New year, same COVID-19 restrictions (for now!). Our office will remain closed to the public to keep our staff, clients, and community safe. But rest assured; we are still here for YOU, just from a bit more of a distance. Telephone counselling appointments, our 24-hour crisis line, and our virtual public education will continue. Read our full service restrictions at SSAIC.ca/covid-19.
SSAIC is proud to have remained available to survivors throughout the pandemic in one way or another, and we plan to keep it that way.
Connect with us at our office (306-244-2294) or on our social media accounts @SSAIC1 to stay engaged!
Our website is also a great resource for survivors and allies alike; check out our Survivor’s Toolkit for some handy coping strategies, or our Virtual Group Sessions for a 10-minute session on trauma.
What’s New at SSAIC
Our Holiday Giving Campaign 2020 was incredibly successful, bringing in $15,262 in the month of December, which far exceeded our fundraising goal! Our heartfelt thanks and physically-distanced embrace goes out to YOU. Thank you so much to the community of supporters who have trusted us with their donations and support us so that we can continue to support survivors of sexual violence in the Saskatoon community.
Supporting Survivors of Sexualized Violence Training
Our next two offerings of “Supporting Survivors of Sexualized Violence Training” are coming up fast! Join us for 2 hours or a full 6 hours to learn about communication skills, support tools, and local referral information for survivors of sexualized violence. Become the best support person you can be! Fit for all levels of support people, from general community members to students to professionals, and everyone in between.
Register alone or with your coworkers online here, or visit SSAIC.ca/SST for more information.
Entertainment & Learning
Believing rape myths (like this one, for example) is dangerous and damaging—so long as society believes these myths, survivors of sexualized violence face difficulties coming forward and seeking the help they need.
What is a rape myth?
We’re glad you asked. Rape myths are false beliefs about sexualized violence that work to excuse sexualized violence and create hostility toward survivors. There are so many of them, and they are so prevalent in our society, that it’s easy to accept this misinformation as truth.
To learn more about rape myths, visit our webpage Sexualized Violence 103: Debunking Rape Myths.
On January 18th, also known as Blue Monday, the Native Women’s Association of Canada shared an amazing list of culturally safe resources to access to support your mental health! Read what they had to say:
“There are many culturally-safe resources available for you and your loved ones today and beyond – we’ve shared some of them below.
The Hope for Wellness Helpline offers immediate help to all Indigenous peoples across Canada.
Counselling is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week in Cree, Ojibway, and Inuktitut. 1-855-242-3310
NWAC’s team of in-house Elders are here to support you, offering support and building resiliency.
They are available Monday–Friday, from 9–11 a.m. EST and 1–3 p.m. EST.
Toll Free: 888-664-7808
Talk4Healing provides 24/7 culturally sensitive counselling, advice and support to Indigenous women in Ojibway, OjiCree, Cree, English, and French 1-855-554-4325 http://talk4healing.com
Kids Help Phone provides 24/7 anonymous and non-judgemental support to youth and teens in both English and French.
Sexualized Violence in the News
Recognizing the Cycle of Traffickers, Hope Restored Canada
Luring is known as the first step in the cycle of trafficking. The trafficker will assess and target the person. Traffickers will commonly prey on those socially marginalized, individuals with history of trauma or abuse, individuals who are in desperation and unhappy with their current life situation -these are few examples with many other possible contributing factors. Read more…
So many files, Saskatchewan internet child exploitation unit has to prioritize: Lambie, Global News
“Luring investigations were quite high … I’m going to attribute that, just myself, to probably everybody being at home. The pedophiles are at home and the kids are at home. They’ve got this Internet platform where they’re all going to mingle and, of course, all the offences are going to stem from that,” Scott Lambie said. Read more…
‘Quiet revolution’ inspired by Regina’s #MeToo movement underway, say advocates, CBC News
Advocates say ripples of change are still happening months after public reckoning on sexual harassment. Lisa Miller wants survivors of sexual violence who shared their stories during Regina’s #MeToo movement to know they didn’t speak out in vain. Read more…
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Ways to Give to SSAIC
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- Becoming a recurring donor. This is the most helpful kind of donation we can receive, as it helps us consistently plan for the future with reliable donations monthly or annually. All donations are greatly appreciated.
- Bring your recyclables to SARCAN. By using the code “I believe you” at the Drop-n-Go stations or at the register, you can donate your recycling funds straight to SSAIC and protect the environment all at once!
- Shop our survivor-themed merchandise. Our online store is fully stocked with plenty of our survivor phrase t-shirts, sweatshirts, and mugs – order yours straight to your door, or come by our office downtown for contactless pickup.
- Fundraise on our behalf. COVID-19 has impacted us all, and SSAIC is relying on our community supporters now more than ever. If you’re interested in raising money on our behalf, get in contact with our office to discuss opportunities!
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