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May 2017 

1. SASS Updates
2. Member Agency Events & Updates
4. Featured Member Agency: WCCFSC
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

The Government of Saskatchewan proclaimed May 15-19, 2017 as Sexual Assault Awareness Week. 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  recognized this week by hosting events to create awareness of sexual violence and support female, male and child survivors.

SASS received funding to provide educational material and promotional items for the week,through the Praireaction Foundation and the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. Our deepest thank you for their generous contribution towards provide awareness and education for the 2017 Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

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. 



Envision to mark Sexual Assault Awareness


Weyburn This Week!

Awareness of sexual violence and the value of the programs and services available to the female, male and child survivors, are the main focus during Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

The provincial government has proclaimed Sexual Assault Awareness Week as May 15 to 19.  The theme this year is “Don’t stand by, speak up against sexual assault.” 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. Sexual violence crosses all ages, genders, races, ethnicities, and economic backgrounds.

“Sexual assault is a topic that we, as a community, often want to avoid, but we must break the silence and speak of it loud and clear in order to end it,” said Christa Daku, executive drector of Envision.

According to “Did You Know” statistics from Envision, one in three women and one in six men will be affected by sexual assault in their lifetime. There are also 91 per cent of sexual assaults that are not reported to the police. Although the amount of sexual violence is alarming, there is hope for survivors and means to prevent it. Envision Counselling and Support Centre offers a safe space and help for sexual assault survivors.

Click here to view the full article.


Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information


Program Update

"I'm the Boss of Me"
“I’m the Boss of Me”, is a child sexual abuse prevention program that has grown significantly since it  began in 2007.  We completed the 11th season in March 2017; we presented 113 shows over the 8 weeksreaching 3,029 grade 4 children in both Saskatoon School Divisions (including the Whitecap First Nation Elementary School). This is an increase of 5.3% over the number of shows, and a 13.4% increase in the number of children, who participated in the program from last season.We completed the season with 49 active puppeteers from various backgrounds; there were as many people returning, as there were new applicants participating as puppeteers this year.

                                       Thank you!
A huge THANK YOU to our key fund sources this year: Saskatoon Public Schools, Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools, 100 Women Who Care, and Star Egg Co.
And, an even BIGGER THANK YOU to the 49 volunteers who worked tirelessly throughout the season, because without them, there would be no show.

                       Crisis Line Volunteer Recruitment
15 new volunteers have just completed their 30 hours of training and are almost ready to start manning our 24-hour Crisis Line. Welcome!

West Central Crisis & Family

Support Centre (WCCFSC)
Kindersly, SK ~                      

The West Central Crisis & Family Support Centre’s mission is to provide support services to individuals and families experiencing violence and crisis in their lives, as well as outreach programs to communities within our boundaries.

The Centre has been serving West Central Saskatchewan residents since 1984. We have helped more than 22,000 people in our communities. Our goal is to empower clients to take responsibility for their lives and to create workable solutions for individual or family problems.


Click here to visit their website for more information.

Never Blame the Victim Campaign Kit

Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Center


The province of Saskatchewan and the City of Saskatoon have declared May 15-19, 2017 as Sexual Assault Awareness Week. 

Evidence shows that fewer than 9 out of 10 sexual assaults are unreported to police. These proclamations by the city and province take a stand with an ongoing commitment to public education and awareness of sexual violence.

The YWCA Canada creative campaign “Never Blame the Victim” draws attention to the ways in which survivors of sexual violence are subjected to judgment instead of support.

Instead of accusing the survivor of provocative actions, the blame for sexual violence rightly lies solely with the perpetrator. There is still much work to be done to adequately support survivors in healing and to create an environment where sexual assault is understood as unacceptable in all circumstances.

Click here for more information on this campaign.

Youth Rising against interpersonal violence

in music video 

The Battlefords News-Optimist

Grade 5 and 6 students at Battleford Central School took part in filming a music video of their dance to the music of Tena Clark’s Breaking the Chain, as part of Youth Rising, to take a stand against interpersonal violence. Later, those students were joined by students from Bready School as they all performed the dance on 22nd Street in Battleford. Photos by John Cairns 

A number of Grade 5 and 6 students from the Battlefords were using the power of music and dance to take a stand against interpersonal violence on May 2.

