1. SASS Updates 2. Sexual Assault Initiatives in Canada 3. Sexual Assault Initiatives International
4. In the News... 5. Training and Workshops
Regina, SK - SASS is fortunate to have our first summer student through the Service Canada Youth Programme. Somiya Tabassum started June 7th, 2016 and will be with us until August 23rd, 2016. She is updating our website, creating our newsletter, and enhancing our resources. Somiya's skills, talents and ever present sunshine attitude are a wonderful addition to our office!
After 5 years with SASS, our Executive Director Dianna Graves, will be leaving at the end of August 2016. It is with great sadness we see her go and thank her for all her work in enhancing SASS as well as her dedication to breaking the silence on sexual violence in Saskatchewan.
Dianna is moving to Ontario in early September and encourages everyone to phone or visit in August for a farewell conversation and connection.
"These past 5 years have gone by so quickly and I feel very blessed for the opportunity to serve the people across Saskatchewan alongside our 10 dedicated member agencies. SASS has grown into a strong leadership organization and I am excited for its future in which the new ED will continue to connect with our partners and members to bring awareness and education throughout the province to stop the culture of sexual violence." ~ Dianna Graves
SASS Completes Status of Women Project
Regina, SK - June 30 saw the completion of our 2 year Status of Women funded project in which we were grateful for the dual opportunity to connect with our Northern communities as well as to create the Western Canadian Sexual Assault Initiative. In Saskatchewan, we travelled north to 10 communities and gathered information to create a formal Needs-Assessment report on sexual assault in rural and remote areas of the province. This assessment will inform our work on a future provincial strategic action plan that will address how Saskatchewan will reduce its rates so as not to be one of the provinces with the highest rates of assault.
Western Canada Sexual Assault Initiative
The second part of the project was the creation of Western Canada Sexual Assault Initiative with the 4 provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Each leading sexual assault organization met and collaborated to ensure consistent and improved responses to sexual assault and violence across the four western provinces.
In response to the need to foster a national voice for sexual assault we also formed the Ending Violence Association of Canada (EVA CAN). EVA CAN's purpose is to bring together all of the sectors involved in the array of anti-violence issues for national dialogue and action, for collaboration across provinces and territories to develop comprehensive and coordinated responses, for developing and sharing information and best practices, promoting safety of workers in the field, and creating more effective gateways to services.
Victoria, BC - Project Respect is an initiative designed by youth and adults who are working together to create awareness and dialogue about sexualized violence. By understanding the root causes of sexual violence such as gender expectations, stereotypes and imbalances and abuse of power, they intend to create a healthier and safer world.
The "Hollaback" campaign is one of the many campaigns launched in Victoria, BC by Project Respect. It is an online space for people to share their stories of street harassment and join the movement to end street harassment backed by a network of activists around the world.
Clickhereto view more of Project Respect campaigns.
Draw the Line Campaign
Toronto, ON - "You hear your boss tell a co-worker how great her legs look in a skirt. Do you go back to your desk?" "Draw the Line" is an interactive, sexual violence prevention campaign produced by the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres (OCRCC). It challenges you to engage in a dialogue about sexual violence. Everything from sexist jokes, to stalking, harassment and sexual assault all contribute to a culture that condones and supports sexual violence. This campaign aims to provide bystanders with information and tools on how to intervene safely and effectively.
Residential Healing Centres for Survivors in Ontario
Quinte & District, ON - The Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte & District was founded in 1991, and seeks to eradicate this imbalance through education, counselling and social change. One of their unique programs is a residential program called Paths of Courage Healing & Retreat Centre. Residents of Ontario can participate in opportunities to heal, transform and become empowered during a week long free stay.
RAINN and MTV Join Forces for Election Year
| Elect This Campaign |
Washington D.C, USA - As the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization, RAINN has always viewed public education as part of its mission. It regularly joins forces with media and entertainment industries to influence public response to sexual violence. RAINN's recent partnership with MTV focuses on engaging millennial voters to raise visibility of sexual violence as part of MTV's Elect This campaign.
Historically, MTV's election campaigns focused on young voter turnout and registration; however this year a different has been taken following the insight that millennials are issue-driven. Hence, this campaign tackles difficult social issues that matter to millennials in the upcoming election such as sexual violence.
"Raliance" is ending sexual violence in
Washington D.C, USA - Three leading sexual violence prevention organizations are partnering with the National Football League (NFL) to end sexual violence in One Generation.
The National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) and the California Coalition Against Sexual Assault (CALCASA) have created a movement called "Raliance", with a $10 million commitment from the NFL.
This prevention movement is funding 27 projects in the first round of its ongoing grant program. The program seeks to advance promising, and replicable practices or policies that: improve the response to victims of sexual violence, reduce the likelihood of perpetration of sexual violence, and strengthen communities' capacity to create safer environments.
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Trust Women - Miami Worker's Center
Miami, FL - A centre in Miami that is concerned with women's reproductive health has a campaign called "Trust Women". This campaign is making connections between domestic violence, sexual assault, and the lack of affordable housing and child care, detention and deportation and income inequality. By recognizing that there are many factors that connect together to create barriers for women, the campaign aims to allow both girls and women to be able to control and make decisions about their bodies and reproductive health by themselves.
