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OCTOBER 2016 NEWSLETTER
1. SASS Updates
2. VIOLENCE PREVENTION WEEK
3. Member Agency Events & Updates
4. Featured Member Agency:
5. Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Initiatives
6. Canadian Sexual Assault Initiatives

7. In the News...
8. Resources & Funding

9. Training & Workshops
SASS UPDATES

SASS and STOPS to Violence attended the Community Partnership Against Violence breakfast on October 26th held at the Italian Club in Regina. The event included a fantastic breakfast, good company and important information on Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) in the workplace.
 
 


FALL MEMBER AGENCY MEETING
October 26th - 27th
 
What was discussed?
  • Training recommendations and opportunities for Member Agencies;
  • SASS's position statements;
  • Governance structure change, progress;
  • Updates on member agencies.
 


MEMBER AGENCY BENEFITS
Membership benefits:
  • Board member status with voting rights for one (1) representative from your agency.
  • Your agency information included on the SASS website with a link.
  • Opportunities for networking, training, and resource sharing with like-minded organizations in Saskatchewan.
  • Your agency voice linked to the provincial voice for sexual assault reduction and prevention.
 


 
PLEASE LIKE US ON FACEBOOK AND FOLLOW US ON TWITTER
 
On our Facebook page, we have started to post inspirational quotes, statistics and any other relevant sexual assault related resources.  We hope to spread awareness of current sexual assault issues while providing educational resources to those who seek information.

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VIOLENCE PREVENTION WEEK
OCTOBER 24 - 28
 
Over the course of 5 days SASS published three posts per day to Facebook. The posts were a collection of formats ranging from motivational quotes, statistics and videos on BYSTANDER INTERVENTION. The goal of these posts was to raise awareness of how easy it is for bystanders to make a difference in a potential victim's life.
 


CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE USING THE LINKS FOUND AT THE BEGINNING OR END OF THE NEWSLETTER.
MEMBER AGENCY EVENTS & UPDATES
ENVISION COUNSELLING & SUPPORT CENTRE INC.
Estevan area, SK.
 

 


LSAIC
Lloydminster, SK.

 
FREE Public Education Presentations.
Available presentations are:
  • Bullying presentation for kids.
  • Child & Youth Bullying for Parents.
  • Child and Youth Sexual Exploitation.
  • Friendships.
  • Internet Safety.
  • Let’s Talk About It (For Children).
  • Let’s Talk About It (For Parents).
  • Okay vs. Not Okay Touches.
  • Organizational Profile.
  • Relationships.
  • Self-Empowerment for Boys.
  • Self-Esteem for Girls.
  • Sexual Harassment.

For more information, click here.
 
 
NORTH EAST OUTREACH & SUPPORT SERVICES
Melfort area, SK.
Saturday November 26th @ 5:00 P.M.


We invite you to join us for the 2nd Annual Winter Gala in Support of North East Outreach & Support Services. This year the event will feature "Dancing with the Stars: Naicam Edition". Some amazing individuals from the community have committed to intense dance training in order to provide you with a night full of entertainment and surprises. Again this year we will have Elite Bartending mixing up drinks for you and have M&M Kozy Kitchen to make an amazing meal.

Tickets will be available for the 2nd Annual North East Outreach & Support Services Winter Gala on Monday, October 3rd at Cropper Motor's, the Naicam Town Office or at the NEOSS office in Melfort. Tickets are $45.00, please present your ticket at the door.

 


PARTNERS FAMILY SERVICES
Humboldt area, SK.



 

PIWAPAN WOMEN'S CENTRE
La Ronge, SK.
 
On October 4th community members gathered for the "Sisters in Spirit" walk to honour the lives of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls.


To see more pictures and information click here.
FEATURED MEMBER AGENCY: SSAIC
SASKATOON SEXUAL ASSAULT & INFORMATION CENTRE
 
The SSAIC staff at the 13th Annual Luncheon en Vogue Fashion Show Fundraiser which was held at TCU Place on Friday October 14, 2016.
 
 

The Luncheon en Vogue raises money for the "I'm the boss of me" sexual abuse prevention program. The program uses puppetry to educate Grade 4 students about sexual assault. It also raises money to support crisis services for those who have been victims of sexual assault.

Fashions from the 13th annual luncheon were provided by Paramount Day Spa & Salon, Durand's Fine Footwear and Anthony's Fashion.

For more information, click here.
SASKATCHEWAN SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES

New Emergency Shelter Opens in Melfort




By Ryan McNally October 15, 2016.

Victims of domestic violence will now have a more rural setting to go to in time of need.

The City of Melfort opened their shelter to serve the north east area of the province, which will be run by North East Outreach and Support Services (NEOSS).

