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APRIL 2017 

1. SASS Updates
2. Member Agency Events & Updates
4. Featured Member Agency: SIGN
5. Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Initiatives

6. Canadian Sexual Assault Initiatives
7. In the News...
8. Resources
9. Training & Workshops
Sexual Assault Awareness Week - May 15-19, 2017
Funded through the Interpersonal Violence Unit at the Ministry of Justice, Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan (SASS) along with our member agencies and many communities around the province are recognizing this week by hosting events to create awareness of sexual violence and support female, male and child survivors.

Through awareness, education, and support, we are uniting to break the silence of assault and shift attitudes that will change behaviours and reduce sexual violence. Be sure to check out 'Resources' for more sexual assault information, and community event planning guide.
Don't forget to tag us on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #SKSexualAssaultAwarenessWeek

SASS Spring Gathering 
April 19th and 20th

Our meeting was held at the Travel Lodge in Regina, SK.
What we discussed?
  • First Board Meeting of the 2017-18 fiscal year
  • Next step to forming our new governance board
  • Created two Position Statements
  • Interviews potential board members within Regina

  Melfort (NEOSS) is also having "The Walk A Mile in her Shoes" march. This event is on May 4th at 11:00am. Please contact Jennifer @ 306-752-9464 or Jan @ 306-862-6222 for registration forms, and other information about the event.

Society for the Involvement of Good

Neighbours (SIGN)
Yorkton, SK ~

The Sexual Assault Counselling (SAC) program at SIGN provides specialized counselling program for women, men, youth and children who have been victims of sexual assault and/or sexual abuse. The program is also available to those who offer support to victims of sexual abuse. SAC program delivers presentations to enhance community awareness, education and prevention of sexual assault.

The Sexual Assault Counselling Program does more than counsel victims of sexual assault. The program involves many aspects such as:

  • Counselling for sexual assault victims, as well as their family and their supportive friends
  • Providing education about sexual assault
  • Providing prevention education presentations to the community to enhance awareness of sexual assault
  • Emphasizing that only Yes means Yes
  • What is sexual violence
  • The issues of consent
  • Identifying dating violence
  • Identifying sexual harassment
  • Recognizing sexual violence within marriage
Click here to visit their website for more information.

Legislation to Help Those Fleeing Interpersonal Violence
victims of crime

The provincial government introduced and passed legislation on Monday to support those fleeing interpersonal violence and the families of victims of crime.

With this legislation, a tenant will be able to end a lease with 28 days notice if they and their family members are being abused by another resident or former resident.
Justice Minister and Attorney General Gordon wyant says this provides a way out for someone living in a violent domestic situation.
It means if you're in a lease for your home, you don't have to factor that in to your decision.
The ministry is also amending the Victims of Crime Act to expand compensation for counselling to include parents, siblings and adult children of adult victims who have died as a result of violent crime.
The previous legislation had limited compensation for counselling to the spouse or children of an adult victim and the parent or sibling of a child victim.
Saskatchewan has the highest rate of domestic violence in Canada.

Click here to view the full article.

Change to Tenancy Legislation 'Difference Between Life and Death'
Saskatchewan's rate of domestic violence is the highest in Canada.

Amendments to the Victims of Interpersonal Violence Act and Residential Tenancies Act will allow a tenant to end a fixed-term agreement within 28 days if they or their family members are experiencing abuse by another resident or former resident of the home. 

The change will allow people who are in an abusive relationship, who would not normally be financially able to leave, a way out, says Jo-Anne Dusel, provincial co-ordinator for the Provincial Association of Transition Houses and Services.

Click here to view the full article.

#NoTouchy Campaign Gives a Voice to Sexual Assault and Rape Survivors
Global News

#NoTouchy campaign founder Shannon Lea wants to raise awareness about the prevalence of sexual assault and promote positive change for survivors.The campaign recently released a series of photographs depicting statistics and survivor messages, giving a voice to victims.

Click here to view the full article.

The Canadian Press
Changes the Liberals have made to the way judges are appointed would not necessarily prevent someone who believes in stereotypes about sexual assault cases from presiding over one of those trials, interim Conservative leader Rona Ambrose said Tuesday.
Ambrose went before the House of Commons status of women committee to discuss her private member's bill that would require anyone who wanted to be considered for an appointment to the bench to undergo comprehensive training in sexual assault law.

