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February 2018 Newsletter
SASS Updates
Member Agency Events & Updates
Featured Member Agency: 
Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Initiatives
Canadian Sexual Assault Initiatives
In the News...
Resources
Training & Workshops
SASS Updates
 Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan Research


As part of our Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan project, SASS has developed three surveys to determine the gaps in service and supports for survivors across the province. The surveys will be for the following demographics:

Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Survivor survey: 
https://sass.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_brYRQVaCTGsUbsN 
Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Secondary Survivor survey:
https://sass.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8wFHpYmpeGGS63z
Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Service Provider Survey: 
https://sass.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_bIW1DV1jHHjunK5


The surveys are available online through SASS's website, social media and through our partner organizations' websites. Our ten member agencies will also have paper copies for individuals to complete and mail back to SASS. Our surveys are anonymous and confidential. Paper surveys will be  with an envelope with pre-paid postage for participants to mail directly to SASS.
 
 


Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan Advisory Committee Meeting

 
SASS had its second Advisory Committee meeting for Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan Project.
We presented the Preliminary Literature Review and Survey Findings for the Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Research.

We have also entered into a partnership with the Community-University Institute of Social Research at the University of Saskatchewan (CUISR).
CUISR facilitates partnerships between the university and the larger community in order to engage in relevant social research that supports  deeper understanding of our communities and that reveals opportunities for improving our quality of life. CUISR and SASSwill work together in travelling across the province to conduct interviews and focus groups in order to gain a better understanding of the existing strengths and potential gaps in service provision as it relates to sexual violence in Saskatchewan.

The research findings will guide the Provincial Advisory Committee in developing an action plan that reflects the needs of Saskatchewan people.

Click here to learn more or participate in our ongoing research.

 
Member Agency Events & Updates
Regina Sexual Assault Centre & Kids on the Block Regina

Anti-Bullying Presentation

  
Regina's Sexual Assault Centre and Kids on the Block will be hosting an Anti-Bullying presentation by Tad Milmine
March 9th (Grades 7-10) 
Further information will be released in early Febraury

Click Here to learn more about Tad, the presentation, and when to register.
 
 

Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Center




 
What's new: 
  • If you are a survivor, have supported a survivor, or are a front-line service provider, please consider helping Saskatchewan collect data on sexual violence in our province by participating in the appropriate survey. The better the data, the better SASS can advocate for more services!
  • The Ministry of Justice is working with the Public Legal Education Association of Saskatchewan (PLEA) to pilot a four year program to provide 3 hours of free legal information/advice to survivors of sexual violence. Learn more here. 
  • The word "trigger" gets thrown around a lot, but what does it mean in the context of sexual violence? Our website has you covered.
  • SSAIC is proud to be the charity of choice for The Roxy Theatre's LIVE broadcast of the Academy Awards on March 4. See you there! #RedCarpetNotIncluded #TimesUp 
 
Click Here to learn more!
 
Featured Member Agency: 

West Central Crisis & Family Support Centre
West Central Crisis & Family Support Centre



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.

The centre provides various programs revolving around the topics of family support, parenting, youth initiative programs and outreach programs. 

Click here to learn more. 


 
Sexual Assault Initiatives in Saskatchewan

         Saskatchewan Towards Offering Partnership Solutions to Violence

                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                   
               
 

STOPS to Violence has a monthly news ebulletin providing news articles and upcoming conferences on related topics.
 

To read this ebulletin click here
 

RESOLVE Newsletter
 
RESOLVE's February Newsletter featuring SASS has been released! Click Here to read the latest addition. 
 

Police Have a Lot of Plans for 2018

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It might be a “breathing” year for the Estevan Police Service, but Police Chief Paul Ladouceur said there will still a lot happening for the local police this year.

