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January 2017 NEWSLETTER
1. SASS Updates
2. Member Agency Events & Updates
4. Featured Member Agency: NEOSS
5. Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Initiatives

6. Canadian Sexual Assault Initiatives
7. In the News...
8. Resources
9. Training & Workshops
SASS UPDATES
WINTER PRACTICUM STUDENTS


 
Regina, SK - From January till April, SASS is pleased to announce that two students from the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina will be working with us. Dianna Thomas is in here third year of Justice Studies, and plans to continue her education with a Masters in Criminology when she graduates. Kendra Poitras is a fourth year student, and plans to stay in Regina after graduation in April 2017.

EDUCATIONAL MATERIAL HAS ARRIVED


Our deepest thank you to the PraireAction Foundation and the Status of Women for their generous contribution towards our educational material. Funding from foundations and government branches like theirs, helps us to continue our missions to create opportunities for members and communities to collectively work together to end sexual violence.

IT TAKES A COMMUNITY CONFERENCE


On January 24th, SASS Executive Director, Kerrie Isaac, attended the "It Takes A Community" conference hosted by North East Outreach in Melfort. Sherry Tucker and Sheldon Kennedy were just two amazing speakers there that day!
EDUCATIONAL LITERATURE







 
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MEMBER AGENCY EVENTS & UPDATES
Battlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre

The Battlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre received a cheque Jan. 12 from the local chapter of 100 Women Who Care the Battlefords.

A donation of $15,450.00 was presented to Heather O'Neil, chair of the Battlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre. O'Neil explained the donation will be used to further educate the Youth of the Battlefords on prevention of sexual assault. 100 Women Who Care the Battlefords has grown to more than 150 members.

Click here to learn more about 100 Women Who Care the Battlefords.


Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre

PRESENTS:

The Walk a Mile in her Shoes event is an international march against sexual violence! The third bi-annual event is set for May 11, 2017! For more information check out their Facebook page.
 

 
SASKATOON SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRE
Saskatoon, SK.
The "I'm The Boss of Me" Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program is starting this month and will go until the end of April. Grade 4 classrooms in Saskatoon will be educated to understand what sexual abuse is (along with physical, emotional and on-line abuse), why it is wrong, to let them know that abuse is never their fault, how to get help and not keep secrets about abuse.
FEATURED MEMBER AGENCY: NEOSS North East Outreach & Support Services
 
Melfort, SK
North East Outreach and Support Services enhances the safety and wellness, and nurtures personal growth of individuals and families affected by domestic and sexualized violence in North Eastern Saskatchewan.

 
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Services

North East Women’s Shelter

We are a 16 bed, short-term emergency shelter that offers 24 hour in-house shelter and services for women and children who are fleeing domestic violence situations.

If you or someone you know is seeking emergency shelter from a domestic violence situation please give us a call at 306-752-9455 or call the crisis line at 1-800-611-6349.

Personal Violence Prevention and Support Program

Our Personal Violence Counselors will work with you to help you explore your options, discover your strengths and encourage your personal growth.

We offer:

  • Supportive counseling, information, and advocacy through individual or group support sessions
  • Referrals to other community agencies and help with coordination of the services you need
  • Assistance with crisis situations
  • Assistance with access to shelter and planning for your safety

For more information please call us at 306-752-9464.

Community Outreach

As a regional program, we provide outreach services to those in need. Our Personal Violence Counselors can meet with you in your community, or you are welcome to come to our Melfort office for appointments.

Counselors travel to the following communities:

  • Nipawin
  • Tisdale
  • Naicam

Please contact us at 306-752-9464 to arrange an appointment.

24 Hour Crisis Line

Our 24 Hour Crisis Line provides:

  • Telephone support in any crisis
  • Supportive listening
  • Information and referrals

1-800-611-6349

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Public Awareness and Prevention

Our staff are available to provide education, awareness and prevention
presentations to any group of interested children, youth or adults.

Topics include but are not limited to:

  • Interpersonal violence/abuse
  • Dating violence
  • Sexual Assault/abuse
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Resource Centre

Our Resource Centre is located on the main floor of our office and contains resources available to everyone.

For more information please call our office at 306-752-9464.


Source: North East Outreach & Support Services

For more information on NEOSS click here.