For more information click here.
CANADIAN SEXUAL ASSAULT INITIATIVES
Toronto
Sep 29, 2016

U Of T CREATES POSITION DEDICATED TO SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION

 

Sobering back-to-school refresher: 1 in 5 women will be victims of a sexual crime during her post-high school career, though most cases will go unreported. So yes it’s about time educational institutions started stepping up with next-level on-campus plans of action.

Terry McQuaid (Photo: Johnny Guatto)

The University of Toronto is doing its part with the announcement of a new hire who will manage the issue head-on.

Terry McQuaid is in the newly-created role, which begins on October 11. It will involve overseeing a proposed “centralized system to facilitate the support, reporting and investigating of victim complaints,” according to U of T News. Based on advice from an expert committee, the policy and position were also a response toward fulfilling Ontario’s mandate that all universities and colleges have a formal policy on sexual assault before January 2017 and positions U of T at the head of the class.

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

Winnipeg, MB

MANITOBA STUDENT GROUP CALLS FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT POLICY LEGISLATION

By: Metro

A provincial student lobbying group is calling for legislation that requires all Manitoban post-secondary institutions adopt consistent sexual assault policies.

Canadian Federation of Students Manitoba chairperson Michael Barkman said the timing for the call to action is not coincidental, and it’s imperative the government heeds it.

For more information click here.

World

MICHELLE OBAMA'S POWERFUL SPEECH ON THE TRUMP SEXUAL ASSAULT ALLEGATIONS

 

During a campaign appearance for Hillary Clinton in Manchester, New Hampshire, Michelle Obama emotionally discussed the sexual assault allegations against Donald Trump. "It has shaken me to my core," she said.

To see the video click here.

WRITER STARTS SOCIAL MEDIA MOVEMENT OF WOMEN SHARING SEXUAL ASSAULT STORIES

 

Kelly Oxford, an author and social media personality, posted an account of an older man on a city bus grabbing her crotch and smiling at her. She asked other women to share their own harrowing assault stories, and thousands did, pushing #NotOK into a trending topic on Twitter.

On the night of October 8th, Oxford said she had 9.7 million Twitter interactions.

Click here for the full story.

NO MORE

 





'Locker room talk' is #NotOkay
 
Copyright © 2016 NO MORE Project, All rights reserved.

5 MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT

 

By | October 13, 2016 02:38pm ET

# 1 - Rape is the only type of sexual assault.

# 2 - Usually committed by strangers.

# 3 - Sexual assault only happens to women and girls.

# 4 - Sexual assault is provoked by the victim's actions.

# 5 - If the victim doesn't struggle against the perpetrator, it's not assault.

Originally published on Live Science.

RESOURCES & FUNDING
FUNDING: CALL FOR PROPOSALS
STATUS OF WOMEN CANADA

 

Status of Women Canada is inviting organizations to submit proposals for projects to Advance Gender Equality in Canada.

The deadline for applications under this call for proposals is noon (12:00 p.m.) Pacific Standard Time, December 8, 2016. All required documents must be provided at the time of submission. Please note that incomplete or late applications will not be considered.

Before you get started, read the Call for Proposals Application Guide.
 
RESOURCE: "IT HAPPENS MORE THAN YOU THINK!"
 

 
STATSCAN
For more statistics on sexual assault click here.
 

WHY SEXUAL ASSAULT VICTIMS WAIT TO SPEAK OUT

 
 

Society tends to blame victims for what happens to them. There's also an outdated cultural belief that "good women don't get raped." In addition, speaking out about an instance of assault can be very painful and cause personal embarrassment. A person may not want to relive the experience. And it's particularly difficult if a victim is accusing a high-power individual in society, or someone who has power over their life. Instead, for many reasons, the victim may feel that it could be easier to try to move on from the assault without speaking up.

The majority of sexual assaults are perpetrated by someone the victim knows, which can make it harder to speak out. The perpetrator may be someone a victim interacts with every day, and the victim may think the perpetrator is a good person in other areas of his or her life; as such, the victim may not want to "hurt" that person. There's a burden from society upon people who speak out, she said.

Originally published on Live Science.

Click here for more information.
 
PRINTABLE COLORING PAGES FOR KIDS
Click here.
 
TRAINING & WORKSHOPS
In Person Conferences
The Dr. Gordon Wicijowski Law Foundation of Saskatchewan Chair in Police Studies Lecture
 
About this talk:
Domestic violence is a complex, gendered and differentiated social reality. There are many challenges for police, lawyers, and other professionals in dealing with domestic violence cases. In some cases the risks posed by domestic violence are not adequately addressed, sometimes with fatal consequences. However, in other cases allegations of violence may be unfounded or exaggerated, with potential for unfair treatment for those alleged to be abusers. 
 
It is now recognized that children who are exposed to spousal violence are themselves at risk of emotional, developmental and physical harm from the violence, and in many cases children as well as victims need supports and the protection of the justice system.

