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June 2017 

1. SASS Updates
2. Member Agency Events & Updates
4. Featured Member Agency: Piwapan Women's Centre
5. Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Initiatives

6. Canadian Sexual Assault Initiatives
7. In the News...
8. Resources
9. Training & Workshops
First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training Complete

May 29- June 2, 2017

Representatives from our 10 member agencies have successfully completed the "Train the Trainer", First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training which was held in Saskatoon May 29- June 2, 2017.
SASS is working together in partnership with AASAS to deliver the training to service providers and community members from across the province. SASS will be available as a resource and provide supports to our member agencies. 
For more information or to find a training, contact your local member agency in your area:



Piwapan's Women's Centre
2nd Annual Walk-A-Mile In Her Shoes


July 15, 2017

  Piwapan's Women's Centre invites you and members of your organization to participate in the "Walk-A-Mile" event. By participating, you will be making a public statement of support for women and children who have been victims of domestic and sexualized violence. Men who participate in the walk will do so in 4’’ red high heels to show their support.
We will provide the shoes for the men in sizes 7-15 (men’s sizes), but please remember to wear socks!
To register you can contact Piwapan Women's Centre at (306)-425-3910 or you can email or


Click here for more information

Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information


Program Update

Our Annual Report is available online. Check it out for a comprehensive update on our hard work in fiscal 2016-17! 

Group counselling sessions will NOT run through July and August. The last group session will be June 29 and sessions will resume again on Thursday, September 14. As always, our counsellors are available for individual counselling sessions all summer. 

Crisis Line training will take place in September/October. Visit our website for more information

SSAIC will not be sending out newsletters for the months of July or August (though you may get a notice or two about the upcoming Luncheon En Vogue! Tickets are available at a discounted price until July 31).  For more information, click here.

Enjoy the summer and we will be back in regular contact come September!

Piwapan Women's Centre
Womens Shelter


Shelter Staff are available 24/7 and will provide support and assistance with everything you need to get re-established... personalized safety plans, assistance finding new living accomodations, applying for finincial support, referrals to legal & medical services, assistance with job search and transportation to and from appointments.


1-306-425-4090 The Crisis Line provides help for both men and women who are in crisis; through referrals, support and information sharing. (Collect calls will be accepted)



The Outreach Program provides help for both men and women over the age of 16 seeking support, advocacy, referrals, and educational programming.



We offer individual and group support networking, advocacy, education, sharing circles and activities for survivors of sexual assault.



Group programs are held on Monday to Thursday Afternoon's from 1:30 - 3:30 PM.


Saskatchewan First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

SASS has received the funding from the Measures to Enhance Criminal Justice System Responses to Adult Sexual Assault in Canada call. The project is titled “Saskatchewan First Responder Training”. 

This training is intended to build the capacity of professions, paraprofessionals and community members to asses and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Survivors who receive safe and supportive responses to disclosures of sexual violence are more likely to reach out for help from medical and counselling services and /or report to police. First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training is comprehensive two day training, inclusive of the full continuum of sexual violence and across the lifespan.

SASS organized a five day training event in which two members of each of our 10 member agencies attended 2 days the First Responder training and 3 days of “train the trainer” program. This was held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Our member agencies will provide the two day training within their respective organizations and communities. The First Responder "train the trainer" program will create partnerships with the member agencies and the communities across the province. The member agencies and their communities will learn and develop proven methods of delivery. This training will be a continual, sustainable cycle.

These future training events will be administered on a break-even basis. No further cost will be incurred. The First Responder "train the trainer" program will create partnerships with the member agencies and the communities across the province. The member agencies and their communities will learn and develop proven methods of delivery. This training will be a continual, sustainable cycle.”


People fleeing domestic violence get chance to end leases in Saskatchewan

CTV News Regina

REGINA -- Domestic violence victims in Saskatchewan will be able to break a lease early and without penalty if they're trying to escape an abusive relationship.

The Saskatchewan government has passed legislation allowing a tenant to end a rental agreement with 28 days notice if they or their family members are being abused by another resident or former resident.

Justice Minister Gordon Wyant says having signed a year-long lease will no longer factor into someone's decision to leave.
New Democrat Nicole Sarauer suggested the legislative change last June as a way for the province to quickly help domestic violence victims.

Click here to view the full article.