The EPS knows that people are seeking counselling services for interpersonal violence, but they aren’t coming to the police about it

“It’s great if somebody can work through domestic issues, through counselling and things like that, but what if they’re not?” said Ladouceur. “At the end of the day, what if they’ve sought counselling or they’ve sought assistance from someone else, but the change stops there, and the abuse or the violence is still continuing.”

“We know things are happening out there, and much like sexual assault, it doesn’t happen in the public eye, or very seldom does it happen in the public eye. It happens behind closed doors,” said Ladouceur.

Any expansion would need to be moderate in nature, he said, and it wouldn’t be realistic to build a new police station at this time.

The future of the police station has been discussed by the Estevan board of police commissioners, and it will continue to be discussed by the police board and by city council. But at some point, Ladouceur said something will need to happen so that the officers will have the space they need to do their jobs.


Click here to read more. 
Sexual Assault Initiatives in Canada
 
Val-D 'Or Sexual Assault Support Center Gets $240k to Address

Needs of Indigenous Women  



 Quebec Minister of Indigenous Affairs Geoff Kelley, second from right, was in Val-d'Or Monday to announce the funding for Mikizi. Guy Bourgeois, the MNA for Abitibi-Est, left, and counsellors Sakia Wabie, Isabelle Dostie and Meela Mykoo.

A support centre for victims of sexual abuse in Val-d'Or, Que., is launching a new program to meet the surge in demand from Indigenous women for the centre's services since 2015.

The province is investing $240,000 in the initiative, called Mikizi, aimed at reaching Indigenous women living in and around Val-d'Or, in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region

 

Judy Lafontaine is a counsellor at Assaut Sexuel Secours. She said the centre has wanted to hire extra staff ever since since allegations of police mistreatment of Indigenous women surfaced in 2015.

Demand for the centre's services more than doubled in the year that followed, Lafontaine said, forcing the centre to draw up a waiting list for the first time in its existence.

That demand has continued to grow along with social movements such as #MeToo, which has pushed more women to come forward, said Lafontaine.

"We are here to help them heal, help them find peace," Lafontaine said.

Click Here to read more. 


 

                                 An Indigenous Approach for Responding to Gender Violence 

                                             
An Indigenous approach for responding to gender based violence
                                   

Joyce Fossella is from the Lillooet Nation. Val Joseph is from the Kwakwaka'wakw Nation. Both work as part of the Warriors Against Violence Society, an organization in Vancouver that responds to gender-based violence using a holistic approach that is grounded in Indigenous cultures and in the context of the ongoing reality of colonial violence and trauma from the broader society that impacts Indigenous people

In mainstream settler Canadian society, gendered violence is everywhere. It is mostly committed by men and it mostly targets women and trans people – not exclusively, but mostly. And it is mostly committed not by strangers but by somebody you know – someone in your family, a romantic partner, a co-worker, a friend.

The organization says of its work, "We believe there is a need to restore the traditional Aboriginal values of honour, respect and equality. The Circle of Life includes elders, lifegivers, men, and youth. All have a right to live in non-violent families and communities."

Click Here to read more. 
          

 
Sexual assault among biggest issues Indigenous women face,

Open Door tells Viens commission


The Open Door's outreach worker John Tessier (left) and director David Chapman told the Viens commission that 'the system is broken' when it comes to supporting Indigenous people.

In its second week in Montreal, the Viens commission heard more stories Tuesday about how many roadblocks Indigenous people face when trying to report a crime to police

During three hours of testimony, staff from The Open Door recounted several instances where they had been told about someone's sexual assault, and they tried to step in to help.

"Sexual assault is one of the biggest problems we face," said David Chapman, the acting director of Open Door, a Montreal drop-in centre whose clients are largely Indigenous.

"In the last year, 10 Indigenous women said they were raped or sexually assaulted…[Of] the 10, only three were willing to make a report to police."

Chapman told the public inquiry that he tried to intervene but faced repeated roadblocks.

