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A Brief History of SSAIC
The Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre started in 1975 when a small group of women in Saskatoon challenged the myths and stereotypes around violence against women, rape, and victim blaming, and raised awareness around the need for services for rape survivors. They created a Rape Crisis Line, staffed by one term-paid coordinator and a small group of dedicated volunteers.
The Rape Crisis Line was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in 1976 and the new Board of Directors secured funding from Social Services and a municipal grant which allowed them to have one full-time staff person.
In 1979 our name was changed to Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre to reflect the need for services to both genders.
By 1987 the agency had grown to two full-time employees and 50 volunteers who staffed the crisis line.
In 1992 we began to provide counselling programming for women who were sexually abused as children, broadening our services beyond recent-assault survivors.
In 1999 we began working with other Saskatoon women’s organizations to create a women’s resource centre where non-profits service women could co-locate, share resources, and offer a “one stop centre” for women needing support in Saskatoon. The original vision was revised and the Saskatoon Community Service Village was the result. SSAIC became a founding partner in the creation of the Village and took up residence there in February 2001.
In 2011 after Tamara’s House (a day and residential treatment program for adult women who were survivors of childhood sexual abuse) closed their doors, SSAIC saw an increased demand for services to adult survivors. The provincial Department of Justice responded to our request for increased resources by increasing our funding; this allowed us to hire additional staff.
We have continued to grow through hard work and ongoing fundraising, with our staff and volunteer numbers climbing whenever financially possible as we strive to meet an increasing demand for services.
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