voices on Sexual Violence Survey.

IN THE NEWS

Military making slow progress against sexual misconduct, report says

Seven of ten recommendations in ex-judge's report still MIA, says defence report.

Regina police charge five boys with sexual assault causing bodily harm of girl

 
Regina police say five boys have been charged with sexually assaulting a girl.
Police say officers were called to a hospital on Friday and the boys were arrested on the weekend on charges of sexual assault causing bodily harm.
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Regina archdiocese apologizes for clergy sexual abuse

The Archdiocese of Regina issued a written apology for instances of clergy sex abuse on Ash Wednesday. This comes amid a global focus on abuse in the church.
                    

Michael Jackson: as an expert in child sexual abuse here’s what I thought when I watched Leaving Neverland

Since Leaving Neverland – the disturbing documentary film about Michael Jackson and the nature of his relationship with two young boys – aired, many of Jackson’s fans have said they cannot believe their idol would commit the abuses alleged by the now adult men.

But others watched horrified as stories from the 1980s and 1990s were recounted. Viewers asked: how could this have happened? How did the parents let their children get into such apparently dangerous situations? And why weren’t red flags raised at the time?
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RESOURCES

RESOURCE MANUAL – Healthy Relationships

This manual will help participants analyze what factors contribute to healthy relationships and how to recognize signs of an unhealthy one. Readers will learn strategies for creating and maintaining positive relationships. 13 pages.
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Sexual Violence in a Digital Age

This book examines how digital communications technologies have transformed modern societies, with profound effects both for everyday life, and for everyday crimes. Sexual violence, which is recognized globally as a significant human rights problem, has likewise changed in the digital age. Through an investigation into our increasingly and ever-normalised digital lives, this study analyses the rise of technology-facilitated sexual assault, ‘revenge pornography’, online sexual harassment and gender-based hate speech. Drawing on ground-breaking research into the nature and extent of technology-facilitated forms of sexual violence and harassment, the authors explore the reach of these harms, the experiences of victims, the views of service providers and law enforcement bodies, as well as the implications for law, justice and resistance

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Fawn's Touching Tale: A Story for Children Who Have Been Sexually Abused

Introduction to Parents, School Personnel and Psychotherapists: There are many books aimed at the prevention of sexual abuse; few story books are geared for children that deal with the profound emotional aftermath. This book is unique because it offers the use of engaging animal protagonists, which allows the child to work through painful emotions in a less threatening and more effective manner. 

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The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at its Roots

In the film, Jackson Katz ranges from peer cultures to popular culture to the highest levels of our political culture, bringing us face to face with a continuum of harassing and abusive behaviors experienced by women, from catcalls and unwanted groping on the streets to revenge porn, stalking, sexual harassment, and rape. He also zeroes in on how social norms – especially dominant ideas about manhood across race, class, and ethnicity – have worked to enable these behaviors.

In the end, The Bystander Moment offers a positive and ultimately inspiring conception of bystanders as friends, teammates, classmates, and co-workers who have a crucial leadership role to play in challenging and changing these social norms that contribute to sexism and gender violence. The result is a practical and ultimately hopeful blueprint for transforming the culture of abuse.
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Red Light Green Light

Red Light Green Light is a film that addresses the brutal means through which the sex trafficking industry persists. Filmmakers Jared and Michelle Brock travel across ten countries to explore the issue, attempting to answer the question: "How can we prevent sexual exploitation before it happens in the first place?"

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

SSAIC Newsletter
                          
STOPS Newsletter
                          
PATHS 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
                          

 

ASIST Two-Day Training

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don't need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model.

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 Mindfulness Counselling Strategies

April 11-12, 2019

Saskatoon, SK

This workshop teaches mindfulness, regulation, and activation strategies meant to promote compassionate self-awareness and emotional balance.  The skills learned are relevant and applicable for working with clients of all ages—from children to elders.Mindfulness Councelling Strategies

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Live Stream: Play Therapy – Tools for Helping Children and Youth

Apr 11 - Apr 12, 2019
9 AM - 4 PM Central Time

This interactive workshop focuses on how to use play therapy strategies to help children and youth positively cope and work through stressful life experiences. Participants will become familiar with Play Therapy theory, clinical guiding principles, and various directive and non-directive creative interventions to use with a wide age range of children and youth. From an experiential lens, this training explores how to apply playful strategies to support children and youth on their path to healing.

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Community Safety & Well-Being in Canada Conference

 
April 30 – May 1, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel & Conference Centre Regina
Regina, SK

The Community Safety & Well-Being in Canada: Taking Stock and Looking Forward conference offers a unique opportunity to take stock of important developments in the field of community safety and well-being and to take part in interdisciplinary discussion and knowledge sharing that will help shape the path forward.

The conference will also will highlight key innovations in practice, alignment and evaluation, moving from working in isolation to operating in a more interactive, multi-sector collaborative and client-centered approach.
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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. 
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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. 

Special Early Bird Registration ends March 31, 2019.

Register

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new." 

- Socrates

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