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SEPTEMBER 2016 NEWSLETTER
1. SASS Updates
2. VIOLENCE PREVENTION WEEK
3. Member Agency Events & Updates

4. Featured Member Agency: LSAIC
5. Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Initiatives

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


 
Regina, SK - SASS is fortunate to have a student working here for the fall semester from the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina. Hannah Gregory started on September 7, 2016, and will be with us until December 2016.  She is currently in her third year of Human Justice Studies and plans on continuing her education, after her undergraduate degree, in law. Hannah's skills, talents, and ever present sunshine attitude, are a wonderful addition to our office.
VIOLENCE PREVENTION WEEK
OCTOBER 24 - 28
Inter-Ministerial Committee:
       


We are working together during Saskatchewan Violence Prevention Week to promote increased awareness and action towards violence prevention in our province.
More information to follow.


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MEMBER AGENCY EVENTS & UPDATES
ENVISION COUNSELLING & SUPPORT CENTRE INC.
Update:
Estevan area, SK - Envision is officially launching their "Into the Sunshine" programming. More information coming soon!
 


NORTH EAST OUTREACH & SUPPORT SERVICES
Melfort area, SK.
Sat Nov 26th @ 5:00 P.M.
 


PIWAPAN WOMEN'S CENTRE
La Ronge, SK.
Sisters In Spirit  Every year on October 4th we gather to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls. The violence experienced by Aboriginal women and girls in Canada is a national tragedy. We must take the time to give thanks to the families who are our reason we all continue to demand action.
 

 
SASKATOON SEXUAL ASSAULT CENTRE
Saskatoon, SK.
The 13th Annual Luncheon en Vogue Fashion Show Fundraiser will be held at TCU Place on Friday October 14, 2016.

 
 
Call 306-244-2294 to purchase your tickets today.
 

 
THE SOCIETY FOR THE INVOLVEMENT OF GOOD NEIGHBORS (SIGN)
Yorkton, SK.

The Society for the Involvement of Good Neighbors has some exciting news to share! Beginning August 3, 2016, SIGN will be running a free 10-week pilot project, providing a walk-in counseling clinic at the SIGN on Broadway facility, Room 135 (345 Broadway Street West). There is direct access to the clinic’s reception from the east parking lot. The Walk-In Counseling Clinic will be very similar to the Walk-In Medical Clinic model. Each Wednesday and Thursday, from 12 PM to 8 PM, free counseling services by a qualified counselor will be provided on a first come-first serve basis. Click the picture for more information. - SIGN-YORKTON ORG.

Click here for more information.
FEATURED MEMBER AGENCY: LSAIC
Lloydminster Sexual Assault & Information Centre
 
Lloydminster, SK
The newest Member Agency to the SASS family is Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre (LSAIC).
Our role is to provide crisis intervention services to individuals and families impacted by sexual violence. Educating and building awareness is key towards violence prevention. We work closely with community partners to provide services that effectively meet the needs of our clients in a professional, empathetic and caring manner. Our many partners make it possible to continue to support those impacted by sexual violence through a multi-disciplinary approach.


LSAIC believes that voices of survivors of sexual violence should be heard; that each individual is unique. Our Crisis Interventionists provide a client-centered approach to individual sessions, meeting the client in their moment. Our agency is a place of safety, confidentiality and hope.


Source: Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre.

For more information on LSAIC click here.

SASKATCHEWAN SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES
University of Regina

WORKING TO END SEXUAL ASSAULT & VIOLENCE ON CAMPUS


(L-R) Regina Rams Head Coach Stephen Bryce, Dr. Vianne Timmons, U of R President and Vice-Chancellor, Honourable Tina Beaudry-Mellor, Minister of Social Services and Minister Responsible for the Status Of Women, Ms. Roz Kelsey, Chair, Man Up Against Violence, and Todd Minerson, Executive Director, White Ribbon Canada at the Gendered Violence Prevention Project announcement. Photo courtesy Rae Graham, U of R Photography.

University of Regina is developing a comprehensive sexual assault and violence prevention action plan. The University’s Board of Governors approved the Sexual Assault and Violence Policy on September 15, 2015.  The policy formalizes the University’s commitment to addressing sexual assault-and-violence through prevention activities focused on education and communication, supports the reporting of sexual assault and violence, addresses the needs of victims and establishes procedures for investigation and adjudication of sexual assault-and-violence. - University of Regina, September 9, 2016.

Click here for more information.
 
Other sources.
CBC News

URSAFE
CANADIAN SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES
UBC

SEXUAL ASSAULT CONCERNS LEAD TO CHANGES AT B.C. UNIVERSITIES



 
Trey Levy, a defensive end for UBC’s Thunderbirds football team, is tackling head-on the issue of sexual violence on campus.  In his third year at the University of B.C., the 21-year-old Levy has became a liaison for the campus Safewalk program. Football players work night shifts from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. as part of a group that escorts students, staff and visitors who feel unsafe walking alone on campus. Levy’s concern about sexual violence was elevated last year when female students close to him confided that they were bothered by increased reports of attacks on university campuses, he said. - Nick Eagland, September 18, 2016.

Click here for more information.
IN THE NEWS...

Canada

Alberta

FEDERAL COURT JUDGE UNDER REVIEW FOR BERATING SEX ASSAULT COMPLAINT

Robin Camp sat on Alberta provincial court when he asked, 'Couldn't you just keep your knees together?'
 

 

The Canadian Judicial Council is reviewing the conduct of a Federal Court judge who questioned the efforts of a sexual assault complainant to fend off her attacker.

