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December 2017 Newsletter
SASS Updates
Member Agency Events & Updates
Featured Member Agency:
Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Initiatives
Canadian Sexual Assault Initiatives
In the News...
Training & Workshops
SASS Updates
 Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan Research

SASS has started our travels around the province to conduct research for the Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan. SASS will be conducting surveys with survivors of sexual violence and abuse as well as conducting focus groups for service providers of  sexual violence and abuse.

The aim of the research is to gain a better understanding of the existing strengths and potential gaps in service provision as it relates to sexual violence across the province of Saskatchewan.

The research findings will be presented to the Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan Advisory Committee. This committee will develop and implement a province-wide sexual violence action plan that is comprehensive, coordinates across all professional sectors and levels of government, and reflects the needs of Saskatchewan people.

Along with these interviews and focus groups, SASS also has released 3 surverys:

Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Survivor survey: 
Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Secondary Survivor survey:
Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Service Provider Survey:


Saskatchewan  First Responder To Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

Our SASS member agencies have facilitated numerous training session, within their communities in 2017. This training will continue in 2018. To find out future training dates, contact the member agency nearest you. 
Click here, to visit the SASS website to find a complete list of contact information of our member agencies. 
Member Agency Events & Updates
Regina Sexual Assault Centre is offering First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

Through a partnership with Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan, RSAC is offering workshops for those who want a deeper understanding of sexual violence and how they can support those who disclose their experiences.  This program was developed by the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services and offers a comprehensive overview of sexual violence, trauma, the disclosure process and communication skills. 

The next training sessions will be offered the evenings of January 17,18,24 and 25th. 
For more information on this training you can email RSAC at
To visit their website, click here.


Envision Counselling and Support Centre Weyburn Workshop

Weyburn will be hosting monthly afternoon workshops. 
January 26th (12:45PM - 4:30PM): Feelings: Minding your Emotions
February 23rd (12:45PM - 4:30PM): Keeping your Cool: Moving Beyond Anger

To attend these workshops you have to be 18+ and pre-register for them. To pre-register you can call the office at (306) 842-8821
To Visit Envision's website, click here.


North East Outreach and Support Services "Breaking Barriers" 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: 

PARTNERS Family Services

PARTNERS Family Services Inc., formerly known as PARTNERS for Rural Family Support, is a charitable, non-profit organization consisting of concerned individuals working together to identify, develop, improve, and maintain support of families in Humboldt and surrounding rural communities. This grassroots organization originated in 1997, when one of Humboldt’s mental health workers received a phone call from a woman who was looking for a support group for survivors of family violence. Each agency she called told her the closest group was in Saskatoon. 

To read more about PARTNERS, click here.
Sexual Assault Initiatives in Saskatchewan

Legislation in Saskatchewan calls for unpaid leave for domestic violence victims


Saskatchewan has introduced legislation that would give victims of domestic violence 10 days of unpaid leave to seek help or to move.

“We know that Saskatchewan has one of the highest rates of police-reported interpersonal violence across Canada,” Justice Minister Don Morgan said Wednesday.

“As government and other agencies work toward long-term solutions for this issue, survivors need immediate supports to escape dangerous situations.”

Saskatchewan defines interpersonal violence as violence between people who know each other within or outside a family.

To read more, click here.


                      Saskatchewan explores new law that could warn victims of                                                             partners’ violent past


A new law is being explored by the province that, if enacted, could go a long way in protecting those affected by domestic violence.

Since 2014, the Regina Police Service has responded to an increasing number of police-reported cases of domestic violence.

“In 2014, we were responding to about 14 calls of domestic conflict a day and in the last few years. 2015 into the first half of 2017, we’ve seen an increase to about 17 calls a day,” Elizabeth Popowich, spokesperson for the Regina Police Service, said.

But it’s not just Regina. According to Statistics Canada, in 2015, Saskatchewan had the highest rate of police-reported intimate partner violence among the provinces.

To read more, click here.


             Sask. sexual violence survivors to get access to free legal advice



Saskatchewan's sky-high sexual violence rates have prompted the province to seek federal funding to help tackle the issue.

