- Professional Development: First Responder to Sexual Assault Training
Many professionals in the health and mental healthcare fields are likely to be the first person a survivor shares their story with—and that first interaction can make or break the survivor’s decision to move forward with a rape kit at the hospital, getting mental health support, or police reporting.
It’s no small thing being trusted with someone’s story of sexual abuse, so we know you want to be prepared.
The First Responder to Sexual Assault model draws from the idea of first aid. The job of the first responder to sexual assault is not to know all the answers, or to counsel the victim, but rather to provide psychological first aid. The goal is to empower the person who shares this painful information to decide on their own plan with help from professionals (a counsellor, a doctor, or the police).
To register, please review the First Responder to Sexual Assault course information for upcoming dates and on-line payment.
If your organization would like to book this training as an in-service, please contact our office to discuss availability and pricing.
- Grade 4 Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, “I’m the Boss of Me”
“I’m the Boss of Me” is an engaging puppet show delivered to Grade 4 classrooms in partnership with Saskatoon school divisions. This child sexual abuse prevention program tells a gentle story of four friends, two of which have experienced sexual abuse. One child discovers through her friend that sexual abuse is not her fault, that is should never be kept a secret, and that there are people who will believe and help her.
This program runs annually, January through March, with the help of trained volunteers. Lesson plans are provided to teachers in advance of the show, and bookings are made by both Saskatoon Public and Catholic schools.
For more information, please call SSAIC (306-244-2294) during business hours.
- Public Education and Professional Development
Saskatoon Non-Profit Organizations
If you are a non-profit organization that works with and supports individuals who are at increased risk of sexual victimization because of poverty, racism, disability, their status as immigrants or refuges, members of the LGBQT2 community or other factors, we will do our best to accommodate a presentation request. We would consider two different types of presentations at no charge:
- A request for a short presentation/in-service (1 to 2 hours) to members of your staff about sexual victimization both recent and historical, the laws related to sexual assault and sexual victimization, criminal justice processes, consent, the needs of survivors and how best to support them, referral sources and services in the Saskatoon community.
- A request for a short presentation (1 to 1.5 hours) to your clients. Topics typically covered include what is considered sexual violence, sexual consent, the criminal justice response to sexual violence, impacts of sexual victimization on survivors, accessing services and supports in the Saskatoon community.
To make a request for these presentations, please contact our office at 306-244-2294.
Post-Secondary Class/ Professor Requests for Guest Speaker
We will be available in November and December to provide a guest presentation on sexual assault as we recruit post-secondary students who are looking for volunteer experience to support our Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Program, “I’m the Boss of Me”. If you are interested in having us in as a guest lecturer for your class in November or December please email our office. Our “I’m the Boss of Me” Program Coordinator will be in touch to arrange a presentation date when in October. Any requests made prior to October will be filed for response at the appropriate juncture.
Elementary and Secondary Schools
At this time, we are not able to provide school presentations to elementary or high school presentations (outside of our “I’m the Boss of Me” program for Grade 4 students).
If you are interested in a presentation on healthy youth relationships and respectful behaviour please contact the Canadian Red Cross Saskatoon Office.