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November 2017 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 Surveys Have been Launched

 

 
SASS has launched the surveys that will be used to collect date for the Saskatchwan Sexual Violence Action Plan. 

There will be three different surverys. The first survery that can be filled out will be for Sexual Assault Survivors, the second will be for Secondary Survivors of Sexual Assault (Family and friends who have closely supported a survivor of sexual violence.) The third survey will be for Sexual Assault Service Providers.

 The surveys will be disseminated online through SASS website, social media and through our partner organizations ‘websites. Our 10 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 issued with an envelope with pre-paid postage for participants to mail directly to SASS.


To fill out the survey click below. 
Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Survivor Survey
Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Secondary Trauma Survey
Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Service Provider Survey   
Member Agency Updates
Envision First Responder Training


 
Envision will be hosting Sexual Assault & Abuse First Responder training. 

Carlyle: Janury 17 & 18th, 2017 at the Ramada.
Weyburn: January 31 & February 1st at the Captains hall. 

All of the training takes place from 8:30-4:00 for the two days. Each training will be limited to 15 participants.
It is a prepaid registration only, costing $175 per participant. No refunds

If you would like more information or to register you can:
Contact Lori at (306) 842-8821 or email her at  loriw@envisioncounsellingcentre.com

To visit Enivision's website, click here.
 


North East Outreach and Support Services "Breaking Barriers" Conference


WE ARE VERY EXCITED TO BE HOSTING OUR 2ND CONFERENCE!
Please join us on January 16-17, 2018 as we learn how to break down barriers with and for Women, Children and anyone else who is finding themselves in a domestic violence, interpersonal violence or sexualized violence situation.
There will be something for everyone and would like to see Teachers, Counselors, Volunteers, Nurses, Lawyers, Day Home Providers and anyone else who work with vulnerable people. New this year we are going to be having a "Self-Care Trade Fair" at the same time as the conference ..... we believe you need to take care of yourself in order to take care of others!
Registration is $150 and this includes your lunch and snacks. Deadline to Register is January 1st!

To learn more,click here.
 
Featured Member Agency:

Battlefords and Area Sexual Assault Centre
 
It is the belief of the Battlefords & Area Sexual Assault Centre that sexual assault is not an issue of sex, but rather of power and control – an act of violence, not passion.   Victims of sexual assault do not ask to be assaulted and responsibility for the act lies with the offender.

Further, the Centre believes that victims of sexual assault, male or female and of any age, are hurt by these acts whether they occurred recently or long ago.   Not only is the victim affected, but a crisis of this nature encompasses the dynamics of the entire family.   Thus, the Battlefords & Area Sexual Assault Centre believes in providing support, counseling, and information to the victims of sexual assault, their families, and significant others.   Anyone traumatized by sexual assault is entitled to a free and confidential service to assist them to return to a normal lifestyle as soon as possible.

To learn more about the centre, click here.
Sexual Assault Initiatives in Saskatchewan
New Act intended to tackle revenge porn


 
Proposed legislation seeks to reverse onus to make alleged perpetrators prove consent.
 
With so much of our lives moved online, it is no surprise that crime has shifted there too.
 
The provincial government, however, is attempting to tackle one of the thornier issues facing particularly young people. In his speech from the throne, Premier Brad Wall promised to introduce legislation that would allow victims of revenge porn, among others, to take their cases to civil court- particularly smalls claims court- instead of seeking justice in the criminal system. Legislation to that effect was introduced earlier this week.

To read more about this legislation, click here.

 
 

Regina Police Service announces new approach to domestic conflict

 


With domestic violence incidents on the rise in the city, the Regina Police Service and its partners have announced an improved response to the ongoing problem.

City police have noticed an increasing number of police-reported cases of domestic conflict — the term police are now using as it speaks to behaviours beyond the physical violence most commonly associated with “domestic violence.”

In 2012, police responded to about 14 domestic conflict-related calls daily; between 2015 and the first quarter of 2017, that number had risen to 17. In general, city police report they are responding to about a thousand more domestic conflict-related calls per year than they did five years ago.

