SSAIC acknowledges that we operate on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We pay our respects to the First Nations and Métis ancestors of this place, and recognize the harm done to Indigenous peoples through colonization, residential schools, and the Sixties Scoop. This legacy of intergenerational trauma is one of the reasons why our agency was created. We commit to working towards reconciliation, and reaffirm our relationship with one another.
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Who We Are & What We Do
SSAIC is a Saskatoon-based, non-profit, charitable organization dedicated to taking a leadership role in responding to sexualized violence in our community.
We have a vibrant team—from administrative support to counsellors, our executive director to our Board of Directors, SSAIC employs professionals who are passionate about ending sexualized violence and supporting survivors of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment.
SSAIC aspires to be part of a community in which individuals impacted by sexualized violence are believed and offered services to assist their healing, perpetrators of sexualized violence are held accountable for their actions, and future victims are protected. Together, we can mobilize to share responsibility for addressing sexualized violence and ensure that coordinated and evidence-based services related to sexualized violence are fully resourced.
SSAIC exists to be the primary provider of community leadership in addressing sexualized violence. We provide counselling and survivor services to survivors of sexualized violence and education and prevention services to the Saskatoon community.
We believe that:
- Sexualized violence is a crime of aggression, power and violence for which the aggressor alone is responsible. Survivors do not bring about their assault through attitude, behaviour, dress, or physical location.
- Survivors can be any age or gender.
- Survivors of sexualized violence are resilient and can heal.
- All genders must work together if sexualized violence is to be prevented and eventually eliminated.
- Sexualized violence exists and is supported in a larger societal context that tolerates power imbalances, gender-based discrimination, and systemic cultures that devalue certain groups of people while making others vulnerable.
- We believe that survivors should not have to carry the societal shame and stigma of their victimization, but that those burdens should be carried only by the perpetrator of sexualized violence.
- Everyone has the right to a world where sexuality can be experienced as a pleasurable and positive choice, free from sexualized violence.
- Societal connections between sex and violence foster an environment where sexualized violence is allowed to flourish. Whether deliberate or inadvertent, sexual stereotypes, media depictions and gender-based discrimination can promote women and children as targets of violence.
- Education will lead to more adequate prevention of sexualized violence.
- We believe and support the survivor who seeks our help. We do not investigate the validity of the survivor’s claims.
SSAIC offers individual and group counselling services to all survivors of sexualized violence, their families, the general public, and other support / service providers. Our 24-hour sexual assault crisis line exists to serve all who may need it. Sexualized violence education and services are provided in the community to raise awareness, reduce stigmatization, and influence social and systemic change.
All genders, races, religions, and romantic orientations welcome at SSAIC.
- Anyone 12 years of age or older who has survived sexualized violence, regardless of whether this occurred in childhood, last night, or many years ago;
- Parents of children who have been sexually abused;
- Individuals who have been affected by the sexualized violence inflicted on family, friends, and loved ones, and;
- Folx from the LGBTQ2S community
Services for Perpetrators of Sexualized Violence
For the safety of our clientele, we do not serve perpetrators of sexualized violence.
For help, please visit the links below, or contact the Saskatoon Health Region.
CoSA Canada (Canadian national organization for Circles of Support and Accountability): a Canadian-made restorative justice program for individuals who have committed serious sexual offences. CoSA allows the community to play a direct role in the restoration, reintegration, and risk management of people who are often seen with only fear and anger.
Sexual Offender Treatment Program: individual and group counselling services for anyone who has committed a sexual offence or is concerned about a risk to sexually offend.