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SASS presented at STOPS to Violence Fall Member



Executive Director Kerrie Isaac and Project Coordinator Patience Umerewenza gave two presentations at the STOPS to Violence Fall Member Meeting.

The first presentation highlighted SASS's three year project for the development and implimentation of a Sexual Violence Action Plan for the province of Saskatchewan. This plan is intended to be reflective of the needs of all sexual violence survivors and is inclusive of strategies to support strong community and government leadership.

The second presentation was on Consent. The presentation included: what consent actually is, why consent is important and how you can have conversations about consent and how to get consent.

SASS Fall Member Gathering


SASS's Fall Member Gathering took place on October 24th and 25th in Regina. To open our Fall Gathering we invited Kokum Brenda Dubios to welcome the group and to share her expertise in the area of violence prevention. She did activities using the Tipi teachings which created connections that foster collaborative work in the community. 

The meeting included  board training that was taught by Wayne Hellquist, who is the owner of Future Quest Consulting. Wayne faciliitated a group discussion on governance versus operational tasks and communication dynamics of a successful organization. He helped our members identify where there may be some gaps and areas that could require further training. 

The Fall Member Gathering also included a SASS Board of Directors Meeting and a SASS  Advisory Committee Meeting. 


Hundreds of supporters have combined to sell out the Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre’s 14th annual Luncheon en Vogue fundraiser

Luncheon en Vogue is the SSAIC’s main fundraiser. Proceeds will help the “I’m the Boss of Me” child sexual abuse prevention program as well as crisis services and counselling. Now in its 12th year, “I’m the Boss of Me” is a puppet show presented to Grade 4 students across Saskatoon. Last year, it was performed 113 times and was seen by about 3,000 students.

To read more about the fundraiser and program, click here.


Envision First Responder Training

Envision will be hosting Sexual Assault & Abuse First Responder training on three dates and at three different locations. 

Estevan: November 22 & 23rd, 2017 at the Western Star - fireside room.
Carlyle: Janury 17 & 18th, 2017 at the Ramada.
Weyburn: January 31 & February 1st at the Captains hall. 

All of the training takes place from 8:30-4:00 for the two days. Each training will be limited to 15 participants.
It is a prepaid registration only, costing $175 per participant. No refunds

If you would like more information or to register you can:
Contact Lori at (306) 842-8821 or email her at

To visit Enivision's website, click here.


North East Outreach and Support Services 3rd Annual Winter Gala


Save the date for our 3rd annual winter gala in Naicam on November 25th.  Tickets will be made available starting in October!

To learn more email: or call (306) 752- 9464
To visit North East Outreach and Support Services websitel, click here.

Piwapan Women's Centre National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

December 6th is the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women in Canada. Established in 1991 by the Parliament of Canada, this day marks the anniversary of the murders in 1989 of 14 young women at l'Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal. They died because they were women. 

December 6th represents an opportunity for Canadians to reflect on the phenomenon of violence against women in our society. It is also an opportunity to consider the women and girls for whom violence is a daily reality, and to remember those who have died as a result of gender-based violence. Finally, it is a day on which communities can consider concrete actions to eliminate all forms of violence aganst women and girls.

To learn more, click here.

North East Outreach and Support Services

North East Outreach and Support Services, initially named the Melfort Sexual Assault Centre, was born in 1984 due to the efforts of several concerned community members in response to the need for support services for victims of sexual assault. Soon, NEOSS began receiving many calls from support from victims so domestic violence, so the agency broadened its focus and expanded its programs to meet the needs of victims of all forms of interpersonal violence. North East Outreach and Support Services is a community-based, non-profit registered charity. 

To visit their website and see the services they offer, click here.

Saskatchewan to allow victims to sue if intimate images shared without consent

Global News

The Saskatchewan government plans to change its Privacy Act so that people who have been victims of revenge porn or sexting can sue for compensation.

The government said in its throne speech Wednesday that cyberbullying through unauthorized sharing of intimate images “is a despicable crime, one that most often victimizes young people.”

“But it has proven difficult to rely on the Criminal Code to deter this crime because the burden of proof … is so high.”

The intent is to allow people who have had intimate images shared without their permission to seek redress through small claims court.

To read more, click here.


 A survey, entitled Our Turn: A national student-led action plan to end campus sexual violence

The University of Ottawa and Carleton University fared well in a survey that looked at how 14 Canadian campuses ranked in the battle against sexual violence.

uOttawa received a B grade and placed fourth in the ranking while Carleton was given a B minus and ranked sixth. The survey, entitled Our Turn: A national student-led action plan to end campus sexual violence, was released Wednesday. It was a joint project undertaken by 20 student unions from eight provinces.

“This is the first time I’m ever going to trash talk a B grade,” said Leila Moumouni-Tchouassi, vice-president of equity with the uOttawa Student Federation at a media conference on campus Wednesday. “If your university is not getting an A, it’s not good enough.”

To read more and see what other schools were graded, click here.

To learn more about the action plan, click here.