"We're obviously very interested in doing whatever we can to promote access to justice to help victims and survivors deal with the effects of the violence they suffered," said Betty Ann Pottruff, who is the Counsel for Children with the Ministry of Justice.

"We also knew, as everyone does, that Saskatchewan unfortunately has a very high rate of sexual violence."

The province has the highest rates of sexual victimization in Canada, and had double the national rate of family violence in 2015.

Justice Canada granted the province $739,850 for a four-year pilot project titled Legal Advice for Survivors of Sexual Violence.

To read more, click here.


Sexual Assault Initiatives in Canada
UWindsor Bystander Initiative 

The UWindsor Bystander Initiative (BI) is a comprehensive, campus-wide approach to sexual violence prevention. Our approach is unique in Canada, and the BI continues to be recognised for leadership in this field.

The BI is designed to produce a series of small but persistent changes in students’ thinking and behaviour. Over time, our goal is to shift the campus climate, to build a community that looks out for each other and does not tolerate sexual violence. We do this by training students to speak up against rape myths, support victim-survivors and to safely intervene to stop sexual assault before it happens. Everyone can be part of this effort!

To read more about UWindsor Bystander Initiative, click here.



                     RCMP announces actions to strengthen sexual assault                                              investigations and victim support


The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) today announced the results of its unfounded sexual assault file review, and outlined actions the organization is taking to strengthen sexual assault investigations, oversight and victim support.

Earlier this year, the RCMP began a review of all unfounded sexual assault files from 2016. The RCMP created a team in Ottawa to review divisional files, assess all aspects of sexual assault investigations, consult with external stakeholders, partners and experts, and provide direction on how to improve RCMP investigations into these serious crimes.

The culmination of this review, The Way Forward: The RCMP's Sexual Assault Review and Victim Support Action Plan, can be found at

To read more, click here.



                                ON THE FRONT LINES OF UNFOUNDED


The trauma expert leading specialized sexual-assault training. The advocate pushing groundbreaking police oversight. The government lawyer who made that change possible, and the senior police officers who embraced it.

These are among the people who have been on the front lines of the sexual-assault policing reforms happening across the country in response to The Globe and Mail’s Unfounded investigation, which in February revealed that Canadian law enforcement has been dismissing sexual-assault allegations at a rate much higher than for other crimes. Through hundreds of Freedom of Information requests, it was determined that police were closing one out of every five sexual-assault files as “unfounded,” a term that means the investigating officer does not believe a crime occurred – nearly double the rate for physical assault.

To read more, click here.


In The News...

Woman says she was raped in university dorm and frequently sees her alleged attacker on campus


Jessica sees him almost every day in the library, the dining hall, and the hallways of the dorm. She says she shouldn't have to face those constant reminders of the man she says raped her.

Jessica says she lives with constant angst since she was allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted on Sept. 29.

"I was sexually assaulted in the residence I live in actually and it was on campus," she said, adding she believes her drink was laced with an illicit substance. CBC has agreed to not identify her, because of the nature of the allegations.

To read more, click here.


                         Regina police investigating after man convicted of sex                                                               assault appears on dating app   



Regina Police are investigating after a violent sexual offender recently appeared on Tinder, a popular dating app.

While police say it’s unclear if 30-year-old Phillip Levac created the profile himself, they are looking into whether or not it’s a breach of his conditions.

“If through investigation, we can determine an offence has occurred, a breach, then the appropriate charges can be laid,” Elizabeth Popowich, Regina Police Service spokesperson said.

To read more, click here.



                    Victim says police not doing enough to find convicted rapist                                                   who vanished before sentencing


After the man convicted of raping her vanished, the victim says police in Saskatoon have done little to find him despite leads suggesting he is still in Canada.

"I'm not waiting for a phone call I'm never going to get," said the woman CBC News is calling Sarah, to protect her identity.

Sarah was raped for hours at the University of Saskatchewan's McEown Park dormitory in the early hours of New Year's Day 2012. She's not sure exactly how many attackers there were but DNA testing detected the presence of semen from two men.