Liberals expand sexual assault laws, clarifying rules around consent

National Post


The federal government has introduced legislation to clarify and expand the sexual assault provisions in the Criminal Code, clearing up issues of consent and the use of a complainant’s past sexual history at a trial.

It marks the first significant reform to Canada’s sexual assault laws since 1992, when Canada’s rape shield law — first enacted in 1983, but later struck down as unconstitutional — was amended and re-established. This new round of changes will catch the laws up to precedents established years ago by the Supreme Court.

Bill C-51, introduced by Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould, contains a large update to the Criminal Code that also repeals various obsolete, irrelevant or unconstitutional sections.

Around issues of consent, the legislation is largely codifying previous court decisions to ensure consistency across trial courts.

It clarifies that a person is incapable of consenting while unconscious (so that ongoing, conscious consent is required while the sexual activity is occurring). Other determinations courts may have to make around capacity to consent – for example, if a person is intoxicated – are not addressed in the update.

It also makes clear that the defense of mistakenly believing one had consent is not available if it’s a case of simply not knowing the law on consent.

The bill expands what’s known as “rape shield” provisions so that they specifically prevent a complainant’s past sexual history from being used in a trial to suggest the complainant was either more likely to have consented, or is less believable. The expanded provisions will include communications of a sexual nature, such as text messages.

A complainant must also now be informed they have a right to legal representation during rape shield proceedings.

Click here to view the full article.

British Columbia

KPU Releases Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy

The Runner

As mandated by the provincial government, Kwantlen Polytechnic University published an official sexual violence and misconduct policy for all members of the university community in late April.

The document is designed to "support the University's commitment to establishing a safe and respectful learning and working environment", taking into account the existence, prevention and response to sexual misconduct on- campus or online, if relevant to university business.

Students employees and board members are all included within the scope of the policy, which focuses heabily on how cases will be handled by the university, and also how to prevent them. There are nine principles that guide it, many of which place and unprecedented amount of responsibility on KPU. 

For instance, campuses must be an environment where "Sexual Violence and Misconduct is not tolerated, and where members of the university community feel safe to report possible violations of this Policy."
That includes providing support services and confidentiality for survivors and respondents in a timely manner, conducting fair investigations of violations of the policy, investing in “ongoing sexual violence education, awareness and prevention programming” that is inclusive, and reviewing the policy once every three years—or at the will of the Minister of Advanced Education—including consultations with students and employees.

Click here to view the full article.



cantech letter


OTTAWA, Ontario–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With the shared vision of creating technology that makes campuses and communities safer, RallyEngine Inc. today announced plans to partner with US-based nonprofit Callisto to bring its ground-breaking sexual assault reporting service to Canada.

“We envision a world where sexual assault is rare and survivors receive the support they need,” said Callisto founder and CEO Jessica Ladd, whose 2016 TED Talk has been watched millions of times. “RallyEngine embraced our survivor-centred system and we are thrilled that their innovative package will help advance this mission across Canada.”

Powered by Callisto, RallyEngine SafeSpace™ is a secure, third-party information escrow service that provides a documentation and reporting tool with three options for survivors: to record sexual assault, to report electronically to authorities, and to only report if the perpetrator is identified by another user.

It is estimated that between 15% to 25% of North American college and university-aged women will experience some form of sexual assault during their academic career. And the reporting rate for sexual violence in Canada is lower than any other crime, ranging between 3 to 8 per cent. “The incidents are there but the reporting needs to catch up,” said Debra Tomlinson, CEO of the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services. “Dispelling the myths around sexual violence will help encourage more women to speak out, and providing a safe space to do it will hopefully increase those low numbers.”

End-users will be able to access SafeSpace online and as part of their campus’s RallyEngine-powered mobile safety app for real-time alerting/rallying, tipline, work/study-alone, and more.


Click here to view the full article.

Project Soundcheck: N.B. festivals training staff on how to prevent sexual assault

CTV News Atlantic



As music festival season approaches, some organizers in New Brunswick are ensuring staff and volunteers know what to look for to determine whether a sexual assault is taking place at their event, and how to intervene if it does.

Project Soundcheck was created as a result of research conducted by an Ottawa doctor, who found that large events in the nation’s capital often draw unwanted behaviour.