                           Women identify as assault, harassment                            victims using #metoo hashtag




Thousands of women are responding to actress Alyssa Milano's call to tweet "me too" to raise awareness of sexual harassment and assault following the recent revelation of decades of allegations of sexual misconduct by movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

Milano suggested women who have been sexually harassed or assaulted post the message on Twitter on Sunday. A flood of messages has erupted across Twitter as well as Facebook and Instagram.

The actress said she got the idea from a friend, who told her such a tweet "might give people a sense of the magnitude of the problem."

The call to action quickly trended, with notable names like Lady Gaga, Monica Lewinsky and Rosario Dawson alongside a massive wave of women — and men — identifying themselves as victims.

To read more about this movement, click here.




University of Regina reacts to D+ grade for sexual assault policy

                                    CBC news

A recent D+ grade given to the University of Regina for its sexual assault policy by a student group has left the school with a lot to consider, according to the president of a project aimed at reducing gender violence on campus.

Roz Kelsey, president of the Gendered Violence Prevention Project, was responding to a report released by Our Turn, a student group that analyzed more than a dozen provincially mandated sexual assault policies on university campuses across the country.

The University of Regina formally adopted a policy to combat sexual violence in 2015.

To read more about this story, click here.

Workplaces must get on board to reduce intimate partner violence: PATHS report


Regina Leader Post

A new report by the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS) identifies a need for workplaces in helping reduce intimate partner violence in the province.

With more than half of residents in the labour force, workplaces are a logical place to talk about violence.

Also, in a province where police-reported intimate partner violence is more than double the national average, workplaces can be a safe haven.

To read more, click here.

                Sask. Teen Who Says Ex-NDP Candidate Raped                                     Her Is Tired Of Seeing 'Predators' Thrive


Rylee Ann Schuhmacher is a sociology student but at summer's end found herself learning all the steps in collecting a rape kit.

The 19-year-old met up with a former candidate for the Saskatchewan New Democratic Party, who was canvassing for the party during the local byelection. As an active organizer with the party's youth wing, she had known him for years. They met when she was 16 and he was 27.

That August day, the teen welcomed the canvasser into her home, and he helped her move a chair, she told HuffPost Canada in an interview on Friday.

"He started kissing me and put my hand on his penis," Schuhmacher said, mentioning that the accused is about twice her size. He then forced his penis inside her mouth, she said.

To read the full story, click here.


More seeking help after sexual assaults, but most not reported to police: Regina Sexual Assault Centre


More people in Regina are seeking help after sexual assaults but most aren't reporting the assaults to the police, according to an organization that works with victims of sexual assault and abuse.

"Between last year and this year we've seen a significant increase in people seeking counselling services from us," said Lisa Miller, executive director at the Regina Sexual Assault Centre.

"The majority of people that we see here for counselling services have not reported it to police."

Miller said there are several reasons why people are getting help, including increased public awareness and media attention — such as the Globe and Mail's Unfounded series, which looked at how police investigate sexual assault — and high-profile sexual assault cases.
To learn more, click here.



Man charged with sexual assault, forcible confinement after woman escapes Calgary hotel 


A 37-year-old man has been charged after a woman was allegedly confined and sexually assaulted over the course of 11 hours earlier this month.

According to Calgary police, the victim met a man through a dating website. The two met up in a southwest Calgary hotel on Oct. 4.

"It is alleged that during the course of 11 hours, the victim was physically assaulted, sexually assaulted, prevented from leaving the hotel room and burned," Calgary police said in a release Monday.When the man stepped away for a short time, the victim was able to escape, police said. She ran to the lobby and asked the clerk to call a cab.

To read more, click here.



Police sex trafficking sting doing more harm than good, N.L. groups say


Newfoundland and Labrador groups are adding their voice to a national chorus calling for an end to a sting operation targeting sex trafficking.

"It is damaging relationships in our community and creating situations where violence will actually increase," said Heather Jarvis, project coordinator of the Safe Harbour Outreach Project (S.H.O.P.).

The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary and the RCMP have been participating in Operation Northern Spotlight, a nation-wide enforcement operation targeting sex trafficking which began in 2014.

The RCMP say the goal is to identify and assist those working in the sex trade who might be victims of human trafficking.

The force says 334 interviews were done last October and 16 people were "removed from exploitative situations."

But Jarvis said the operation does more harm than good. S.H.O.P. and the St. John's Status of Women's Council want it to end.

To read more, click here.



12% of substantiated sexual assault reports end in conviction: StatsCan


New research from Statistics Canada suggests one in 10 sexual assaults that are substantiated by police result in a criminal conviction.

The agency says the conviction rate for substantiated sex assaults between 2009 and 2014 was only 12 per cent.

The conviction rate for physical assaults over the same period was nearly twice as high at 23 per cent.

StatCan says the data reflects only the complaints that were validated by police and does not include complaints classified as "unfounded."

To read more, click here.