Timloh "Butchang" Nkem was arrested, charged and convicted of sexual assault but never showed up for sentencing and hasn't been seen since.

To read more, click here.


                     Sexual harassment named Canadian Press News Story of the Year


The public conversation on sexual harrassment and assault sparked by the allegations against Hollywood giant Harvey Weinstein and the #metoo hashtag that saw Canadians of all walks of life share stories of misconduct has been selected as Canada’s News Story of the Year for 2017.

The Canadian Press annual survey of news editors and reporters from across the country saw 23 out of 80 votes cast for sexual harassment as the most compelling story of the year, with the ongoing fentanyl crisis coming in second with 18 votes.

“No other story this year seems to permeate everyday life for men and women across the social spectrum,” said Joshua Freeman, web journalist for the Toronto TV station CP24.

“It cuts to the way that men and women interact with one another on a daily basis and raises questions about how far we think we’ve come versus where we actually are when it comes to sexism, professionalism, and our ability to navigate our own sexual impulses with maturity,” he said.

To read more, click here.


       5 years of sexual abuse, and then a long wait  for justice


She was just four years old when it began. He was a friend of her mother's and had started coming around more and more, offering to help around the house.

She describes the first time she met him as "normal." It was around Halloween and he had brought a pumpkin for her and her sister to carve. The second time was different.  

"He wanted to tell me a secret, and that secret that he wanted to tell me was like he liked little girls, like how I was at the time," says the Halifax girl, who is now 17. "But he didn't like big girls, like how my sister, eight years older than me, was."

To read more, click here.



Sex assault victims billed for rape kits will be reimbursed


Dozens of sexual assault survivors were improperly billed for their rape exams by a New York City hospital, the state's attorney general said Tuesday.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that under an agreement with his office, the Brooklyn Hospital Center will reimburse patients who paid out of pocket for a rape kit and will inform rape survivors going forward that under a 2005 New York state law the rape kits can be billed to the state's Office of Victim Services.

Schneiderman said he has also sent letters to 10 other hospitals throughout the state seeking information on how they bill sexual assault survivors and hopes the agreement with Brooklyn Hospital will serve as a model.

"These kits are used on what is undoubtedly one of the worst days of a survivor's life," Schneiderman said. "The absolute last thing they should have to worry about is how they'll pay for their care at the hospital. But we have found contrary to law that way too often they do have to worry."

To read more, click here.


                        Former USA Gymnastics doctor pleads guilty to sexual                                                                     assault in third case


A disgraced Michigan sports doctor who admits he sexually assaulted female gymnasts and possessed child abuse images pleaded guilty on Wednesday in a third criminal case, acknowledging that he molested girls who sought treatment for injuries.

Larry Nassar, who worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics, said he molested girls with his hands at Twistars gymnastics club in Eaton County, near Lansing. A week ago, he made a separate but similar guilty plea nearby in Ingham County, the home of his campus clinic.

“Guilty, your honor,” Nassar told a judge in response to charges involving a girl under 13 and two teenagers at Twistars, where gymnasts with hip and back injuries sought his help. Nassar, 54, has dropped his claim that he was performing legitimate treatment.

To read more, click here.


          Time Names 'The Silence Breakers' As 2017 Person Of The Year



Time’s 2017 Person of the Year is The Silence Breakers, what the magazine refers to as “the individuals who set off a national reckoning over the prevelence of sexual harrassment.”

The cover image accompanying the story features actress Ashley Judd, Taylor Swift and former Uber engineer Susan Fowler, who have all spoken out against various forms of sexual misconduct. It also highlights the plight of sexual harassment among people who don’t have as large of an audience by featuring Isabel Pascual, a woman from Mexico who works picking strawberries, and Adama Iwu, a corporate lobbyist in Sacramento.

“The galvanizing actions of the women on our cover ... along with those of hundreds of others, and of many men as well, have unleashed one of the highest-velocity shifts in our culture since the 1960s,” the magazine’s editor-in-chief Edward Felsenthal said in a statement.

To read more, click here.

