- Sexual assault 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 sexual violence are resilient and can heal.
- All genders must work together if sexual violence is to be prevented and eventually eliminated.
- Sexual 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 sexual 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 sexual 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 sexual violence.
- We believe and support the survivor who seeks our help. We do not investigate the validity of the survivor’s claims.
The Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre aspires to a society in which individuals are empowered and mobilized to share responsibility for creating communities free from sexual violence.
SSAIC Core Service Areas
- Information services
- 24-Hour crisis line
- Survivor assistance
- Individual and group counselling
- Child sexual abuse education and prevention
- Public education and training