The initiative is called Youth Rising, and it focuses on the issue of interpersonal violence in the community and around the world.The effort is funded by the Saskatchewan Alliance for Youth and Community Wellbeing.

Jessica Labman, a school counsellor with Living Sky School Division, coordinated the effort. She modelled it after the One Billion Rising Campaign, which is a global movement to end violence against women.  “We started out trying to think of a way to engage our students, just to help them feel they had a voice and could make a difference,” said Labman.


Click here to view the full article.



Alberta organization says it has a plan to end sexual violence


                                           Global News

An Alberta organization that helps support sexual assault victims released a plan Thursday morning it says could help put an end to sexual violence in the province.

The Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) said its plan is the first of its kind in the province and Western Canada.

“It acts as a road map, a blueprint for health, justice, community and social services, education, advanced education, policy makers and leaders to guide them, to create social policy and to allocate funds to programs that will make a difference in our province,” AASAS chief executive officer Deb Tomlinson said.


Click here to view the full article.

Resource card for sexual violence survivors will be distributed to Alberta police

Calgary Metro

                           Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley.

Alberta’s Sexual Violence Police Advisory Committee has created a “resource card” that will be given to police services across the province and distributed to people who report sexual violence.

The cards provide contact information for various agencies that can give them legal, emotional, medical and housing support.They also assure survivors that police are there to help and they have the right to have their needs and wishes respected through the criminal justice process.

Remember every reaction to sexual assault is different; your feelings are normal,” the cards read. “Being a victim of a crime is never your fault.”


Click here to view the full article.


      Alberta to establish standard
police protocol for sexual assaults

Global News 


Sexual assault is the lowest-reported crime in Canada and the Alberta government is aiming to change that.Later this year, Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley will look to introduce a new, standardized response for police officers investigating to sexual assault offences.

The Sexual Violence Police Advisory Committee is currently working to develop a set of guidelines to present to Ganley.


Click here to view the full article.

Flashy red pumps return to raise awareness of gender-based violence

                                     Medicine Hat News


Southeastern Alberta Sexual Assault Response Committee executive director Christina Johnson poses for a photo at her downtown office Monday afternoon with a size-12 men's high-heel shoe. One June 3, a group of men will be walking one mile in a pair of heels to raise awareness of gender-based violence.

It’s not all too often men can put on a pair of bright-red high heels and walk around town without being questioned.The southeastern Alberta Sexual Assault Response Committee will be holding its ninth annual Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event in hopes of raising awareness to fight gender-based violence.

Click here to view the full article.



Former NHLer Sheldon Kennedy

announces new child advocacy center

Hockey legend and child-abuse advocate Sheldon Kennedy spoke at the Barrie Country Club on Monday about Barrie's new Child Advocacy Centre expected to open soon.

Sheldon Kennedy has played in the National Hockey League, won a Memorial Cup as the best junior team in Canada and a world junior championship twice. But the Order of Canada pin he wears on his lapel wasn’t just for playing hockey. At the Barrie Country Club on Monday, Kennedy talked about being sexually assaulted by his coach and mentor, Graham James, during his junior hockey career.

“Kids are asked, ‘why didn’t you fight back?’ Most kids try to stop this. For me, Graham pulled out a shot gun and I’ve learned that’s how many predators act, they overwhelm the child with fear,” Kennedy said. 



"Stealthing" , the secret removal of condom

during sex, could be considered assault

CBC News

A paper in Columbia Journal of Gender and Law examines little-known practice some say is 'rape-adjacent' Stealthing' is described as the secret, non-consensual removal of a condom during otherwise consensual intercourse. (Shutterstock)

Haley says she knows the trauma of sexual assault. The 20-year-old Edmonton woman says she has experienced multiple forms of it. But when she discloses the details of the latest instance, she says some people shrug it off.