To read more, click here.
Sexual Assault Initiatives in Canada
 

#MYActionsMatter Campaign Launches the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence

Today, the Honourable Maryam Monsef, Minister of Status of Women, joined players from the Canadian Football League to launch the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. Students at Glebe Collegiate Institute took part in a presentation, delivered by JR Larose and Jamie Taras from the BC Lions, to raise awareness about gender-based violence and the importance of bystander intervention.

Gender-based violence grows out of a culture that devalues women and girls and femininity—through sexist jokes, derogatory language and media messages that objectify women and girls. Despite remaining a significant barrier to gender equality, it is preventable.

During the 16 Days of Activism, the Government of Canada encourages everyone to become an ally in the elimination of gender-based violence by listening to others, believing survivors, speaking up against gender-based violence, safely intervening when witnessing acts of violence, and taking action so we can make our communities safer. As part of this year’s 16 Days campaign, Canadians are invited to take a pledge against gender-based violence and join the conversation online by using the hashtag #MYActionsMatter. This initiative, which builds on this year’s announcement of the first federal strategy to prevent and address gender-based violence, aims to encourage reflection on how everyday sexism and misogyny contribute to violence. From now until December 10, everyone can commit to end gender-based violence by taking the pledge and adding their voice on social media by sharing actions they undertake to end all forms of gender-based violence.

To read more, click here.
 


Nova Scotia now offering free legal advice for sexual assault survivors

 

Free legal advice is now being offered to survivors of sexual assault in Nova Scotia.

The creation of the Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Survivors was announced Friday in Bridgewater, N.S.

The three-year pilot project is receiving $810,000 from the federal government.

We are excited that this service is in place as there is a major need for legal advice and support for survivors of sexualized violence going through the court process,” said Jackie Stevens, executive director of the Avalon Sexual Assault Centre, in a statement.

To read more, click here.

 


 

 


               RCMP seeks to expand third-party reporting for sexual    

                                             assault cases


                              


The RCMP is exploring ways to expand a program that allows victims to report allegations of sexual assault  – and get the help they need – without actually having to go to the police and face their fear of not being believed.

“The RCMP is in the preliminary stages of looking into how third party reporting could be implemented in the wide variety of RCMP-policed environments, where it doesn’t currently exist,” Staff Sgt. Tania Vaughan, a spokeswoman for the federal police force, told The Canadian Press in an email.

“The RCMP is committed to working with interested jurisdictions and communities to explore expanding third party reporting,” she added, repeating a message that Kevin Brosseau, the deputy commissioner of the RCMP, told a gathering of ministers responsible for that status of women last week.

To read more, click here.

 
 

Be More Than A Bystander - Featuring Dr. Jackson Katz


                  

This short video highlights the Be More Than A Bystander Program.

In 2015, the CFL and the Ending Violence Association of Canada embarked on a ground breaking partnership to increase awareness about gender based violence in Canada, provided training to all players, all coaches and all staff of every CFL team about to the CFL’s national policy on preventing and responding to violence against women and providing strategies on how everyone can speak up and break the silence. 

The Be More Than A Bystander program began as a partnership between the BC Lions and the Ending Violence Association of BC that sees sports icons from the BC Lions using their status and public profile to create awareness and urge everyone to "Break the Silence on Violence Against Women."

Six CFL teams have now joined the effort to end gender-based violence. The vast majority of men don’t commit violence, but can make a huge difference by speaking up to minority that do.

To view video, click here.


 
Sexual Assault Initiatives International

TripAdvisor to flag hotels where sexual assault occurred

 
 

Responding to what one travel expert categorized as “a wake-up call,” TripAdvisor has begun placing symbols next to hotels and resorts that have been identified as locations of sexual assault and other major concerns.

Based on news reports as well as comments from the TripAdvisor community, the warnings are designed to identify health, safety and discrimination issues in all of the website’s travel categories, said a company spokesman, Kevin Carter.

“These badges will remain on TripAdvisor for up to three months. However, if the issues persist we may extend the duration of the badge,” he said. “These badges are intended to be informative, not punitive.”

Decisions to add or remove a badge will be made by an employee committee, he said. Listings will not be removed from the TripAdvisor website regardless of the number of complaints. “We want consumers to see good and bad reviews of businesses,” Carter said. Comments from users will continue to be posted on the site.