Click Here to read more. 
International Sexual Assault Initiatives 
NBA Setting up Hotline to Report Misconduct, Work Concerns


The NBA is establishing a confidential hotline for league and team employees to report concerns about misconduct in their workplace

The move comes after a Sports Illustrated report that described a hostile environment for women in the Dallas Mavericks organization

Commissioner Adam Silver sent a memo to teams Thursday detailing plans for the hotline and asking them to review their respect in the workplace policies. The memo states that “respect and integrity are core NBA values, and we all must work to ensure that they are reflected in the culture and workplaces of our organizations.”

 
Click Here to read more. 
In The News...
Saskatchewan
 

                  Regina podcast creator to host second public panel discussion and fundraiser 


 

The premise of his weekly podcast, 'Story of U', is simple: Broom has guests, regular people, on every week and they talk about their life story.

Perusing through the list of guests Broom has had, it is easy to notice the themes emerging: perseverance and overcoming adversity are among the most prominent.

In one episode, a woman talks about her sexually abusive upbringing, adopting her son and her careers with the police and being a teacher. Other episodes talk about coming out, struggles with mental health, starting a business from scratch or growing up abroad. 

His guests are scientists, artists and business owners, among other things. What Broom's work does is make it easy to see that everyone has a story.

Click Here to read more. 


                                                                                 Canada

              'I said stop': Ottawa woman accuses Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard of Sexual Assault  

                        

                           Jacob Hoggard of Hedley performs at We Day Canada at Parliament Hill on July 2, 2017, in Ottawa.                                                                             

The relationship between the 24-year-old, petite blond and Jacob Hoggard, the frontman for Canadian rock band Hedley, began in the fall of 2016 with a surprise Tinder swipe in the nation's capital. She says it developed into daily Snapchat flirtations before ending two weeks later in a Toronto hotel room, where, she says, the singer raped her and sent her away crying uncontrollably.

Hoggard denies the allegation and says the pair had consensual sex in his hotel room.
The woman alleges what Hoggard did to her was more than sexual misconduct. She says it was sexual assault. But she did not file a police complaint, and none of her allegations has been tested in court.

A statement from Hoggard's lawyer says the singer is very sorry the woman is upset, "but that does not change the fact that they made a mutual plan to get together to have sex and they did just that."

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                            Alberta report condemns treatment of Indigenous sexual-assault victim       
  

                                                                                                                

A list of legal wrongs almost too long to summarize led to an Edmonton Indigenous woman being jailed for days – and shackled and transported by van alongside the man she had accused of a violent kidnapping and sexual assault – according to a new independent report on the 2015 case.

Ms. Campbell made a long list of recommendations about how victims of crime are treated, including when they are testifying in court as witnesses. Among them is that Alberta end the practice of requiring witnesses in court to stand.

"To the knowledge of the authors," she wrote, "no other jurisdiction in the Commonwealth requires witnesses to stand while they are testifying."

In a news conference Friday, Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley warned against treating the series of events as a one-off case. She said she too was shocked by Ms. Cardinal's treatment, and said it reveals systemic problems in the justice system.

Click Here to read more. 


         
                        Canada's #MeToo Movement Stretches Limits Of Sexual Assault Support Centres    

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

The #MeToo movement has sparked a surge in demand for sexual assault services across Canada, but organizations that support survivors are struggling to keep up.

"This is a definite shift in culture where survivors are feeling safer to come forward and we need to be able to respond," said Deb Tomlinson, CEO of the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services. "We are not responding the way we need to right now."

"Everytime there's a public spotlight put on sexual assault, whether it's Jian Ghomeshi or #YesAllWomen, there's always a surge in the number of callers that we get," said Sambriddhi Nepal, manager of fund development for Vancouver's WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre. "What's different about #MeToo is this is the first time you've seen a hashtag like this really gain traction but then keep a sustained amount of traction."