Sexual harassment, rape accusations pile up against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein

The Associated Press

Movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, already suspected of decades of sexual harassment, came under withering fire Tuesday with a new report accusing him of raping three women he had worked with during his long tenure as one of Hollywood's most powerful figures.
The new report in The New Yorker magazine was followed within hours by a second article in the New York Times that included accounts from actresses Gwyneth Paltrow and Angelina Jolie about Weinstein's harassment of them early in their careers.
The twin stories were a devastating blow to Weinstein's legacy and reputation, which already had been badly damaged last week by a Times story reporting that Weinstein had reached monetary settlements with eight women who alleged he had pressured them for sex. Those revelations forced the board of the Weinstein Co. to fire him as co-chair Sunday.
 To read more, click here.




211 Saskatchewan


211 Saskatchewan is a free, confidential, and searchable website of human services in Saskatchewan, with over 5,000 listings of social, community, non-clinical health, and government services across the province. The categories of listings include, but are not limited to, mental health and addictions, homelessness, income support, health care, food security and community programs.

For easy access, services are also grouped together from the perspectives of the people seeking services, e.g. Aboriginal peoples, refugees and immigrants, older adults, youth, children and families, people with disabilities, veterans and military personnel.

To visit 211 Saskatchewan, click here.



                 PATHS Intimate Partner Violence in the Workplace                                                          Research



To visit PATHS website, click here.



                   Status of Women Call for Proposals     


   On October 2nd, Minister Maryam Monsef announced two new calls for proposals providing organizations with the opportunity to receive funding for projects that address institutional barriers that limit women`s economic success.

The first call for proposals is entitled Support for Women’s Economic Security. It will fund projects under two themes:
1)      Building Partnerships to Address Systemic Barriers
2)      Increasing Private Sector Leadership and Investments in Women

The other call for proposals is entitled Addressing the Economic Security and Prosperity of Indigenous Women.

A series of information sessions will be held October 2017- December 2017. Some will be through teleconferences. Others are in person sessions.

In Person Conferences
Make It Our Business Regina Training


November 9th, 2017  (9 AM - 4:30 PM)

Price: $125 per person

Regina, Saskatchewan - Ramada Plaza

The economic impact of intimate partner violence in Canada is estimated at more than $7.4 Billion each year. Can the business community afford not to address intimate partner violence?
  • One third of Canadian workers report that they have experienced domestic violence.
  • 35% of employees know a co-worker who they believe is, or has experienced domestic violence.
Would you know what to do?
Learn how to recognize and respond to domestic violence in your workplace.

Delivered by the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan (PATHS)
Managing Difficult Client Relationships
November 9, 2017 ( 9 AM - 4 PM)
Price: $209 ( *early rate) $235 ( regular rate)
*Early rate expires October 19th, 2017.
Regina, Saskatchewan – Ramada Plaza Regina Downtown
Trainer: Janelle Jackiw, MA, MEd

For those who work in social services, it can be very challenging when clients are vulnerable, stressed-out, or quick to engage in conflict. Difficult dynamics in the service relationship are often amplified by environmental factors. Participants will analyze what the intra-personal factors, inter-personal factors and organizational factors. Utilizing case studies, participants will learn how to alter their interactions with clients they find difficult in order to transform unhealthy patterns, resulting in more positive outcomes. This workshop gives participants a straightforward approach that creates dramatic differences in the outcomes of conversations with clients they find difficult.
Target Audience
This is an introductory level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, teachers and anyone working with people who exhibit challenging behaviours.
Method of Delivery
Lecture, video, case study review, group exercises and small group discussions.
Learning Objectives
At the end of this workshop participants should be able to:
Identify patterns of escalating behaviour.
Describe common patterns in communication that cause conflict.
List the external and internal factors that contribute to a difficult client relationship.
Know how to effectively communicate with someone who experiencing mental health challenges.
Know how to facilitate a cycle of cooperative behaviour.
To learn more or register, click here.
Train the Trainer

January 11th-12th, 2018 

Price: $200 per person 

Phoenix, Arizona

ith 2 full days of training, leading national experts will provide training on a number of timely topics, such as the neurobiology of trauma, victim interviewing techniques, false reports, and strategies for identifying and overcoming bias in law investigations and prosecution.

Our Train the Trainer program is designed to prepare you to respond effectively to the common questions and challenges that arise when training on sexual assault response and investigation. Participants will return home better equipped with research findings, practitioner experience, and strategic tools.

To find out more or register, click here.
Web Conferences
Sexual Assault Response and Resource

Teams (SARRT):

A Guide for Rural and Remote Communities

For those who live in a community/region that is rural or remote, it is clear that such communities face unique challenges in responding to sexual assault.  The purpose of this training module is to guide rural and remote communities in overcoming these challenges by improving coordination of services for victims across professional disciplines and agencies.  The best way to do this is by establishing some version of a Sexual Assault Response and Resource Team (SARRT).  
The Online Training Institute (OLTI) is FREE. There is no cost to register, enroll, or complete any of the modules.

Click here for more course options.

"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light." 

- Aristotle
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