CANADIAN SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES
Toronto

BARTENDERS AGAINST SEXUAL HARASSMENT EVENT RAISING MONEY, AWARENESS FOR BARTENDER TRAINING

By Lauren Pelley, CBC News

With a new job and a new city on the horizon, Toronto bartender Veronica Saye wanted to have one final downtown bash to say goodbye.

Now, it's become a BASH instead — an event called Bartenders Against Sexual Harassment, raising money and awareness about sexual harassment and assault in the Toronto bar scene.
 

Click here to read the full article.


University of Alberta

SEXUAL VIOLENCE POLICY ANTICIPATED FOR JULY 2017

The University of Alberta's Sexual Violence Policy is currently going through the formal approval process and is scheduled to be implemented in July 2017.

Among other things, the policy outlines:

  • That sexual violence committed by any member of the university community is prohibited and constitutes misconduct, where a member of the university community is anybody who has a formal affiliation with the university
  • The university‘s commitment to support any member of their community who has experienced sexual violence by informing the survivor of the resources and options available to them
  • The university’s responsibility to raise awareness of consent, sexual violence, and prevention, as well as maintain safe, confidential, and neutral mechanisms for individuals to make disclosures
  • The difference between a disclosure and a complaint, where a disclosure is when the survivor tells someone that they have experienced sexual assault, and a complaint being a report for the purposes of starting a formal investigation

Click here for more information.
Toronto
NEW INITIATIVE AIMS TO FIGHT SEXUAL HARASSMENT AT TORONTO BARS — THROUGH DRINK COASTERS
By Lauren Pelley, CBC News

'On The Table' is a series of locally-designed coasters meant to spark dialogue at Toronto venues.

 

As co-owner of two Toronto bars, Phil Cacace has heard plenty of stories about harassment from female staff and clientele.

"They get followed all the way home from work sometimes," says the co-owner of Wenona Craft Beer Lodge and Tall Boys, both found on the stretch of Bloor Street West between Dufferin and Christie Streets.

"Or taxi drivers want to know if this is where they live and this is where they work. Or they come back from the bathroom, take a sip of their drink, and don't remember the rest of their night."

That's why when Aisle 4, a Toronto-based curatorial project promoting socially engaged artwork, contacted Cacace about a new sexual harassment awareness project involving beer coasters designed by local artists, he jumped at the chance to participate.

The project — cheekily called 'On The Table' — is a series of coasters designed to spark conversation about gender-based violence and sexual harassment in bars, clubs, and other venues.

Click here to read the full article.

Ontario
ONE BILLION RISING REVOLUTION
By Laurie Lamont, Bracebridge Examiner

One Billion Rising is a global revolution that was launched by playwright and fierce activist Eve Ensler on Valentine’s Day 2012. It has become the largest mass action to end violence against women in modern history. This call to action was based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or sexual assaulted during her lifetime, and usually by someone she knows. The world’s population is seven billion — this means one billion women and girls will experience this atrocity in her lifetime. Eve called for one billion people to rise up and dance and shake the earth into awareness of the issue. The movement has been gaining momentum ever since.

Click here to read more.
IN THE NEWS...

Canada

Toronto

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO IMPLEMENTS NEW SEXUAL VIOLENCE POLICY

By Maia Kachan, The Strand
 

 

This month, the University of Toronto implemented a new sexual violence policy. The policy comes as a result of a broader attempt to improve support for victims of sexual violence across all three University of Toronto campuses.

The Ontario Provincial Government recently implemented Bill 132, which requires a specific sexual violence policy in place at all universities by January 1st, 2017. In response to this, the University of Toronto began an extensive, 18-month process to develop their final “Policy on Sexual Violence and Sexual Harassment.” The policy was developed through focus groups including students and faculty, intermittent release of policy drafts and feedback from the broader University of Toronto community, and external research and support from experts in the field.


Click here to read the full article.

 


Saskatchewan

SASKATOON POLICE INVESTIGATING REPORT OF UNLAWFUL CONFINEMENT, SEXUAL ASSAULT

Saskatoon Star Phoenix

Saskatoon police are searching for the taxi driver who delivered a 26-year-old Melfort woman to a convenience store in Mount Royal in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after she had been picked up by five men in a truck, locked in a basement and sexually assaulted for hours.