Russell said that governments across Canada prefer to fund victim service agencies over rape crisis centres. Victim service agencies are police-based or community-based and funded by the government. They provide support immediately after an attack, but don't do the feminist advocacy work that rape crisis centres do, Russell said.

"We've helped two women now bring civil cases against the RCMP for refusing to arrest the men that went on to injure them," she said. "That's the kind of work a rape crisis centre does. And that's the kind of work that's not being funded adequately."

On average, the 12 centres in Alberta see about 1,700 new counselling clients annually. But in the fiscal year ending March 2017, that number was 3,510 — more than double the average.


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International

A Me Too moment at NY Fashion Week thanks to French designer

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NEW YORK — French designer Myriam Chalek, creative director of the brand American Wardrobe, didn't want to put on just another show at New York Fashion Week, so she gathered a small group of sexual misconduct survivors, sent them down her runway and let them share their stories Friday.

The eight women first walked in her designs, then stood at the end of the runway in front of a hotel ballroom full of seated guests and a platform of photographers and TV crews. They were handcuffed to male models wearing pig heads, most providing their first names only to tell of their horrors, some buried deep for years until the #MeToo movement bolstered them to go public.

Most of Chalek's runway walkers were not professional models. They included internet safety educator Alicia Kozakiewicz, who said she was abducted in 2002 at age 13 by an internet predator, taken to another state and held captive, chained by the neck. She said her abductor livestreamed her "torture" and she thought she was going to die, until the FBI found her and rescued her.

She said the #MeToo movement is "not about man hating. It is not about fighting violence with violence. It is, however, empowering women and girls to live in a world free of fear."

Click Here to read more. 


 

            Snowboarding Gold medallist Shaun White Dismisses Sexual Assault Lawsuit As ‘Gossip’                                                             

          “I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff,” Shaun White said after he was asked if the sexual assault allegations from 2016 might tarnish his reputation.

Shaun White dismissed the sexual assault allegations made against him in a 2016 lawsuit as “gossip” and hurried away from reporters trying to ask him more about the allegations Wednesday, just hours after winning his third gold medal in the men’s halfpipe.

White has been the world’s dominant snowboarder for more than a decade, winning gold medals in 2006, 2010 and again this year, completing a comeback after finishing fourth in 2014.

As White was competing, many on social media resurfaced the details from the lawsuit by a former drummer in White’s rock band, the Bad Things. Lena Zawaideh said White sexually harassed and refused to pay her wages after he fired her. The lawsuit was settled in May for an undisclosed amount.

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Sexual assault reports against Wynn filed with Vegas police


Two more sexual misconduct allegations were leveled against embattled casino mogul Steve Wynn on Tuesday, when police in Las Vegas revealed they recently received two reports from women saying the billionaire sexually assaulted them in the 1970s.

This was the first admission from police in Las Vegas about reports filed against Wynn since sexual misconduct allegations against him were revealed last month

"In the last couple of weeks, I have found myself the focus of an avalanche of negative publicity," Wynn said in the written statement that announced his resignation last week as chairman and CEO at Wynn Resorts. "As I have reflected upon the environment this has created — one in which a rush to judgment takes precedence over everything else, including the facts — I have reached the conclusion I cannot continue to be effective in my current roles."


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Resources
       Request for Proposal (RFP) Military Family Services                             
                               
Study, analysis and development of gender-based violence (GBV) programs in support of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF)  members and their families study.

Click here to read more.
 
 


Forensic Nursing Experts Diana Faugno and Debra Holbrook



 
 
Ms. Faugno is a Founding Director of EVAWI, as well as a sexual assault forensic examiner at Eisenhower Medical Center in Palm Springs, California. Ms. Holbrook is an Advisory Board member and the Director of Forensic Nursing at Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. 

EVAWI maintains an extensive Resource Library to support criminal justice and community professionals looking to enhance their knowledge and understanding on issues surrounding sexual and domestic violence.