Professor Bala will consider the challenges and complexity of domestic violence, with a focus on taking account of the interests of children in these cases.
 
Click here for more information on the lecture.
Risk Assessment of Violence
With Dr. Phillip J. Resnick, MD
November, 7, 2016 (8:30 AM - 4PM)
Saskatoon, SK - Travelodge Hotel
 

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One of the most important assessments that mental health practitioners must make today is the client's potential for violence. Different psychiatric disorders and diagnoses carry different levels of risk and history of personality traits and childhood antecedents will provide additional clues as to whether someone will become violent. During this one-day workshop, techniques and procedures will be discussed as will video case examples and case histories of persons who have committed violent acts.

Predicting Violence - Can it be Done?
- The Demographics of Violence Prone Individuals

What is the Risk of Violence in Psychiatric Diagnoses?
- The Impact of Mania, Depression, and Psychosis
- The Role of Paranoia
- How Likely is Violence to Occur?
- Assessing Persons with Delusions, Hallucinations, Erotomania, and Pre-Menstrual Tension

Clues in the History
- Personality Disorders and Traits
- Childhood Factors Correlated with Later Violence
- Affective vs. Predatory Violence
- History of Family Violence and Other Important Factors

Current Assessment of Dangerousness
- Behaviour and Risk Factors; Violence Assessment Tools
- The Problem of Countertransference
- Management of Previously Violent Individuals
- Duty to Warn Third Parties of Potential Violence

Stalkers: The Latest Research and the Risk of Violence
- Stalking Typology; Restraining Orders and Risk Management
- Prevention; Practical Advice for Stalking Victims

Homicide-Suicide: Who Commits Them and Why
- Spousal/Lover Homicide-Suicide: The Role of Conflict, Non-Conflict and Age
- Filicide-Suicide: Profile of the "Family Annihilator"; Role of Altruism
- Mass Murderers: Precipitating Events: The Plan and What Factors Predict the Killer's Decision to Suicide

For more information click here.

Mindfulness Counselling Strategies – Activating Compassion and Regulation

 
Nov 15 - Nov 16, 2016 (9 AM - 4 PM)
Saskatoon, SK – Radisson Hotel

 
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.

To register click here.

De-escalating Potentially Violent Situations

 

 
Nov 21, 2016 (9 AM - 4 PM)
For those who work in an environment where there is potential for violence, it is important to develop the skills needed to defuse dangerous situations. This workshop is designed to teach people to de-escalate potentially violent situations through assertiveness and interpersonal communication. The training will explore how anger and violence interplay, including opportunities for self-assessment of personal styles.

To register click here.

Critical Incident Group Debriefing

 
Critical Incident Group Debriefing (CIGD) is a short-term group intervention process that focuses on an immediate event. CIGD is one of several methods that may be utilized to lessen the likelihood of participants experiencing symptoms of trauma and stress after a critical incident. This group debriefing process provides a place for participants to talk and share experiences, and for the facilitator to teach and provide information about the impact of critical incidents.

For more information click here.
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.

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).

Click here for more information.
Web Conferences

Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits: Changing What We Know About Rape

Tuesday, November 1st, 2016
11:00 AM PT/12:00 PM MT/1:00 PM CT/2:00 PM ET

 

This webinar will detail key findings from this research study and discuss how these findings are being used to inform and reform how sexual assaults are investigated and prosecuted.

Topics include:

  • Characteristics of the victims and offenders.
  • Similarities and differences between sex offenders who are connected with one sexual assault versus more than one (serial offenses).
  • Offending patterns for serial sex offenders, stranger sexual assaults, multiple offender sexual assaults, and captivity sexual assaults.
  • An exploration of what happened with sexual assault cases "then vs. now."
  • Victim "vulnerabilities" and their impact on prosecutorial outcomes.
  • Cost savings of testing previously unsubmitted kits.
To register click here.
 

Digital Evidence: Successfully Identifying and
Acquiring Electronic Evidence to Combat
the CSI Effect

 
Friday, November 18th, 2016
11:00 AM PT/12:00 PM MT/1:00 PM CT/2:00 PM ET

This presentation will include examples of sanitized search warrants used in actual cases to advance an investigation.

Objectives

Following the webinar, participants will be better able to:

  1. Recognize the different types of digital media that might be available (preservation letters, video, phone records, phone texts, cell phone tower information, social media).
  2. Understand how to legally seize electronic evidence by utilizing warrants that include requests to not just seize, but examine any evidence obtained as a result of a search warrant.
  3. Develop a theme for the pretext communication and discuss what mode of communication might work best (e.g., phone calls, texting, email).

To register click here.

 
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
 

“Action may not always bring happiness; but there is no happiness without action."
 

-Benjamin Disraeli

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