The bill, C-337, would also require the Canadian Judicial Council to report on continuing education courses in matters related to sexual assault law and change the Criminal Code to make courts provide written decisions in sexual assault cases.

Click here to view the full article.


The month of April is being made to raise awareness of sexual assault in Manitoba.

Sport, Culture and Heritage Minister Rochelle Squires says Sexual Assault Awareness Month will be used to share information about available resources and to communicate a greater understanding of consent.

“Manitoba has a high rate of sexual violence and sexual assault against women and girls,” she said. “Unfortunately, many victims don’t feel comfortable coming forward to report these incidents,” said Squires. “We must change the dialogue to support survivors.”

In 2015, there were 1,356 police-reported sexual assaults in Manitoba, according to Statistics Canada data.

Click here to view the full article.

For many young women and girls in Canada, their opportunity to participate equally in Canadian society and their right to lead successful and fulfilling lives may be disrupted by acts of gender-based violence.Acknowledging the serious impact of such violence on young  women  and  girls,  the  House  of Commons  Standing  Committee of the Status of Women agreed  on  8 March  2016,  to  conduct  a study on violence against young women and girls in Canada.

Click on the document to read more.

Sexual Assault Response Pilot Project

VOCM Local News

The provincial government is introducing a new Sexual Assault Response Pilot Project to help provide free legal advice to victims of sexual assault.

$250,000 dollars was set aside for the program in this year’s budget. Justice Minister Andrew Parsons would not call it “legal aid” for victims of sexual assault, since the term legal aid would cause some confusion.

He says there are other components involved, including lawyers in private practice.

Parsons hopes to announce the details in the near future.



7 More Sexual Assault Charges Laid Against Saskatoon Massage Therapist - Let Out on Bail

CBC News
Saskatoon massage therapist Mark Donlevy is now facing nine charges of sexual assault after alleged victims came forward with complaints he touched them inappropriately.

A 48-year-old massage therapist from Saskatoon is now facing nine charges of sexual assault. On Friday morning, Mark Donlevy was charged with seven more counts of sexual assault, which allegedly took place between 2003 and 2015. In December, Donlevy was charged with an initial two counts of sexual assault. At the same time, the two women told police that Donlevy had touched them inappropriately while massaging them in his home-based business. The women reported the incidents to Police in September 2016 after observing posts online from other women stating they had similar experiences.  Donlevy will be held in custody until his bail hearing, which is scheduled for next week.

A judge released Donlevy on $500 bail with the condition that he not work as a massage therapist. 

Click here to view the full article.
By Barb Pacholik, Regina Leader Post

In desperation, Kayla pulled her vehicle in front of the police station, blowing her horn after the man who’d been harassing her tried to run her off the road.

“Just to get inside the building, but that’s the only time I feel safe. I don’t feel safe when I’m on the street or at home.” — Kayla

For Ann, her tormentor vowed their story would end like a Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet.

“He says, ‘Yeah, they couldn’t live without each other. So he killed her and I kill myself.’ And then, he says, ‘We’ll be together.’” — Ann

Click here to view the full article.

Former Nanismo Hockey Player Acquitted of Sexual Assault
Nanaimo News Now
Former Nanaimo Buccaneers and Clippers player Garrett Dunlop, currently on trial in Saskatchewan for sexual assault.

MELFORT — A former Nanaimo hockey player, who used to play for the Nanaimo Buccaneers and Clippers before moving to Saskatchewan, was acquitted of sexual assault and sexual interference by a jury today. 

Garrett Dunlop's trial began in the Saskatchewan town of Melfort on Monday, April 11. 

The jury deliberated for 35 minutes before returning with a verdict. 

Click here to view the full article.

Roman Catholic Priest Sexual Assault Charge Stayed

CBC News
Cortazar left Court of Queen's Bench today in Meadow Lake without a criminal record.

A stay of proceedings has been granted in a sexual assault case against a Roman Catholic priest who served three rural parishes in northwestern Saskatchewan

Father Javier De Los Angeles Cortazar, 48, was charged in 2014 after an incident at a cabin near Goodsoil, Sask. The alleged victim's name was subject to a publication ban

Click here to view the full article.

Riders Release Justin Cox After Domestic Assault Charge

CTV News
Justin Cox

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have released defensive back Justin Cox after he was charged with assault causing bodily harm following a domestic dispute on the weekend.

Police were called to a home on the 2200 block of McTavish Street on Sunday after reports that a woman had been assaulted. At the time police arrived, the male suspect was not on the scene.