“It was found that, of people presenting themselves to emergency rooms having been sexually assaulted, one out of every four, the sexual assault occurred at some sort of large event,” says Carly Furlong, a registered social worker in Fredericton.

The majority were young women, a third of which did not know their assaulter.

“Growing up on this side of the general line, I certainly understand rape culture,” says Sarah McAdam, organizer of Freedom Fest in the Field. “I have been in my own experiences where I could have used somebody helping me out, and having more people be trained in this is just better for me, it’s better for you, it’s better for everyone.”

When McAdam heard about Project Soundcheck, she knew she wanted her staff to be trained ahead of the music festival, which is set to take place in Harvey, N.B. in August.

“Every music festival, every event, everything with more than 50 people at it, if you’re having a big house party, consider getting this training,” advises McAdam.

She brought the idea to the Fredericton Sexual Assault Crisis Centre, which is now training staff at the Folly Fest, Future Forest, Freedom Fest and Evolve festivals.

Click here to view the full article.




Kohl Alexander Elder pleads guilty to sexual assault of a teenage girl

  Regina Leader Post

A young woman who went to buy a cellphone and ended up kidnapped and sexually assaulted addressed her attacker in a Regina courtroom on Friday.

Through tears, she told her story of survival, as Kohl Alexander Elder watched her, straight-faced.

“How does it feel to have raped someone?” asked the woman, whose name is protected by a court-ordered publication ban.

“How does it feel to have a girl one-third of the size of you unconscious in the trunk, lying there because of you strangling her? I knew I wasn’t going to die that night. I had more to life than this was and you weren’t taking away that chance.

“When I woke up in that trunk my tongue swollen, my head throbbing, my privates aching and my clothes half off, I was grateful. Not for what had happened, but to have still been breathing.

“People talk about rape all the time. You either keep it to yourself and let it sit from the inside, or you tell someone about it and let the person who did it suffer. That’s what I want you to do: Sit there and think about how you made me feel.”

Elder, 21, pleaded guilty to four charges: robbery with a weapon, uttering threats, unlawful confinement and sexual assault. All took place on Oct. 13, 2015.

Click here to view the full article.



Regina man pleads guilty to vicious alleyway sexual assault

Regina Leader Post


Raped by an HIV-positive stranger in an alley behind the Hotel Saskatchewan, a young woman told court Thursday of her harrowing ordeal in a powerful impact statement, saying: “I felt like I was leaving this earth forever.”

Kenton Arnold Desjarlais, 26, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault over the May 16, 2015 attack. Justice Brian Barrington-Foote adjourned sentencing until July 6, to allow for preparation of a pre-sentence report.

Click here to view the full article.


Jailing a sex assault victim: This is not what justice should look like

The Globe and Mail


Popular understandings of sexual assault reflect the shattering impact it can have on the lives of victims. They also reflect the public's trust in the criminal justice system and sensitive treatment for the victim. Indeed, victims involve the criminal justice system with the hope that they will be believed, supported and protected from further victimization.

Standing in stark contrast to this is the experience of a 27-year old woman who was violently attacked, held against her will and sexually assaulted in Edmonton in 2014. At the court hearing a year later, the victim was jailed for five days to ensure she would testify against the accused. For at least two days, she testified in leg shackles. When she asked to be released to her mother's home, a judge said no. Over the course of her detainment, she was driven to court in the same van as her assailant at least twice.


Of note, this survivor of violence was young, Indigenous and living without housing at the time of her assault.

"She was the victim of a horrific crime," Alberta Justice Minister Kathleen Ganley said of the young woman. "One of the questions that keeps me up at night is whether it would have been the case, that if this woman was Caucasian, and housed, and not addicted, whether this would have happened to her."

We continue to live in a culture that seems to differentiate between so-called "good women" who can be violated, and "bad women" who cannot. Being a "good woman" is an unspoken pressure, based on a social script that expects women to be pure, weak and chaste. This is a standard that few of us could reach today, particularly under the scrutiny of the courts. But more, this script stands in contrast to false yet continued stereotypes about poor, street-involved or Indigenous women.

Click here to view the full article.

Quebec court finds former coach guilty of 37 sex-related charges connected to 9 girls

CBC News


Calling him a "predator" who had total control over the girls and young women he was coaching, a judge has found former Canadian women's ski coach Bertrand Charest guilty of 37 criminal charges, including sexual assault and sexual exploitation.