In the library, you can find detailed information on the medical forensic exam and forensic evidence, including the following resources:
  • Forensic Exams for the Sexual Assault Suspect
  • Timelines for Conducting a Forensic Examination: Can Biological Evidence be Collected 24, 48, 72, 96 hours following a sexual assault? 
  • Model Policy on Evidence Retention, Disposition, and/or Removal
Click Here to learn more. 
Training and Workshops
In Person Conferences

 

PATHS Conference Applying Evidence to Prevent Violence will be held May 28-29, 2018 at the Ramada Plaza Regina.  For information regarding the discounted rate for members and students call 306-522-3515.

Registration is now open! Click here to register.
 

 

Data Visulaization WorkShop
 

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June 19th, 2018
8:30-5:00pm
Park Town Hotel 
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Tickets Range from $150-$400
Lunch Included

The workshop will address principles of data visualization, report, and slideshow design that support legibility, comprehension, and retention of our data in the minds of our clients.

Together we will focus on how to make visual sense of data and distribute it in a way that readers will discuss, remember, and love, including dashboards, infographics, and simple interactive games.

Attendees will receive loads of handouts and materials exclusively available to workshop participants that will guide you through the tried-and-true process of developing visuals that teach, engage, and make you look like a rockstar.


For more information or to register, click here.             
 
 

Canadian Domestic Violence Conference


The Canadian Domestic Violence Conference 5 is a national showcase of ground-breaking grassroots initiatives that address intimate partner violence. 

The ultimate goal of this progressive and formative conference is to strengthen and enrich those individuals who confront domestic violence and to challenge the current social determinants of domestic violence.


We're excited to announce a terrific conference program that will include the following:
  • Opening plenary with Dr. Holly Johnson from the University of Ottawa
  • A screening of the documentary film, A Better Man, followed by a discussion featuring the film's co-director, Attiya Khan.
  • A keynote presentation by Dr. Dawn Memee Lavell-Harvard, director of the First Peoples House of Learning at Trent University
  • A closing plenary panel discussion (featuring Dr. Leslie Tutty, Dr. Katreena Scott, Dr. Verona Singer & Dr. Diane Crocker) focused on the official launch of a new book, Innovations in Interventions with Intimate Partner Violence: Research and Practice
  • Three one-day pre-conference workshops to choose from on March 20 & 21
  • And finally, almost 90 concurrent workshops (with over 150 presenters) to enhance your learning and professional development. This is the largest number of workshops in the history of the conference.
Click Here to register and read more. 
 
Web Conferences
What's in a Frame?:
Communicating effectively to get attention for sexual violence prevention

It can be hard to communicate about sexual violence clearly and effectively, and one key fact too often gets lost: sexual violence can be prevented. For the last five years, Berkeley Media Studies Group and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center have partnered to explore what it takes to communicate with different audiences that preventing sexual violence is possible -- and there are tangible steps everyone can take to be a part of the solution. During this web conference we will present a framing brief that highlights key lessons on how to effectively frame prevention; share real-life examples of what's worked and what hasn't; and discuss challenges and opportunities communicating strategically in the current moment.

Click here to read more or to register. 


 

Prevention Town Hall: Advancing primary prevention of
sexual and domestic violence in the era of
#MeToo and #TimesUp




How are you advancing sexual and domestic violence prevention in the era of #MeToo, #TimesUp, and related movements? Join PreventConnect and guests from across the country in a national Prevention Town Hall to explore how current dialogue has impacted prevention work, opportunities to partner with new voices and sectors, and visions for inspiring people to move towards action.

OBJECTIVES:
  • Explore how the national dialogue around sexual harassment and assault has impacted prevention work 
  • Identify new voices and sectors to partner with to advance sexual and domestic violence prevention 
  • Engage in a candid discussion on moving people to action 
Click Here to Read More or to register! 
 
Food for Thought:
             
"The best preperation for tomorrow is doing your best today"
-  H. Jackson Brown Jr. 
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