Click here to read the full article.
 

 
British Columbia
B.C. UNIVERSITIES SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICIES LOOK TO AVOID PAST MISTAKES
by  Ashley Wadhwani - BC Local News
 

It’s been three years since Jean Strong was sexually assaulted twice in the same semester, and a year since she walked into a Thompson Rivers University counsellor’s office to report it, only to be told she should transfer schools.

In a blog post last year about her experience, she talked about how she had been looking for help to report the attacks to the authorities, but got the entirely unexpected reaction.

“It was suggested I transfer to Queen’s or Carleton — any university that was not TRU,” the now-22-year-old wrote.

That blog post got picked up by the media in Kamloops, and it prompted a discussion in B.C. on the need for universities to develop sexual assault policies that are separate from other misconduct policies.

She and BC Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver ended up working together on Bill 23, called the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act, which passed last March.

Read here to read the full article.


 
World
 

IT'S ON US CAMPAIGN

This Campaign Wants Donald Trump to Take Sexual Assault More Seriously

During the Obama administration's last eight years, a lot of progress has been made toward addressing the campus sexual assault crisis. The administration has put out guidelines for universities on how to best ensure survivors are protected, has issued a call to university presidents to do more for survivors, and launched the It's On Us campaign to raise awareness about how big of an issue campus sexual assault really is.

 To see more, visit http://itsonus.org
 

RESOURCES

WHAT CANADIAN LAW SAYS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CONSENT

 

A short video describing important facts about the details in Canadian Law about sexual assault and consent.
 
Click here to view the whole video.


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TRAINING & WORKSHOPS
In Person Conferences
Working Well: Managing Mental Health in the Workplace

February 2, 2017 in Regina, SK.
This conference 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.


The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute presents the following in-person public workshops in Saskatchewan this Winter:
 
Trauma – Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress
Saskatoon:  February 15-16, 2017 (early rate expires January 25)


This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects a person through the brain and nervous system and how it can result in longer term symptoms at physical, psychological and emotional levels. Participants will be given an opportunity to understand their own response as helpers to working with trauma and how to be better equipped to continue their work responding to trauma.

Some of the topics covered:
  • Trauma, the Body and the Brain
  • Survival Mode: Fight, Flight or Freeze
  • Trauma and Recovery
  • Therapeutic Lenses
  • Longer Term Impact
Early Rate $375;  Regular Rate $420
 
Click here for more information and to register for the seminar.
Justice Canada Knowledge Exchange 2017
 Gatineau, Quebec:  March 7-8, 2017

The event will also examine promising practices from within Canada and other common law jurisdictions that aim to strengthen the criminal justice system’s responses to this crime. The Knowledge Exchange will be open to criminal justice professionals, academics, victim service providers and government policy makers.

Panel 1: Sexual Assault in Canada: Statistics and the Law
Panel 2: Sexual Assault Reporting and Investigation
Panel 3:
Sexual Assault Trial: Substantive Law and Procedure
Panel 3: Sexual Assault Trial: Evidence, Testimonial Aids and Expert Witnesses
Panel 4: Sentencing and Corrections
Panel 5: Promising Practices and Alternatives to Traditional Criminal Justice Trials

Click here to find out more.
 

More upcoming workshops in Saskatchewan:

Motivating Change – Strategies for Approaching Resistance
Regina: March 9 & 10

Helping Children - Practical Tools for Engaging and Supporting
Saskatoon:  March 14 & 15

Violence Threat Assessment – Planning and Response
Regina:  March 23


Walking Through Grief – Helping Others Deal with Loss
Saskatoon:  March 27 & 28
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.
 
Web Conferences

The ABCs of DNA Evidence
 
In this online webinar you will learn some basic information about DNA and its role in a sexual assault investigation. An opportunity will be provided to apply what you've learned, with two interactive scenarios you can work through with specific case facts and evidence.
 
Questions answered includes:
  • What is DNA?
  • What are Sources of DNA for Forensic Purposes?
  • What are time frames for evidence collection?
  • What are the primary purposes of DNA evidence?
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.
 
FOOD FOR THOUGHT:
           

“The secret of change if to focus all of your energy, not on
fighting
the old, but building the new ”

 

-Socrates

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