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June 2016 Newsletter
1. SASS Updates
2. Sexual Assault Initiatives in Canada
3. Sexual Assault Initiatives International
4. In the News...

5. Training and Workshops
SASS Updates
Sexual Assault Awareness Week 2016 Report

Regina, Sk - May 16-20, 2016 was Sexual Assault Awareness Week (SAAW) in Saskatchewan. This year's campaign theme was "Ask- for Sexual Consent".  We created posters, an infograph, brochures, stickers, lip balms, teal ribbons, wristbands, and event guides for SASS members and northern Saskatchewan communities as materials to celebrate SAAW. Members and communities hosted a wide variety of events including open houses, presentations at schools and in the community, screening of the movie "The Hunting Ground", press releases and the "Walk a Mile in her Shoes" event. This has been another successful year of creating awareness and providing support to survivors! 


Thank you to all our communities for participating in recognizing Sexual Assault Awareness Week 2016! And stay tuned for information on next year's campaign! 
Western Canada Campus Security Administration Workshop

Vancouver, BC - In May 18-19, 2016, we joined our western Canada counterparts (EVA BC, AASAS and KLINIC) and presented "Campus Sexual Violence: Context and Guidelines for a Comprehensive Response". The conference was attended by more than 25 campus security administrators, including University of Regina (UofR) and the University of Saskatchewan (UofS). The presentation contextualized sexual violence on campus, addressed barriers to reporting, and provided guidelines on how to address sexual assault disclosures in post-secondary institutions.


In Saskatchewan, SASS has met with the UofR Campus Security Personal Safety Coordinator and are supporting their 2016 welcome week event on sexual assault awareness. The UofS Campus Security is also working closely with the Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Center in creating an awareness campaign for their welcome week. SASS is currently in the process of reviewing sexual assault policies from colleges and universities across Saskatchewan.


First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

On June 14-15, 2016, our Project Coordinator Patience Umereweneza, attended the First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training in Edmonton, Alberta. The training was developed by the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) and is intended to build capacity of professionals and community members to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and abuse.
We know that 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 to report to police.
Statistics show that 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime. This training provides the skills and tools to assist the survivor in those critical first moments of the disclosure and to connect them with local resources for further support.
We encourage everyone to take the training.

here to more details and to register for the training.
Sexual Assault Initiatives in Canada
Ontario White Ribbon Celebrates Fathers' Day

Toronto, Ontario - White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity.

                                  Walk A Mile In Her Shoes Event

This June, White Ribbon hosted their 2016 Walk A Mile in Her Shoes event. They had over 700 participants and raised over $145,000 to fund education work for young men and boys.

here to read more about it.

Give Love Get Love: The Involved Father and Gender Equality Project

White Ribbon Campaign and Dad Central collaborated to research the positive roles that fathers, organizations working with diverse fathers, and the fatherhood sector in Ontario in general can play in promoting gender equality, healthy, equal relationships, and ending violence against women in all its forms.  The full report is available here.

    It Starts With You, It Stays With Him Campaign

As a result of the "Give Love, Get Love" study White Ribbon created a public awareness campaign called "It Starts With You, It Stays With Him". The campaign provides tools and resources to assist fathers in educating their sons about healthy and equal relationships.

here to go see their website.
Sexual Assault Initiatives International
Youth as Partners #thatssocool Campaign

Washington, USA - Futures without Violence, an organization based in the United States of America, are engaging youth in creating pioneering programs and initiatives to build respect and healthy relationships. One such campaign known as "That's Not Cool", which brought forward a youth summit, focusing on equipping youth with skills, tools and resources to prevent teen dating violence. What had initially started off in 2009 as a simple, public education campaign to raise awareness with a "youth as consultants" model has now grown into a "youth as partners" model where youth have a voice in decisions that affect them.
Click here to view other Future Without Violence Initiatives. 
Alaskan Youth Lead On

Alaska, USA - The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (ANDVSA) serves as a connective organization providing services to eighteen communities throughout the entire state. Through their endeavor, ANDVSA realized that each community has unique problems, different groups of adults and young people, which all calls for an unique approach in each community.
Click here to read more about the Lead On Program.  
Believe It Or Not I Care


Alaska, USA - The B.I.O.N.I.C team was started in 2004 at Green Mountain High School in Lakewood, Colorado in response to four suicides of students at the school a few years earlier. It is a club to help students and staff going through challenging times and further prevent students from falling through the cracks. The B.I.O.N.I.C youth members in Cordova, Alaska decided to make this video to show what the youth in their community were experiencing, from their perspective. They believed that the first step to addressing challenging issues is to be able to acknowledge that these are issues. They also identified the safe adults/allies in their communities that they can collaborate with to address these issues.

Click on the video below to watch the B.I.O.N.I.C team's efforts in recognizing challenging issues in the lives of youth.
Fight the Unknown - B.I.O.N.I.C
In The News...

The Standford Sexual Assault Survivor and Brock Turner Case


California, USA - On January 18, 2015 , Brock Turner, a Stanford University student athlete at the time,  sexually assaulted an unconscious 22-year-old woman (pseudonym Emily Doe) behind a dumpster. Judge Aaron Persky, a former Stanford student athlete himself, decided that federal prison would have a "severe impact" on Turner and sentenced him to 6 months in the local county jail and three years probation. 

Emily posted online her victim impact statement and it brought a resurgence to wider debate of the impact of sexual assault on victims, the prevalence of rape culture in society
and privilege in the justice system.