Quebec court Judge Sylvain Lépine read his ruling Thursday morning in a packed courtroom in Saint-Jérôme, north of Montreal.

Several of the women who testified against Charest, 52, were in the courtroom to hear the decision. The incidents occurred 20 years ago.

Lépine said there was, without question, an imbalance of power between Charest and the complainants.
"The accused had total control — emotionally, athletically and psychologically — over all of the complainants," the judge said.

Charest was facing charges including sexual assault and breach of trust in connection with 12 complainants, who were between ages of 12 and 19 at the time of the incidents.

He was convicted of charges relating to nine of those complainants.

Charest was asked to stand in the prisoner's box as Lépine read out his decision.

Click here to view the full article.


Judge declares mistrial in Cosby sexual assault case

CTV News


NORRISTOWN, Pa. -- Bill Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges ended in a mistrial Saturday after jurors failed to reach a unanimous decision in a case that nevertheless helped destroy the 79-year-old comedian's image as "America's Dad."

Prosecutors vowed to try again, declaring the woman who accuses Cosby of drugging and molesting her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004 is "entitled to a verdict."

The jury deliberated more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn't agree on whether "The Cosby Show" star sexually violated Canadian Andrea Constand after giving her pills that left her woozy and unable to say no or fight back. The judge then declared a mistrial.

Cosby's team declared victory and went on the attack.
"Mr. Cosby's power is back. It has been restored," said Andrew Wyatt, his spokesman.

Cosby himself didn't comment. He remained stoic as the judge declared a mistrial, while Constand doled out hugs to her mother, prosecutors and some of the other women who say the TV star drugged and abused them.

Steele said he's disappointed the jury was unable to agree on the charges, but vowed to put Cosby on trial again.

Constand "has shown such courage through this, and we are in awe of what she has done," Steele said. "She's entitled to a verdict in this case."

In a statement, her lawyers thanked the prosecution for taking her case and said the trial had "given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced."

Click here to view the full article.


Man wanted on Canada-wide warrant for impersonating police officer, sexual assault

Global News


Days after police in the Greater Toronto Area said they were looking for a man who they say posed as an officer and sexually assaulted a woman, a Canada-wide warrant has been issued for a 33-year-old B.C. suspect.

York Regional Police said investigators believe the suspect may have committed similar offences in other provinces.

Police said that on June 8 at around 8 p.m., a man met an 18-year-old female escort after making arrangements to meet at a hotel near Interchange Way and Highway 7, near Highways 400 and 407.


Investigators said the man told the woman he was a police officer and showed what he called a warrant before he allegedly sexually assaulted her. The man later drove away after taking an undisclosed amount of money.

Police described the man as being between 28- and 35-years-old, six feet tall and having a thin build, brown eyes and long, black wavy hair.

Last week Calgary police released photos of a man they believe has been impersonating an officer in order to rob women after contacting them online.


Police said Asif Choudhry, who is also known as Brandon, of Sechelt, B.C., is wanted for sexual assault with a firearm, forcible confinement, robbery with a firearm and impersonation of a police officer.

Officers said Choudhry should be considered armed and dangerous.

If he is found, residents are being encouraged to immediately call 911. Anyone with information about the incidents is being asked to call York Regional Police at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 6800 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-8477.

Click here to view the full article.



As part of the new Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples program, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) is launching a call for proposals for projects that will support organizations delivering a broad range of programs and services to urban Indigenous peoples.

Project funding will be broad enough to provide the flexibility to address a wide range of locally-identified issues, provided that they are not already funded or eligible to be funded by other federal departments.

Project funding is available for up to five years under the following six key areas:

  1. women (such as projects to help women transition out of shelters)
  2. vulnerable populations (such as projects for persons with addictions, disabilities, seniors)
  3. youth (such as projects that provide land-based activities, mentoring)
  4. transition services (such as navigator services)
  5. outreach programs (such as cultural awareness training for non-Indigenous organizations)
  6. community wellness (such as housing plans or studies, anti-racism, pre employment supports)

Who can apply?

  • Indigenous organizations
  • municipal governments
  • health authorities and institutions
  • education authorities and institutions, such as school boards, foundations and associations
  • non-Indigenous organizations

All non-Indigenous organizations, including municipal governments, health and education authorities and institutions, require demonstrated support from Indigenous organizations or Indigenous community groups to be eligible for funding.