The council announced Monday it will review the behaviour of Robin Camp during a 2014 case he adjudicated while serving as an Alberta provincial court judge. The case involved the alleged rape of a 19-year-old woman by a Calgary man, whom she accused of sexually assaulting her over a bathroom sink during a house party. - By Kathleen Harris, Alison Crawford, CBC News, November 9, 2016.

For more information on the Alberta Provincial court's response to sexual assault victims click here.

 

A second Alberta judge is under review for his conduct at a sexual-assault trial, but unlike the public inquiry this month involving Justice Robin Camp, it is being done in private by the Provincial Court’s chief judge.

Provincial Court Justice Michael Savaryn acquitted a teenage boy in April of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl in a high school hallway after ruling that she had not clearly expressed her objections to him – though a camera filmed her saying no to him. In July, a higher court criticized him for that ruling, saying he had relied on stereotypes about sex-assault victims and misunderstood the law of consent.

Click here for more information.

 


Montreal

BISHOP’S UNIVERSITY LAUNCHES SEXUAL VIOLENCE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN

 

Bishop’s University will launch an unprecedented campaign in September to prevent sexual violence on its campus. The campaign comes at a time when the University is mobilizing to offer additional resources and tools to students in the hopes of eradicating sexual violence from its campus. - BU News.
 
Click here to read the full article.
 

 
Toronto
SEXUAL ASSAULT:
THE ROADSHOW GIVES SURVIVORS A 'SACRED' SPACE

The pop-up gallery at Nathan Phillips Square, based in a retrofitted shipping container, aims to raise awareness and change conversations about sexual assault.


A shipping container covered in pastel graffiti sits in the corner of Nathan Phillips Square — an odd enough sight already, and made all the more eye-catching by a slogan spray-painted on one of its sides in bright blue, two-feet-tall letters: SEXUAL ASSAULT: THE ROADSHOW. - By Jackie Hong.

Click here to read the full article.

 

 
World
 

OREGON DETECTIVE PIONEERS NEW SEXUAL ASSAULT REPORTING PROGRAM

 

 

In 2009, Hull began looking for a way to change how police departments interacted with sexual violence survivors... In 2013, the detective launched a program called "You Have Options" at the Ashland P.D... The goal, Hull says, was to make sure victims who report sexual assault crimes to the police are not re-traumatized by their interactions with law enforcement. - Avery Lill, September 22, 2016.

Copyright 2016 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

 

 

CONGRESS CLOSE TO PASSING SEXUAL ASSAULT SURVIVOR BILL OF RIGHTS

 

Washington (Gray DC) - Congress is close to passing a Sexual Assault Survivor's Bill of Rights. The bill would guarantee what many are calling basic rights for rape victims. The Senate passed the bill before summer recess and the House passed the bill Tuesday. However, the pieces of legislation were not identical so they now go to conference before heading to the president’s desk. - Alex Miller, September 12, 2016.

Click here for the full article and video.
 
RESOURCES
AUDRIE AND DAISY DOCUMENTARY REVIEW


 
The documentary tells the stories of two girls who were raped in the same year. Both tried to end their lives. Only one survived. The other is playing a crucial role in educating today's youth about the dangers of social media, sexual assault and not speaking out on behalf of your friends.

Click here for the whole story.

COMPREHENSIVE SEX EDUCATION

 

In this podcast, Wendi Siebold, President and Senior Research Associate at Strategic Prevention Solutions, introduces a new e-learning module developed in partnership with PreventConnect. It is intended to provide a basic overview of the min concepts behind prevention program planning and evaluation. - California Coalition Against Sexual Assault

Click here for more information.
"GET CONSENT" CAMPAIGN FOR THE CONCORDIA SEXUAL ASSAULT RESOURCE CENTRE


Click the picture for more information.

This Vimeo portrays fruit in different situations to show what is considered "consent." It is a commissioned work for Concordia University's Sexual Assault Resource Centre and is the basis of their sexual assault awareness campaign throughout the university campus. The concept, animation and sound was created by Lori Malépart-Traversy and Daniel Sterlin-Altman.

UNIVERSITY OF SASKATCHEWAN: SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CONSENT


 

A new app is the latest initiative by the University of Saskatchewan to battle sexual assaults on campus.

The USAFE app offers options, information and tools to help students and employees on campus manage their safety. It is modelled after a similar app at Queen’s University.

Click here for more information.

 

 
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TRAINING & WORKSHOPS
In Person Conferences
The Crisis & Trauma Resource Institute presents the following in-person public workshops in Saskatchewan this Fall:
 
De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations™ 
Saskatoon:  November 21, 2016 (early rate expires October 31)
Regina:  November 22, 2016 (early rate expires November 1)

Participants of this workshop will develop a clear understanding of how to assess the potential for violence and respond with a diverse set of tools and strategies.

Some of the topics covered:
  • The Role of Anger in Violence
  • The Aggression Defusing Process
  • Approaching, Containment and Problem Solving Strategies
  • When and How to Disengage
  • Rating of Workplace Risk Factors
Early Rate $198;  Regular Rate $220
 
More upcoming workshops in Saskatchewan:

Self-Injury Behaviour in Youth – Issues & Strategies
Saskatoon:  Oct. 25 & 26

Understanding Mental Illness in Children and Youth
Saskatoon:  Oct. 27

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder – Strategies for Supporting
Regina:  Nov. 3 & 4 

Mindfulness Counselling Strategies – Activating Compassion and Regulation
Saskatoon:  Nov. 15 & 16
 
Click here for more information and to register for the seminar.
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 pessimist sees difficulty in every opportunity. The optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”

 

-Winston Churchill

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