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MARCH 2017 

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

6. Canadian Sexual Assault Initiatives
7. In the News...
8. Resources
9. Training & Workshops

SASS is proud to announce that we have received funding from the Status of Women Canada for our provinces first Sexual Assault Action Plan. 

This project will proceed over 36 months, consisting of a literature review and an assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of services in our province resulting in the development of an action plan to address the unique realities of Saskatchewan. These promising approaches will be piloted through our partner agencies and shared with government policy makers, funders, and sector leaders to promote to uptake of our plan. Results will also be shared with broader stakeholders in order to strengthen coordinated responses to victims of sexual violence.


JOB OPPORTUNITY: Project Coordinator

The Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan is seeking a Project Coordinator to work in collaboration with the Executive Director on a 3 year term (36 month) project. The objectives of the project will include: develop a Sexual Violence Action Plan for the province of Saskatchewan and to establish an ongoing committed multi-sectoral Provincial Advisory Committee. The desired candidate will be a human services professional with 3 - 5 years experience in project management; community development; and knowledge of the issue of sexual violence. The Project Coordinator will report to the SASS Executive Director and the Project Advisory Committee and will be responsible for the overall coordination and management of the project.  

Click here to view the job posting.

On March 29th, SASS co-hosted an International Women’s Day luncheon from 12- 1 pm in Regina at St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral. The speaker was Shana Pasapa from Power Our Women.

This event is a collaboration between SASS, STOPS to Violence, PATHS, SOFIA House, YWCA Regina, and Regina Transition House, with funding support from the Saskatchewan Status of Women Office.

"Our attendees will reflect on the gains made by women since the first IWD over 100 years ago. They will also be made aware of the ways in which women have not yet reached full equality in our society. The issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women has had significant impact in Saskatchewan. While we work to toward justice for Indigenous women we also must celebrate their strengths and successes. Our speaker will be chosen to demonstrate how powerful Indigenous women can be.

We hope to draw awareness to the significance of International Women’s Day and the reality of women’s lives in Canada and around the world. Though some may feel that the work to achieve women’s equality has been completed, we will demonstrate that there is still work to do. We will stand in solidarity with our Indigenous sisters as they strive to overcome generational trauma due to colonization. We will celebrate their strength and resilience and the strength and resilience of women everywhere on this important day."


~ Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre

For Sexual Assault Awareness Week 2017, May 15-19, Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre will be partnering with YWCA Saskatoon to promote the #NOTokay campaign throughout the city. Check out for more information. SSAIC is so excited to be partnering with an organization of this caliber for such an important week of public education.

The 2017 season of SSAIC's child sexual abuse prevention program "I'm the Boss of Me" is almost over -- at last count they will have completed 110 shows by the end of March. That's 110 classrooms of Grade 4 students in Saskatoon and area getting education about bodily boundaries and what to do if someone touches them inappropriately.

The first round of volunteer training for their crisis line will start April 19... they are looking forward to educating and working with a new group of dedicated, empathetic individuals. If you know someone in Saskatoon who may be interested, please have them contact Debbie at for more information.


Regina Sexual Assault Centre
Regina, SK ~

The Centre operates as a modified collective and currently employs 3 full-time counsellors, 1 full-time administrative assistant and a full-time executive director and coordinator of the children's program.  Counselling staff is comprised of a registered social worker with 40 years experience with sexual assault trauma, a registered social worker completing a Master's program and a registered clinical counsellor with a Masters in Art Therapy.  
Click here to visit their website and learn more.


Juris Graney, The Calgary Sun


Representatives from all 26 of Alberta's public post-secondary institutions will come together at an Edmonton symposium to unravel the complexities and help develop a new system to improve the reporting of sexual assaults across campuses in the province.

While independent systems exist for students to make official complaints, the tracking of disclosures, those in which students want to report a sexual assault but who may not necessarily pursue it further, are much harder to accurately quantify, says forum organizer Deborah Eerkes.

Eerkes, a University of Alberta discipline officer and director of Student Conduct and Accountability office, says just being able to count complaints misses the larger picture of sexual violence on campus.

