SSAIC counsellors will be resuming a full schedule of remote telephone counselling starting on April 27, 2020. Current clients of SSAIC whose appointments were cancelled due to COVID-19 will be contacted by their counsellor to reschedule their appointment. Appointments will be rebooked in the order they were cancelled.
*Please note that the incoming calls from SSAIC are private or unknown callers.*
SSAIC office hours will remain from 1pm-5pm, Monday through Friday through phone only. We will remain closed to the public at this time. A counsellor will be available during these hours at 306-244-2294 to provide intake services to survivors of sexual assault and provide information to the public. Our 24-hour sexual assault crisis line remains fully operational at 306-244-2224.
Thank-you for your patience, and we hope to see you in person soon!
This time is scary and unknown for all of us – this is nothing we’ve ever experienced before! Remember to be gentle with yourself, and allow yourself some self-care time. Be sure to check out our Survivor’s Toolkit for some new tools to add to your coping toolbox!
What’s New at SSAIC
Our first online 50/50 was an absolute success, raising $2,660 in total! Congratulations to Tegan Chappell who took home half of the pot, and thank-you to everyone that participated. We’ll certainly be doing more fundraisers like this, so stay tuned!
Tegan even went so far as to donate some of her winnings back to SSAIC! A huge thank-you to Tegan and everyone that purchased tickets. And if you didn’t win this time, don’t worry….there will be more where this came from!
National Volunteer Week
Volunteers are the unsung heroes of the non-profit world. SSAIC relies on 50+ volunteers throughout the year to successfully operate our agency and run our programs. So to our Board of Directors, “I’m the Boss of Me” facilitators, and other folks that donate their time to SSAIC, we whole-heartedly thank you.
Administrative Professionals Day was April 22nd, and even though it looked a bit different this year, our love for our admin staff was just as strong! A huge thank-you to all administrative professionals that continue to do such crucial work during this time. We see you and appreciate you!
Entertainment & Learning
One of our amazing counsellors has recorded an awesome “grounding up” video for any folks who are feeling low, lethargic, or “stuck off”, as we teach our clients. Get moving with her here!
If you didn’t see the movie Bombshell in theaters you can find it now on your TV screens.
Check out this Fact Sheet on sexual assault and sexual harassment from the Canadian Women’s Foundation. There is also a downloadable PDF version available.
An interesting study was published a few years ago on g-based violence and unwanted sexual behaviour in Canada; read more on the study here. Initial findings from the Survey of Safety in Public and Private Spaces.
Having trouble coping with your new normal? You aren’t alone. We’ve curated a list of some great resources to help understand this strange time and give some suggestions for new coping skills (that don’t involve taking up new hobbies or mastering a new skill):
What is rape culture? –The Huffington Post
The federal government is rolling out help for charities hit hard by COVID-19 (which includes shelters for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault!). Read more.
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