If you are a Friendship Centre, please contact the National Association of Friendship Centres.


The deadline to submit a proposal is July 4, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST).

How to apply?

  1. Consult the Terms and Conditions before filling out an application so you can review additional requirements
  2. Complete the 2017-2018 Urban Programming for Indigenous Peoples Programs and Services Application Template  (PDF, 249 Kb, 1 page).
  3. Develop a budget and monthly cash flow.
  4. Email your proposal and all required attachments to

The proposal should not be more than 10 pages, excluding supporting documents.

INAC reviews and approves proposals. All proposals are assessed by these criteria.

Incomplete proposals will not be considered.

Contact us



Kinley's Microphone video could be used in classrooms to talk about sexual assault

CBC News

  P.E.I.'s youth engagement working group hopes the music of Island singer-songwriter Kinley can be used to help talk to teenagers about consent.
Kinley released the video for her song Microphone earlier this month, in which she tells the story of how she was sexually assaulted after her prom 15 years ago. The song earned Kinley a Music P.E.I. award this year.
And now the youth engagement working group with the premier's action committee on family violence prevention wants to see the music video used as a classroom resource for Grade 9 students.

Click here to view the full article.

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Saskatchewan Towards Offering Partnership STOPS logoSolutions to Violence
Electronic Bulletin June 9, 2017
Kids Matter is now taking requests for summer presentations throughout the province and we would love to visit your community! Kids Matter teaches children ages 5-12, using puppets and interactive activities, providing important information about violence prevention and personal safety in an entertaining and child-centered way. 
Find out more here and book your presentation today! Spots are filling up fast.
To view the full Electronic Bulletin click here
In Person Conferences

Hosted by:


  2017 “THRIVE“
Thursday, July 6, 2017
A Full Day Conference in Ottawa

Dr. Adele Diamond
Canada Research Chair Tier 1
Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
"...a markedly different perspective from
Adele will speak on:
  • The role of early adverse experiences (including childhood trauma) and unresolved grief in a host of health problems (mental as well as physical) and social problems including depression, anxiety, suicide, heart disease, immune disorders, lung disease, obesity, addictions, homelessness, chronic unemployment, and more.  
  • The childhood origins of adult disease and how stress a parent experiences early in his or her life can negatively affect that person’s children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. 
  • What can be done to head off children experiencing adverse events, to mitigate the effects of stressors in children’s lives and in their parents’ lives, and to help people thrive despite having experienced trauma earlier in life. 
  • AND, critically, how prefrontal cortex and executive functions are especially negatively impacted by trauma and early adverse experiences,  
  • AND how executive functions can be of such great help in recovering from stressful and traumatic experiences. 

 Details & Registration

Save $50 - Bring a friend  Register
Save 10% - 3 or 4 People  Email for form
Save 15% - 5 to 9 people  Email for form  
Save 25% - Group of 10 or more Email for form
Professional Associations. Ask about a blanket discount for your professional association, network or agency. Save 10 to 25%.
Email regehr@cast-canada for details.

“We heard Adele speak for an hour once and talked about it for days!  She has fabulous new information that is inspiring and helpful.”




the LINK Conference
Exploring the Relationship between Animal Abuse and Interpersonal Violence

September 21- 22, 2017
Regina, Saskatchewan


Canadian Domestic Homicide Prevention Conference

October 18- 19, 2017
London, Ontario

The rate of domestic homicide is eight times higher for Indigenous women compared to non-Indigenous women in Canada. This conference on domestic violence and homicide will focus on risk assessment, risk management and safety planning strategies in Indigenous populations.
For more information or to register, click here


2017 MMFC Workshop

Abuse of Older Women: Strategies for a Community- based Approach


Save the Date:
November 30th- December 1st 2017
Wu Conference Centre, UNB

Keynote Speakers
Marie Beaulieu, Ph.D., Research Chair on the Mistreatment of Older Adults, Universitè de Sherbrooke
"Advances in the Prevention, Detection and Intervention of the Abuse of Older Adults" 

Janice Abbott
, Atira Women's Resource Society, BC
"Promising Practices across Canada for Housing Women who are Older and Fleeing Abuse."

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.

“We cannot hold a torch to brighten another's path without brightening our own.”
―Ben Sweetland

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