"We can easily track the number of people who have made complaints, but that number tells us nothing," said Eerkes.

New system

What is needed, Eerkes says, is a way to track and report complaints, disclosures and those who use survivor services to understand long-term trends and to help make informed decisions about policy in the future.

At the U of A for instance, three separate entities — protective services, Student Conduct and Accountability and Residence Services — track complaints of sexual assault independently of each other.

Another two services track usage and types of experiences reported by clients and another two teams track the number and types of programming provided to victims of sexual violence.

In essence, if five students came forward to reveal that a friend had been sexually assaulted, five reports could theoretically be created for the one incident.

"We want to reduce the number of sexual assaults but how do you count what’s not happening when you can’t even count what’s happening?,” she says.

Click here to view the full article.

Montreal Gazette

A Quebec student organization is hoping to cut down on the number of sexual assault and harassment cases that happen in bars surrounding universities. The group, Alliance de santé étudiante du Québec (ASEQ), is hoping to have 40 to 50 bars sign up for a new program that would establish a protocol within bars allowing people to communicate with bartenders using a coded language when they feel threatened or uncomfortable. The initiative was launched Sunday morning with the support of Higher Education Minister Hélène David. Two bars have already signed up: Resto Bar La Maisonnée near Université de Montréal and Laval University’s own student pub.

“I’m pretty convinced all university campus bars will agree to the project for one simple and good reason: they all want the same thing, the security of their clients,” said ASEQ vice-president Patrice Allard. David called on all student associations to use their influence and convince their respective bars to participate. Allard said he’s confident the project could catch on with other establishments after it takes root in campus bars.

Click here to view the full article.


By Lesley Flores
On Thursday, posters containing quotes from students, staff, and faculty about the university’s response to their experiences of sexual violence were put up in conspicuous locations across campus. Silence is Violence, a group dedicated to combatting sexual violence and rape culture, launched its Survivors Speak Back campaign on March 16. The campaign aims to “reveal disturbing trends of power and coercion within the university” and has sparked conversation on campus and on social media. Later that day, some posters were taken down by the university. University of Toronto spokesperson Elizabeth Church told The Varsity that “the posters were removed in accordance with the university’s Procedure on Distribution of Publications, Posters and Banners.”

Click here to view the full article.


University of Windsor

Professors and coaches are often the first to hear about incidents of sexual violence from students or those they mentor, research shows — though many feel unprepared to help in spite of their good intentions. To combat this, a new training program developed through UWindsor’s Office of Student Affairs will give faculty and staff a set of tools to proceed confidently if they are approached by an assault survivor. The three-hour workshop, funded through the University’s Strategic Priority Fund, is the result of a year-long consultation process that included pilot testing and feedback from faculty experts Lori Haskell and Dusty Johnstone, as well as frontline service providers from the community. Using the framework of “Recognize, Respond, Refer,” the session aims to have participants leave feeling prepared, but not pressured to be experts. “I spoke to a broad range of faculty and staff in order to ensure we were meeting the needs of the campus, and people almost across the board reported feeling unsure of what to do if a survivor shared their story,” said project co-ordinator Caiti Casey. “This discomfort seemed to come mostly from folks wanting to be able to do the right thing, but also not wanting to cross boundaries or cause harm.”

Click here to view the full article.




Alison Auld and Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Press

A Halifax taxi driver has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a young woman who was found drunk and unconscious in his cab, prompting a renewed debate over how Canadian courts react when the issue of consent is mixed with heavy drinking.

Judge Gregory Lenehan ruled the Crown failed to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the woman did not consent to sexual activity with driver Bassam Al-Rawi.

The 40-year-old man was charged after police found the woman, in her 20s, passed out and naked from the breasts down in his car in the early hours of May 23, 2015.

Click here to view the full article.

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The Canadian Press

The second alleged victim to take the stand at Bertrand Charest's sexual assault trial told the court Friday she suffered intense psychological harassment when she joined the national ski team in 1996.

The woman testified that she became caught in Charest's orbit at 15.