That's because Haley is referring to "stealthing," the secretive and non-consensual removal of a condom during otherwise consensual intercourse. (CBC has agreed to not publish Haley's full name as well as those of the other women who spoke about the practice.) Not everyone considers stealthing akin to rape, she says. Haley said she had consented to protected sex with a man she knew and trusted. But after a few minutes, she noticed something amiss.
Click here to view the full article.



Next generation of women "just as likely" to

experience sexual assault

Global News Regina

Things are looking bleak for young women in Canada when it comes to sexual harassment and assault, a study by the Canadian Women’s Foundation has found.

The survey revealed that despite an increasing awareness about harassment and domestic violence, 79 per cent of Canadians believe that Generation Z (those born from the late 1990s to the early 2000s) are “just as, or more likely” to experience sexual assault.

Of the 1,004 randomly selected Canadians aged 18 and over, 89 per cent of women and 69 per cent of men believe most Generation Z women will experience some type of sexual assault.

“They’re not feeling optimistic partially because of the way it’s still talked about,” said Anuradha Dugal, director of violence prevention programs at the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Click here to view the full article.



Uganda Women Fights Against Sexual Assault



A grass-roots campaign has started in Uganda against the increasing numbers of sexual assaults on women. According to one rights group, 90 percent of Ugandan women have experienced sexual harassment of some sort. Women are now fighting back using social media and the courts.

Click here to view the full video.

               Resolve May 2017 Newsletter

Prairieaction Foundation (PAF) is excited to announce a special tri-provincial research call-out which aims to fund research projects that will be conducted in all three prairie provinces. PAF is committed to funding research that leads to community awareness related to issues of violence and abuse and is specifically interested in research that engages in solution focused outcomes, leading to better programs to keep our communities safer. At this time, PAF is requesting three separate Tri-Provincial research projects to be conducted in the specific areas outlined below.

1. Men as victims in intimate partner violence (IPV)

There is little research in the area of men as victims of IPV. Consistently, men continue to report being victims of IPV in self-reported surveys with most recent survey statistics reported in General Social Survey (2014). Funding up to $60,000.

2. The Intersection between Criminal and Family Court and Children’s Involvement in the Process as it Relates to Intimate Partner Violence. Funding up to $50,000.

3. Understanding the needs of Newcomers who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) Newcomers in our prairie provinces face many challenges to adjusting to their new life in Canada. Funding of up to $50,000.

PAF only funds organizations that are community based and are registered charities with Canada Revenue Agency. Organizations are expected to work in partnership with academic researchers or other relevant partners. PAF does not fund outside of the Prairie Provinces.
Prairieaction Foundation would like to know more about the above projects and is calling for specific research that encompasses the attached criteria. If you are looking for a funding opportunity that meets our criteria's please complete the attached application form and email it to
Thank you for your time.
Lisa Whitney
Administrative Assistant

Click here for more details
In Person Conferences
 Mindfulness Counselling Strategies -

Activating Compassion and Regulation


The ability to regulate one’s body and find balance in emotion, thought and physical health is at the core of healing and well-being. This workshop is designed to teach participants how to facilitate development of these skills with their clients and develop their own capacity for using mindfulness-based strategies in their counselling work.

In this highly experiential workshop, participants will practice mindfulness, regulation and activation strategies meant to promote compassionate self-awareness and emotional balance.

When: June 01 - 02, 2017
Where: Ramada Plaza, 1818 Victoria Avenue, Regina 
When: 9-4 pm

Click here to register.
NPO Breakfast Series Fraud:

What can you do to reduce the risk?

Virtus Group invites you to attend a complimentary breakfast and presentation on how to reduce the risk of fraud in your organization.

Not for profit organizations often rely heavily on volunteers and some have few or no employees. This situation can increase the risk of fraud or loss to the organization. The presentation will focus on the key internal controls that you should have in place, explore the fraud triangle and indications that it may be happening in your organization.

You will have an opportunity to ask questions and network with the other attendees after the presentation.

When: Friday, June 9, 2017
Where: Virtous Group Office 157 - 2nd Avenue North, Saskatoon SK
When: Doors open at 7:15 am for breakfast and networking. Presentation begins at 7:45 am sharp.

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.

“We are all broken, That's how the light gets in” 
―Ernest Hemingway

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