Help SSAIC support survivors of sexual violence.
Help us continue to support victims of sexual assault
Since 2015, sexual assault reports to Saskatoon Police Service are on the rise but funding for SSAIC has not increased for three years. SSAIC is Saskatoon’s primary provider of client care for victims of sexual violence in our community.
HOW: During the month of June, every dollar you donate through SSAIC’s CanadaHelps donation page is an automatic entry for us to win $10,000. (minimum $3 donation)
WHEN: Challenge begins June 1, 2018 at midnight Newfoundland Daylight Time
Challenge ends: June 30, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time
WHAT: One charity will be selected to receive a $10,000 donation generously donated by the GIV3 Foundation. Grand Prize draw: July 1 2018.
The aim of the research is to gain a better understanding of the existing strengths and potential gaps in service provision as it relates to sexual violence across the province of Saskatchewan.
Collection deadline: June 30, 2018 Read more…
Tables are on sale until the end of June for $480, after that $520. Please contact Communications & Development Manager Megan Evans for sponsorship opportunities at 306-244-2294. Read more ….
Watch for the SSAIC annual report in our next Consent Café newsletter.
The #MeToo movement is shifting the power landscape for women and victims of sexual assault. From Hollywood to our own provincial legislature, consequences for abuse and harassment are becoming very real. At the root of negative attitudes is the way society trains boys to be aggressors and view sexual relationships with girls as an inherent right. In this month’s round-up we explore the changing landscape and learn how we can work for positive and healthy change for all members of society.
As former Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein faces criminal charges, the #MeToo movement gains a crucial victory. The list of prominent men accused of bad behaviour towards women continues to build; the latest includes veteran actor Morgan Freeman. The movement has affected the legal frontier with several countries enacting laws that protect victims of sexual abuse and harassment. Read more ….
From the beginning, boys receive negative and confusing messages about relationships with the opposite sex. They come to view sex as a rite of passage to become “real men” and feel they need to prove themselves in the sexual arena. Boys place pressure on girls ranging from persistent pursuit to outright physical intimidation. This article explores ways we can rewrite these scripts and instil healthy attitudes in youth towards sexuality.
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Closer to home, the handling of a sexual assault conviction of a University of Saskatchewan Huskies athlete proved the increasing political clout of women. In a recent legislature session, NDP interim leader Nicole Sauauer raised the issue of the athlete allowed to play on the team despite the conviction and the comments made by the coach expressing concern for the player rather than the victim. Advanced Education Minister Tina Beaudry-Mellor’s response was unequivocal, “Mr. Speaker, I am angry. And this is not OK…” Consequences were rapid; by the end of the day the coach was fired. Sauauer and Beaudry-Mellor galvanized authorities to assume responsibility and take action for change. Read more …
May 14 To 20, 2018 is proclaimed as Sexual Assault Awareness Week by the
Province of Saskatchewan.
Rosie & the Riveters Concert – Friday, May 11
SSAIC will be there taking donations as Rosie & the Riveters’ Charity of Choice for their hometown album release.
Get your tickets while they last!
Sexual Assault Awareness Week – May 14 to May 20
25% of select menu items at Fionn MacCool’s will be donated to Saskatoon Sexual Assault & Information Centre. You never know who you might be helping! #MeTooYXE
Kristy Beggs Live on Location – Thursday, May 17
Fionn MacCool’s patio* – 11 am to 2:30 pm
Join us and help us to reach our $800 lunchtime goal!
*This event will be moved into the restaurant if the weather is uncooperative.
Watch for contest giveaways for Fionn MacCool’s gift certificates through Global TV and The Bull.
A huge thank you to our SAAW media sponsors:
Nicole Cushman, Executive Director of AMAZE, says sex ed might be the answer to America’s (and by extension, Canada’s) sexual assault problem. This op-ed video articulates the need for quality sex education from an early age. Children need to understand the issues of consent, healthy relationships and boundaries to put an end to the culture of rape and sexual assault. Nicole Cushman says AMAZE is “fixing the patchwork” of sex education across America by taking their message online in engaging, age-appropriate sex education resources for youth.
Childbirth can be the most wonderful experience in a woman’s life. For survivors of sexual abuse, birth can trigger feelings of loss of control over one’s own body and buried trauma. Negative maternal experiences are not acknowledged due to society’s insistence on ideal birth and motherhood scenarios. Two Regina women are working to address the gaps in education and public conversation with tools and resources for survivors.
This comic by Jim C. Hines deftly skewers the double standard directed towards survivors and illustrates the no-win situation many face when they report the crime. Staying silent means the issue is not addressed and speaking out results in blame and disbelief levelled at survivors.
The culture of blame and shame ~ society’s negative attitudes towards women and sexual assault.