She said Charest manipulated her psychologically and touched her inappropriately.

The harassment, she testified, broke her and put an end to her skiing career after two years.

During her testimony, she said Charest never sexually assaulted her when he coached her but that she almost wished he had so she could feel as though she had more evidence against him.

The woman said she kept silent for years because she felt as though she was his only alleged victim and what she suffered wasn't significant enough to come forward.

Click here to view the full article.



The Canadian Press

Police have charged a teacher with aggravated sexual assault and other offences involving three teen girls in southeastern Saskatchewan. The Estevan Police Service says the man is a teacher at Estevan Comprehensive School, which includes students from Grades 9 through 12.Police say they began investigating last month after being contacted by the South East Cornerstone Public School Division (SECPSD).Police say a suspect was arrested on Friday after officers executed several search warrants. Troy Ruzicka, who is 42, also faces sexual assault, child luring, sexual exploitation, and child pornography charges.He was being held in custody pending a court appearance in Estevan.

Click here to view the full article.

By Gerald Caplan, Globe and Mail

Finally, belatedly, after a judicial disciplinary body recommended his removal, Justice Robin Camp got the message and resigned from the federal bench. Try as I might, I can find in me little sympathy for the man. If his life is now ruined, he has no one but himself to blame.

Since the rape trial at which he presided so ignorantly, many had argued for the need to educate Mr. Camp in the ways of women and the world. Several feminist scholars were even brought in to give him what was called “in-depth counselling” – a kind of crash course, I guess, on modern women. Three of them decided that he was genuinely interested in changing.

I don’t buy it. It’s far too late. The same goes for his colleague in Halifax, Judge Gregory Lenehan, who in his recent ruling on a sex assault case said “a drunk can consent.” Right. Even when they’re found unconscious in the back of a cab and had peed themselves.

Who are these judges? Have they been on Mars? Do they represent the male judges at the pinnacle of our criminal justice system? Were they unconscious while the endless struggle for women’s equality and a woman’s right to be respected played out as front-page news?

Click here to view the full article.



By Annette Ekin

Tamaka Ogawa was about 10 years old when she was sexually assaulted for the first time. It was a public holiday and she was on the subway. A man standing behind her pulled down the band of her culottes and underwear, touched her bare bottom, then pressed himself against her. She recalls feeling shocked and physically sickened. When she reached home, she repeatedly washed the spot where he had pressed himself against her, although she was conscious of not spending too long in the toilet, in case her family noticed that something was wrong.

"I thought of myself as a child," she reflects. "I could not understand that adults were excited by touching me."

Today, Ogawa, a writer and cofounder of Press Labo, a small digital content production company in Shimokitazawa, an inner-city Tokyo neighborhood, often writes about Japan's gender inequality and sexual violence issues.

In 2015, she began writing about the country's long-standing problem with groping - or chikan, in Japanese - often experienced by schoolgirls on public transportation. Many victims stay silent, unable to talk about their experiences in a society which, by many accounts, trivializes this phenomenon. 

Click here to read the full article.


Unfounded: How one woman's sexual assault report was handled by police
This video is part of a series from the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre.

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
International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Systems Change
April 18-20, 2017 in Orlando, FL.
This annual conference focuses on sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, human trafficking and elder abuse.  It consistently brings together law enforcement personnel, prosecutors, victim advocates, judges, parole and probation officers, rape crisis workers, health care professionals, faith community members, educators, researchers and others in a three day conference highlighting promising practices and emerging issues to effectively respond to these crimes in all of our communities.

Pre-Conference: Information and registration for a pre-conference session Handling
Strangulation Assaults from the 911 Call to the Court Room can be accessed here.

Online Registration: Our preferred method for conference registrations is our online format. Online registration allows you to register regardless of your method of payment (credit card, check or purchase order). If for some reason you are unable to register online, you may download the manual registration form.

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.
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

Critical Incident Group Debriefing  April 19, 2017

Depression – Practical Intervention Strategies  April 20, 2017

Challenging Behaviours in Youth – Strategies for Intervention  April 27, 2017


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~Oscar Wilde

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