String of Taxi Cab Sexual Assaults Results in Halifax Cabbie to Create Bumper Stickers
Halifax, NS - A string of taxi drivers accused of sexually assaulting women in Halifax has police investigating the perpetrators and offering safety tips to the public. Over the past 5 years there has been 12 reported cases, which is incredibly concerning considering these incidents are committed by a handful of individuals that are now tarnishing the entire industry.
One Halifax cabbie, Sampson is disturbed by these reports is looking to create white stickers for his cab windows which will state, "you are safe in this taxi". He said, "I just want to do something to put it out there that some of us take this very seriously".
Although placing a sticker on your taxi cab does not necessarily warrant that you are safe in it, but it's taking a personal stand against it.
Policy Changes and Revised Federal Strategy for
Gender-based Violence in Canada
Regina, SK - Minister for the Status of Women, Patty Hajdu, was in Regina recently as part of her cross-country tour to gather stories and input from advocates, policy-makers, and the people that work on the front lines with those impacted by gender-based violence.
The goal is to be able to incorporate all the input and concerns and introduce policy changes and federal strategies to reduce rates of violence against women and girls in early 2017.
White House's Summit - The United State of Women
|Movement Maker Spotlight|
Washington D.C, USA - On June 14th, several movement makers gathered at the White House's Summit - "The United State of Women" to both celebrate what has been achieved in regards to women empowerment and rights and to further discuss what can be done moving forward.
The summit highlighted key gender equality issues and addressed the need for a powerful difference in our future. Among the attendees were an inspiring line up speakers including: President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, First Lady Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey and many more.
Envision Counselling and Support Centre
|Booklets, Articles, and more Resources|
Estevan/Weyburn, SK - Envision Counselling and Support Centre is a SASS member that serves Southern Saskatchewan. Their website has an extensive resource section on a wide variety of issues related to violence and abuse for service providers, secondary victims, and anyone effected by violence.
Click here to access Envision's resource database.
Decisions that Matter
Pittsburgh PA, USA - Carneige Mellon University (CMU) students developed a part web comic, part game called "Decisions that Matter" that helps raise awareness of situations where sexual assault may take place. The game places you directly into the story with a first person point of view presenting you with a series of real world scenarios where you are a bystander. Based on the decisions and choices you make throughout the game, be it to confront, intervene, get help or ignore, a different outcome is observed. At the end, you are presented with video messages from the characters involved in the scenario. These messages will differ depending on the choices you made throughout.
The students at CMU believe that the future of violence prevention lies within bystander education, if it's done the right way. It starts with people's willingness - sometimes a small, sometimes a greater social risk - in calling people out on behaviour that may be harmful to others.
Child Sexual Abuse and Adult Sexual Abuse Workshops
The Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre has two ongoing workshops available to the public dealing with both child and adult sexual abuse.
Child Sexual Abuse
This is a three hour workshop focussing on the impacts and indicators of child sexual abuse, offender realities, facts versus myths, effective ways to respond to disclosures and how to support children.
Duration: 3 hours
Light snacks and beverages will be served.
Adult Sexual Abuse
This is a three hour workshop focussing on the facts of sexual violence and the deep impact of victim blaming beliefs. Expect meaningful discussions on this issue and how to effectively respond to disclosures. The workshop ends with a focus on rethinking prevention of sexual violence.
Duration: 3 hours
Light snacks and beverages will be served.
Click here for more information regarding registration.
Brief Focused Counselling Skills - Strategies from Leading Frameworks
This 2-day workshop is designed to move beyond general counselling skills and offer increased capacity and confidence to those wanting to expand their existing knowledge base current skill set.
The event will be held on:
October 18-19, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Price $375.00 (early rate)
Holiday Inn Vancouver Centre Vancouver, BC
End Violence Against Women International is hosting a 2-part webinar dealing with the Neurobiological component of sexual assault. In the first part, participants will learn about the impact of experience and behaviour while the second part will correlate experience and memory.
Objectives of the webinar: 1. Understand key brain circuitries impacted by fear and trauma.
2. List a minimum of three common brain-based, involuntary subjective responses to sexual assault.
3. Recognize common brain-based impacts of trauma on attention and memory encoding and storage.
4. Identify possible brain-based habitual behaviours determined by social conditioning, and reflexive behaviours selected by evolution, that can occur involuntarily during sexual assault.
5. Understand and utilize interviewing methods most likely to help sexual assault victims recall and report the most complete and accurate memories possible.
PreventConnect is hosting a web conference to learn about and share strategies for authentically engaging communities and community driven practices to prevent sexual and domestic violence.
Objectives of the webinar: 1. Engage in a candid discussion around the value of engaging community members in sexual and domestic violence prevention and in having diverse strategies for authentic community engagement.
2. Share real world examples of sexual and domestic violence prevention efforts that are reflective of the community engagement process.
3. Identify tools and resources to support and sustain community engagement within sexual and domestic violence prevention work.