To read more, click here.

In The News...
Saskatchewan

Sexual harassment victim says faith in truth restored by Sask. labour board decision

A woman who was part of a sexual harassment complaint against former co-workers at Regina's landfill says she moved to a new town because she couldn't stand the anxiety about running into one of the men who harassed her.

Whenever she saw a City of Regina truck, she wondered who was behind the wheel, she says — and whether it was one of the men who harassed her out of a job.

In an October decision, the Saskatchewan Labour Relations Board found three women who worked at the landfill were discriminated against by their union based on their gender after filing sexual harassment complaints against a group of male co-workers.

To read more about this story, click here.

 


Teen Disappointed Brad Wall Used Sex Assault Story As 'Political Whipping Point'


Rylee Schuhmacher was finishing class when a friend told her that Premier Brad Wall was talking about her allegations of sexual assault in the province's legislature.

The University of Saskatchewan student told HuffPost Canada she wasn't given a heads up from the premier's office that her experience — claims that have launched two internal investigations — would be brought up in legislature last week.

It felt like it was a political whipping point rather than something that happened to a real person," Schuhmacher told HuffPost Canada

To rread more about this, click here.


 


 

                     Saskatoon-born actress leaves film and television                                                     industry after alleged sexual harassment 

                                 
                                                        


Kendra Anderson says there is a pervasive culture of sexual harassment in the film and television world and that it needs to stop.

The Saskatoon-born actress has appeared in almost two dozen film and TV projects since 2010, but stepped away from the industry several years ago.

"I realized I wasn't becoming the person I wanted to be," she told CBC Radio's Saskatoon Morning. "I felt like I didn't know how to be that person in this industry."

To read more, click here.

 


 

Former Estevan teacher sentenced for sexual assault

 


A former Estevan high school teacher who used a fake Facebook profile to lure students has been sentenced to five years in jail for sexual assault.

Troy Ruzicka, the former auto body teacher at Estevan Comprehensive School (ECS), pleaded guilty Monday to sexual assault and sexual touching while in a position of trust along with other charges.

Ruzicka, who was accompanied by his mother and sister in court, listened as the Crown outlined the joint proposal with the defence and then read the statement of facts.

Along with details of how Ruzicka used his position at the school to lure students, it was also revealed he did so using a fake Facebook profile — often messaging the students while at school.

To read more, click here.
 

 

                                                                                             Canada

              #MeToo rally in downtown Vancouver highlights issue of sexual                                            assault and harassment


                                              

A rally was held in downtown Vancouver on Saturday morning in support of people who’ve come forward to share their experiences of sexual assault and harassment.

Saturday’s MeToo Rally was inspired by the recent #MeToo hashtag campaign, which saw women post “me too” to their social media pages to highlight the pervasiveness of sexual harassment and violence.

More than 100 people gathered outside the Vancouver Art Gallery as women shared stories of sexual harassment and abuse and called on others to step up and speak out.

To read more, click here.
 



                           Police officers, judges wanted for UPEI study                                                            on dealing with sexual assault cases
    
              

 

A new study at the University of Prince Edward Island is looking for police officers and judges willing to discuss their experiences of dealing with sexual assault cases.

Psychology professor Colleen MacQuarrie told CBC News the study is part of an honours paper by one of her students.

"There is a lack of understanding of how police officers as well as justices carry out their roles," said MacQuarrie.

To read more, click here.


 



             What You Should Know About Violence Against Women,                                                    Because It's Everyone's Problem

                   


Canada has made strides in gender equality, but violence against women remains a serious issue across the country — making events like Women Abuse Prevention Month, observed every November, still necessary.

"An internal Status of Women report issued last year noted that rates of violence against women have not diminished over time, and that gender-based violence remains 'pervasive' in Canada," Huong Pham, executive director at the Assaulted Women's Helpline, tells HuffPost Canada. "Femicide rates are not going down and remain at an average of one woman killed every six days."

To read more, click here.

 

 

                                                                                      International

                      The Hollywood Exec Who Allegedly Groped                                                                  Terry Crews Has Been Identified

                              

On October 10, Terry Crews came forward with a story of a Hollywood executive who groped him at a party. At the time Crews didn’t name who it was — but according to variety he was considering naming names. However, the executive who allegedly groped Terry Crews has just been placed on leave from his job.