Below are some of the note-worthy outcomes of the case:

-  Click
here to read the victim impact statement on BuzzfeedNews.


-  Click
here to read Dan Turner's letter to Judge Persky. The letter was widely criticized particularly because Brock Turner and his father never admitted that Brock Turner sexually assaulted Emily Doe and instead blamed Brock Turner's actions to alcohol, party culture and promiscuity. Click here to read the criticism of the letter.


- On June 9, 2016, vice president Joe Biden penned an open letter as a response to the Emily's letter. Click
here to read his letter.


- On June 12, 2016, Stanford University graduating students and a women's rights group (Ultraviolet) used the commencement ceremony to express anger over the 6-months jail sentence. Click
here to read more.


- On June 18, 2016, former US ambassador Jeff Bleich and former attourney general to New Jersey Peter C. Harvey wrote a father's day letter called "Fathers Can't End Violence in a Day, But There is No Better Day to Start". Click
here to read their joint letter.


- More survivors have posted their stories in solidarity  with Emily Doe. Click
here to read their stories.


- District Attorney of Santa Clara County proposes new legislation that will send "the next Brock Turner" to prison. Click
here to read more.


- Below is a short film called "Just 20" created by Gavin William Booth, an Ontario filmmaker. This is his response to Dan Turner's letter and he hopes to raise awareness on what 20 minutes of rape or sexual assault actually looks like.  



"Just 20": Here’s What 20 Minutes Of Action Really Looks Like
(Warning graphic content)
National Online Resource Center on Violence Against Women (

Resources available at include online toolkits, online learning materials, webinars, audio materials, videos, exhibits, games, campaigns, published peer-previewed research articles, news, announcements and events notices.

The VAWnet is an online resource library with thousands of materials on violence and against women and related issues, with particular attention to its intersections with various forms of oppression. They provide resources on sexual violence, domestic violence, funding sources,  research projects and international issues.

Click here to access these resources at
Saskatchewan Prevention Institute 

The Saskatchewan Prevention Institute works towards providing resources and tools to Saskatchewan service providers, families, and communities to ensure that children are physically, socially and emotionally healthy. As an extension to their children based programs, the organization also encompasses research publications, reviews, booklets and other resources publications, booklets, and other resources dealing with sexual health for women and children. 


Click here to access Saskatchewan Prevention Institute resources. 
Teaching Consent Over A Cup of Tea
Training and Workshops
In Person Conferences

Crisis and Trauma Response Training Programs

The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute is conducting the following three exciting training programs on crisis and trauma response.

 1. Crisis and Trauma Response 10 Day Certificate Program

Winnipeg, MB - This programs provides training for participants to develop skills to effectively respond to critical incidents.

Event details:
Date: July 4-15, 2016
Time: 9 am - 4 pm
Location: Canadian Mennonite University
500 Shaftesbury Blvd,
                 Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2

here for more information and to register for the seminar.


2.Trauma: Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Trauma Stress

Winnipeg, MB - This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects a person through the brain and nervous system and how it can result in long terms effects at physical, emotial and psychological levels.

Event details:
Date: July 4-5, 2016
Time: 9 am-4pm
Location: Canadian Mennonite University
               500 Shaftesbury Blvd,
               Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2

here for more information and to register for training.


3. Crisis Response Planning

Winnipeg, MB - This training will focus on how to organize effectively and quickly at a time of high stress so that groups such as schools, communities and organizations are better prepared to respond to the emotional needs of those affected by a critical incidents such as violence, suicides, fires etc.

Event details:
Date: July 7, 2016
Time:  9am - 4pm
Canadian Mennonite University
               500 Shaftesbury Blvd,
               Winnipeg, MB R3P 2N2

here for more information and to register.


Click here to see more upcoming training and workshops offered by the Crisis and Trauma Resource Institute Inc.


Beyond Sexual Assault 101: Creating a Deeper Understanding of Sexual Violence


Seattle, USA - This training explores how language shapes our response to sexual violence, how court monitoring operates in US court systems, and the roles and ethical constraints that judges face in sexual assault cases.

Event details:
Date: July 19, 2016 (Registration ends July 12, 2016)
Time: 8:45 am - 4:15 pm

Location: Red Lion Seattle Airport
                 8220 International Blvd
                 Seattle, WA 98188

Click here for more information and to register for the seminar.
Web Conferences
Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence Training

Online - Research has shown that individuals  who respond to disclosures of sexual violence appropriately can significantly impact the health and safety of survivors. This training was developed by the Government of Ontario in partnership with the Center of Research & Education on Violence Against Women and Children and it will teach you how to respond to victims/survivors who disclose or report  sexual assault in effective and supportive ways.

This training was developed for front-line responders and service providers in the law enforcement, social work and education sectors. However, anyone interested is welcomed and encouraged to take the training. The training modules are free and available to be taken at your own convenience.

here to access the online training.

What About Power and Patriarchy?
Examining Social Cohesion Strategies To Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence

Click here to  register for the training. This webinar will explore recent research on social cohesion, social inclusion, sexual and domestic violence. It will also explore how feminist power analysis can coexist with and strengthen social cohesion and social inclusion strategies to prevent sexual and domestic violence. 

Event Detail:
July 13, 2016
12:-1:30 pm Saskatchewan Time

here to register for the webinar.
Food for Thought:
             "I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
Maya Angelou
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