After a number of attempts, police arrested Justin Cox, 24, on Tuesday. He was charged in connection with the weekend assault.

Click here to view the full article.

Crown Stays One of Two Sexual Assault Charges Against Pink Lounge Owner

CBC News Saskatoon
Skipp Anderson

The Crown has stayed one of two sexual assault charges against Pink Lounge and Nightclub owner Skipp Anderson.

"It did not meet the Crown's standard to proceed for prosecution," said prosecutor Dorinda Stahl.

"There was no reasonable likelihood of conviction."

Skipp Edward Anderson was to have stood trial Monday morning at Court of Queen's Bench in Saskatoon. The allegation dated back to May 11, 2014.

A second, separate charge is expected to go to trial. No date has yet been set.

Anderson's lawyer, Brad Mitchell, provided CBC with a statement when the charges became public.

"Mr. Anderson vehemently denies these allegations and maintains his innocence. He looks forward to his day in court and is confident that the truth will ultimately prevail," the statement said. 

Click here to view the full article.



Claire Theobald, Edmonton Journal

A man has been arrested in connection to at least nine sexual assaults in northeast Edmonton, six involving teenage girls, police said Thursday
Between August 2016 and March 2017, three women and six girls under the age of 16 reported being sexually assaulted to the police.
“The occurrences over this time span indicate there may be more complainants,” said acting Staff Sgt. Pat Bruni. “Anyone with information is asked to come forward to police.”
Most of the assaults occurred in northeast Edmonton and two of the assaults happened within minutes of each other.

Click here to view the full article.


Statistics Canada to Resume Tracking of Unfounded Sex-Assault Cases

Globe And Mail

Statistics Canada will once again start collecting and publishing data on unfounded criminal cases after a Globe and Mail investigation revealed one out of every five sexual assault allegations goes undocumented because police have dismissed the reports as baseless.

The agency expects the first results will be available by July, 2018. At that point, it will have been 15 years since Statscan stopped publishing unfounded numbers over concerns that police either were not always using the code correctly – the unfounded designation means no crime occurred or was attempted – or were not reporting the cases to the agency at all.

Click here to view the full article.

What if the 'Philadelphia Model' Used to Review Sex Assaults?

CBC  News Kitchener-Waterloo

Bryan Larkin, Waterloo Police Chief

Police will sit down Tuesday for the first of many meetings with members of the community to discuss the high number of sexual assault cases designated "unfounded" in Waterloo Region. 

A national report by the Globe and Mail listed the rate of cases in Waterloo Region at 27 per cent between 2010 and 2014, a number higher than the national rate of 19.4 per cent.

The first meeting Tuesday between police and over 20 community members will determine the course of action future meetings will take. And there has been talk of the local group implementing the well-known Philadelphia Case Review Model for its work.


Click here to view the full article.

Doctor Charged with Sexual Assault of Teenage Patient

The Canadian Press

FILE - Nova Scotia Supreme Court is pictured on May 18, 2016.

The case of a doctor charged with sexually assaulting a teenage patient he was treating is due in court today.

Doctor Nebojsa Sparavalo has also been charged with sexual exploitation.

Police say the alleged incident happened in March 2015 and was reported the following October.

Police say a 17-year-old boy went to the Victoria General site of the Q-E-II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax on March 18th for a medical procedure.

After the procedure, police allege the doctor touched the teen in a sexual manner over his clothing.

Click here to view the full article.




The Associated Press

A second teenager suspected in the sexual assault of a Chicago teenager that was streamed live on Facebook turned himself in to police on Monday afternoon.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the mother of a 15-year-old boy who was being sought on an arrest warrant issued Sunday brought him to a police station. Guglielmi said the boy would be later brought to a juvenile detention centre where a 14-year-old boy who was arrested in the case over the weekend is being held.

Each teen faces felony counts of criminal sexual assault, manufacturing of child pornography and dissemination of child pornography, Guglielmi said.

Police have not provided details about what exactly happened on March 19 when they said five or six males participated in sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl after she was lured inside a residence by one of the suspects. But they have said that besides the cellphone camera that recorded the incident and streamed it live on Facebook, others at the scene also recorded the sexual assault.

Click here to view the full article.