Adam Venit, an agent at the William Morris Endeavor agency has been put on leave pending an investigation into the claims. Venit was one of WME’s top agents. He represented Diane Keaton, Vince Vaughn, Eddie Murphy — as well as Dustin Hoffman and Brett Ratner. Both Hoffman and Ratner have been accused of sexual harassment this week.

To read more, click here.


 


                                                Mariah Carey's security gaurd claims she                                                                          sexually  harassed him.

                              

 

Mariah Carey’s former security company has threatened to sue her and the reason is shocking to say the least.

Michael Anello, the guy who owns the security company says the Touch My Body singer is claiming ‘sexual harassment’, reported TMZ.

According to the security guard, who would accompany the singer everywhere, constantly humiliated him in public by referring to him as a Nazi, a skinhead, a KKK member and a white supremacist.

Another shocker – the draft lawsuit which makes allegations of sexual harassment, claims the singer and global music icon, committed “sexual acts with the intent that they be viewed by Anello.”

To read more about this story, click here.                   

                   

Resources
Shelter Safe


ShelterSafe.ca is an online resource to help women and their children seeking safety from violence and abuse. The clickable map will serve as a fast resource to connect women with the nearest shelter that can offer safety, hope and support.

Our objective is to ensure that women can seek safety when they need it. Sheltersafe.ca allows you to quickly identify a shelter in a specific geographic area along with its 24 hour emergency phone number. We want to ensure that women get the services they need as quickly as possible. Abused women are most at-risk of extreme violence when they are preparing to leave an abusive relationship.

To visit shelter safe, click here.

 


Supporting a Survivor of Sexual Violence

 


There are certain times in life when words fail—it’s hard to think of what to say or do. If you receive a disclosure from someone about an incident of sexual violence, it’s completely normal to freeze, to panic, or wish someone else could help in your place.

Often, speaking about what happened is incredibly difficult for the survivor. If they’re telling you, they’re trusting you to help.

Take a deep breath, remain as calm as possible, and remember that the survivor chose you to help them.

To learn what you can do, click here.

 


 

                                       Gender-Neutral Language Sheet
                


To learn more, click here.

 


Prairieaction Foundation

Prairieaction Foundation (PAF) is excited to announce both our CARE Grants and Tri Provincial Research call-outs for November 1st, 2017!
 
PAF is committed to funding research that leads to community awareness related to issues of violence and abuse and is specifically interested in research that engages in solution focused outcomes, leading to better programs to keep our communities safer. Through our CARE Grants we have provided funds that have supported a variety of research projects that have led to solid outcomes in addressing violence and abuse. Please see our website address below for further information on CARE Grants or to apply.
 
Our newest initiative is the Tri-Provincial Research Grants which aims to fund research across all three prairie provinces. At this time, PAF is requesting one Tri-Provincial research project to be conducted in the specific area outlined below:
 
The Intersection between Criminal and Family Court and Children’s Involvement in the Process as it Relates to Intimate Partner Violence.
 
There has been considerable concern regarding children falling through the cracks when families are navigating both the family and criminal courts in matters of intimate or family violence. Navigating two courts is challenging for the families and children are almost always the ones to suffer when there is a delay in proceedings or a lack of information sharing. Children also have little involvement in the process. Prairieaction is calling for research to explore this issue using the below criteria:
 
 
 
· Research must have a qualitative focus with emphasis on understanding the current literature in this area.
 
· PAF is concerned with the impact of the criminal and family courts on children’s safety, protection, and well-being. Research must include:
 
i. An environmental scan of stakeholders connected to topic area.
 
ii. How are children who have been exposed to IPV placed at the centre of planning and involved in the process?
 
iii. The processes for including children in decision making and having their voices heard?
 
iv. What recommendations, if any, that may emerge from the findings of the research.
 
· Must ensure there is a partnership between an academic and/or university and community organizations that have experience/background on this issue.
 
· Identify in-kind contributions and/or donations.
 
· Increased reporting required to the Research Coordinator, CARE Grant Committee as the research progresses.
 