Odin Books Mental Health and Educational Resources

ODIN BOOKS 1993 Inc. is an independently owned, specialty bookstore. We provide mental health , education, and psychology-based resources to communities, organizations, schools, and individuals. We also carry and sell course-specific textbooks for local schools and training organizations.

ODIN BOOKS have resources that teach about Autism, Anxiety, Deppression, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, PTSD, ADHD, Addictions, etc. 

To learn more, click here.


Crisis Trauma Resource Insititue

To learn more, click here.

Preventing Gender-Based Violence: The Health Perspective
 Teen/Youth Dating Violence Prevention

The Public Health Agency of Canada is pleased to invite eligible organizations to submit a “Letter of Intent” (LOI) for programs and initiatives to prevent teen/youth dating violence in Canada. This Call for Proposals will support projects that deliver and test promising programs, and/or improve the capacity of organizations and service providers to deliver effective programming.
For further information and details about applying for funding, please visit: If you have any questions regarding the call for proposals please send your inquiries to

The Muttart Foundation
The Muttart Foundation has two bursary programs open to registered charities working in the social service and early childhood education and care fields. 

This bursary program allows charities to apply for funding to allow their staff members to attend courses offered through publicly funded educational institutions or non-profit organizations.  We sometimes look at providing support to allow staff members to attend conferences that relate to their work at the organization.

In the past, we've provided funding to allow individuals to obtain computer training, management training, take part in leadership programs, and courses that allow them to brush up on their knowledge and skills to better serve their clients.  I've attached a link to our bursary application form if you are interested in applying.  Should you have further questions about our bursary programs, please feel free to contact me at the numbers below.  I would be happy to talk to you about a potential course you may be interested in attending or help walk you through our bursary application form.  I would suggest you call me before you fill in the application form to ensure that your organization and the course you are applying for are a fit within our guidelines. 

To apply and learn more, click here.
Training and Workshops
In Person Conferences
Trian 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.

Vicarious Trauma - Strategies for Resilience

February 28th, 2018 (9AM - 4PM)
Price: $209.00 (*early rate) $235 (regular rate)

*Early rate expires February  07, 2018
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Radisson Hotel 

Trainer: Trish Harper, MSW, RSW


Helpers regularily encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through expereinces of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. The toll of witnessing intense human experiences and emotions can contribute to a negative transformation of the helper's own sense of safety, and of being competent and purposeful. This workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to examine their own experience and become aware of the signs of both vicarious trauma and vicarious growth. Participants will develop a personalized plan to repair negative effects as well as accelerate their resilience. 

Target Audience:

This is an introductory-intermediate level workshop intended for Social Workers, social service and health care professionals, teachers, and anyone working in the helping profession. 

Method of Delivery:

Lecture, personal reflection, video, case study exercises, skill development and small group discussions. 

Learning Objectives: 

At the end of this workshop participants should be able to:
  • Describe the process of vicarious impact on a helper from working with trauma.
  • Distinguish between the concepts of secondary stress, vicarious trauma and vicarious resilience.
  • Identify key vulnerabilities and strengths in one;s own practice as a helper.
  • List strategies for the transformation of vicarious impact into resilience.
For more information or to register for this course, 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.


To register or learn more, click here.

Building and Empowering Your Staff to Increase Your Agency's Organizational Capacity

January 24, 2018 -
1:30pm to 3:00pm

This webinar will provide an overview for Executive Directors and management staff on how to empower and motivate your staff to be invested in your agency’s success along with building your overall organizational capacity and sustainability. The webinar will address how to conduct an organizational assessment of your personnel management needs and provide recommendations for supervision, staff orientation, staff development, succession planning, training, workplans, and performance evaluations.
Workshop Objectives: 
  • Participants will learn how to assess their organization’s current personnel management needs. 
  • Participants will learn how to develop staff workplans and succession plans for their organization. 
  • Participants will increase their knowledge on staff supervision, training, and performance reviews 
To learn more or to register, click here.

Food for Thought:
"The best preperation for tomorrow is doing your best today"
-  H. Jackson Brown Jr. 
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