National Sexual Violence Resource Center Recognizes Leaders in Sexual Assault Prevention With 2017 Visionary Voice Awards

National Sexual Violence Resources Centre
National Sexual Violence Resource Center

The Visionary Voice Awards are presented annually by NSVRC, the leading nonprofit in providing information and tools to prevent and respond to sexual violence, in conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM). SAAM is a national campaign held each April to raise awareness about preventing sexual violence. This year's theme, "Engaging New Voices," is aimed at increasing engagement from faith leaders, parents, members of Greek life, coaches, men and the general public to combat this widespread issue. Nearly one in five women in the United States have experienced rape or attempted rape in their lives, and one in 71 men have experienced rape or attempted rape.

Click here to view the full article.


Abigail Breslin Reveals Sexual Assault

It can happen to anyone — and it happened to Abigail Breslin.

The Little Miss Sunshine actress, 20, broke her silence about being sexually assaulted in a post on Instagram on Tuesday. Along with a photo of a page showing the definition of consent, she wrote, “i knew my assailant.”

Click here to view the full article.


David Schwimmer launched a new campaign to fight sexual harassment called #ThatsHarassment, and it comes in the form of six short films from director Sigal Avin (who herself experienced sexual harassment by a famous actor early in her career).

Based on real-life stories, each film depicts (painfully real) encounters that six different women experience in their day-to-day.

Click on the image to check out the videos.


Saskatoon Photo Series Highlights Prevalence of Sexual Assault

Saskatoon Star Phoenix 

The photo shoot was organized by Kealy Cheyenne Heeg, who works with Infinity Models Saskatoon. She said she wanted to be the voice she needed when she was 19 years old.

“I spent years scared to tell anyone what happened or to go to the police or get counselling. I was plagued by guilt and shame from my experiences,” she said. “We hope we can advocate for them and show people that not only can someone survive but also flourish after what they’ve been through.”

Click here to view the full article.
In Person Conferences
The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute presents the following in-person public workshop in Saskatchewan this April:
Anxiety – Practical Intervention Strategies
Saskatoon:  April 25, 2017 (early rate expires April 4th)
Regina: April 25, 2017

This workshop will explore when anxiety is adaptive and in order, compared to when it becomes disordered. Participants will learn practical and accessible strategies which can be applied across the lifespan and address the physical, emotional, cognitive and social aspects of anxiety.

Some of the topics covered:
  • Anxiety and it's Natural Purpose
  • The Stress Response System
  • Prevalence and Trends
  • Focus on the Mind/Body Connection
Early Rate $198;  Regular Rate $220
Click the preferred location for more information and to register for the seminar.
More upcoming workshops in Saskatchewan:

Autism – Strategies for Self-Regulation, Learning and Challenging Behaviours
Regina: May 3-4, 2017

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations
Saskatoon:  May 9, 2017 | Regina: May 11, 2017

Crisis Response Planning
Saskatoon: May 10, 2017

Mediation – Facilitating Conflict Resolution
Saskatoon: May 30-31, 2017
Managing Mental Health in the Workplace
May 3, 2017 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

As health service providers for the past 19 years, Bridges Health has come to realize that reduced psychological health and safety within any workforce can affect organizational culture, engagement and productivity. Working Well: Managing Mental Health in the Workplace will highlight and provide practical solutions to addressing mental health in the workplace, engaging in difficult conversations and performance managing mental health related concerns.

Click here for more information.
Anxiety & Depression
June 12, 2017 - Winnipeg & June 13, 2017 - Saskatoon
Anxiety and Depression are two of the most widely reported disorders in Canada. This workshop will help professionals who do not work in mental health settings, tell the difference between anxiety and depression; identify the signs, symptoms and gender differences. It'll also cover therapies and treatments that will help inform the professional to support the patient or client while they are being referred for treatment to the right mental health professionals.

Click here for more information.
Workshops to Provide Response to Sexual Assault Survivors
May 11, 2017 & May 18, 2017 - University of Windsor 

Organizers of workshops aimed at increasing the capacity of faculty and staff to respond safely and respectfully to disclosures of sexual assault have added two sessions in May.

The three-hour Disclosure Support Workshop focuses on three Rs:

  • Recognize sexual violence and misconduct
  • Respond supportively to survivors
  • Refer appropriately

Click here for more information.
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.
The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute Presents the Following LiveStream Workshops

“But no matter how much evil I see, I think it’s important for everyone to understand that there is much more light than darkness.” 
― Robert UttaroTo the Survivors: One Man's Journey as a Rape Crisis Counselor with True Stories of Sexual Violence

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