· Funding up to $50,000.
 
If you are interested in either the CARE Grants or the Tri-Provincial Grant opportunities, please see our website for further information and application forms at www.prairieaction.ca.

 
 
PATHS Fall 2017 Newsletter


 
Provincial Associaation of Transition Houses and Services of Saskatchewan has released their Fall 2017 issue of their Newsletter.
To read it click here.

 

STOPS to Violence Bulletin

Saskatchewan Towards Offering Partnership Solutions to Violence has a new eBulletin. To read it, click here.
Training and Workshops
Trauma - Strategies for Resolving the Impact of Post-Traumatic Stress

December 5 & 6, 2017 (9AM - 4PM)
Price:  $445 (regular rate)
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Radisson Hotel


Trainer: Vicki Enns, MMFF, RMFT

 
Description:
The impact of truama can be far reaching and enduring. This workshop provides an overview of the way trauma affects a person through the brain and the nervous system and how it can result in longer term symptoms at physical,psychological, and emotional levels. A framework which describes different stages in the process of regulation and resolving the impact of trauma is reviewed and key principles and strategies that apply to a diverse range of impacts in children, adolescents, and adults are explored. Participants are given an opportunity to understand their own repsonse as helpers to working with trauma and how to be better equipped to their work responding to trauama. 


Target Audience: 
This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for social workers, social service and healthcare professionals, teachers and anyone working with people who have experienced trauma.

Method of Delivery:
Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study review, and small group discussion. 

Learning Objectives:
At the end of this workshop, participants should be able to:
  • Define trauma and understand the possible variations of potential impact.
  • Identify key assessment areas for individuals who have experienced traumatic events.
  • Describe the connection between traumatic experience and post traumatic stress symptoms.
  • Understand the role of the helper in supporting individuals. 
  • Develop a treatment plan for supporting individuals who have experienced trauma.
  • Describe some key strategies and principles for working with people impacted by trauma. 
To learn more, click here



Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Tools for Thinking Differently

December 12, 2017 (9AM - 4PM)
Price: $209.00 (*early rate) $235 (regular rate)

*early rate expires November 21, 2017
Edmonton, Alberta - Holiday Inn Conference Center

Trainer: Danielle Forth, MSc, RPsych


Description: 
Many of the challanges that we experience are based on irrational and unhelpful thought patterns that impact both our feelings and our behaviour. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a time sensitive, structured and present-orientated form of counselling that focuses on problem solving and teaching individuals how to modify these distorted patterns of thinking. CBT is also one of the most well known , researched and oracticed forms of therapy available to us. This workshop provides a strong foundational knowledge of the principles and strategies involved in using CBT. Participants will gain an understanding of which populations tend to benefit the most from CBT, and will be equipped with many strategies and tools that can be practically applied in their work. 

Target Audience:
This is an intermediate level workshop intended for social service and health care professionals, teachers, social workers and anyone wanting to gain increased capacity in counselling skills.

Method of Delivery: 
Lecture, personal refelection, video, case study exercises, skill development and small group discussion. 

Learning Objectives:
At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to:
  • Understand the definitions of CBT and how this model differs from other counselling frameworks.
  • identify which problems are most conductive to and less suitable for CBT.
  • Know how to develop an effective theraputic relationship.
  • Explain and implement a structured assessment and intervention process.
  • Assist clients to identify and challange unhelpful thoughts and beliefs.
  • Practice key behavioural and problem solving interventions with individuals that improve functioning. 
  • Understand the challenges and limitations to using this model. 
For more informaation, click here.
 

Train the Trainer
 

January 11th-12th, 2018 

Price: $200 per person 

Phoenix, Arizona

 
With 2 full days of training, leading national experts will provide training on a number of timely topics, such as the neurobiology of trauma, victim interviewing techniques, false reports, and strategies for identifying and overcoming bias in law investigations and prosecution.
 
Our Train the Trainer program is designed to prepare you to respond effectively to the common questions and challenges that arise when training on sexual assault response and investigation. Participants will return home better equipped with research findings, practitioner experience, and strategic tools.
 
To find out more or register, click here.
 
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.

 
Food for Thought:
    "What we think, we become." 
- Buddha 
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