August 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to SSAIC’s August 2022 Newsletter. Once a month, we bring you news, updates, skills, and opportunities relating to the world of sexualized violence. As subscribers, you won’t miss a beat about what’s happening at SSAIC.

SSAIC acknowledges that we work and live on Treaty 6 Territory and the Homeland of the Métis. We commit to working towards reconciliation and affirm our relationship with one another.

We appreciate the cooperation our clients have consistently displayed as we have worked through interruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. As we continue to move toward a full reopening, we are taking new clients and would encourage those who need our assistance to call our office at 306-244-2294 during office hours (M-F 9 AM-12 PM / 1 PM-5 PM) and speak to one of our counsellors. Our 24-hour crisis line is always available to assist anyone who needs our help.

What’s New at SSAIC

Report on our Year

To illustrate the work we’ve accomplished this year with the amazing support of our community, please view our 2021-2022 Report on our Year, which we’ve just posted to our website. We have pulled together all of our proudest achievements to give you a little more insight into the people behind SSAIC and the work we care so much about.

We know we wouldn’t be able to do the work in our community that we do without each and every one of our funders and donors. To all of you – we whole-heartedly thank you.

International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples

August 9th was the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples.

We are so grateful to live and work on Treaty 6 territory, Homeland of the Métis Nation! Saskatchewan’s 70+ unique Indigenous populations make our communities so rich and varied, and this special day was a way to honour and learn about them.

From the United Nations website:

On 23 December, 1994, the United Nations General Assembly decided, in its resolution 49/214, that the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples shall be observed on 9 August every year. The date marks the day of the first meeting, in 1982, of the UN Working Group on Indigenous Populations.

On this day, people from around the world are encouraged to spread the UN’s message on the protection and promotion of the rights of Indigenous peoples.

Events at the UN headquarters in New York include messages from high-level UN officials, governments, Indigenous peoples and other key leaders; performances by Indigenous artists; and panel discussions on emerging issues. Other events are also held worldwide to celebrate this day.

Merch Sale!

As an end-of-summer send-off, we’re putting our whole shop on sale!

Use code “AUGUST20” for 20% off at checkout on all tees, sweatshirts, and mugs. Limited stock available, so run, don’t walk. As a bonus exclusively for our loyal subscribers (that’s you!), we’ve opened up the discount early, starting….now!

Sale ends August 27th at 11:59 pm. (Have we mentioned how soft, cozy, and fall-ready our sweatshirts are?)

Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review

We’ve just been back a second time to the Saskatoon Police Service to continue the good work we started earlier this year with the VACR. We are so proud of this project, and grateful to be in partnership with SPS.

Based on “The Philadelphia Model”, the VACR model will facilitate a review of sexual assault investigations that did not proceed to charges, wherein SSAIC staff will be on the review panel.

Our joint hope is that through transparency and openness, this process will result in more trauma-informed investigations of sexualized violence. We thank the Saskatoon Police Service for their trust and collaboration in our partnership.

Read the full press release here.

Learning & Entertainment

Upcoming SST

There are only three training dates left for 2022 and one is right around the corner!

Supporting Survivors of Sexualized Violence Training (SST) is an interactive virtual training program created by SSAIC, designed to train anyone and everyone to receive disclosures and support survivors in a compassionate and trauma-informed way.

Join us for an upcoming session of SST to learn tangible skills for supporting someone who discloses sexualized violence, as well as the impacts of rape culture and our own unconscious biases.

Click on any of the following links to register yourself for SST:

Full-Day Training:

September 7th, 2022 (9am – 4pm)

December 8th, 2022 (9am – 4pm)

Half-Day Training:

October 25th, 2022 (1:30pm – 4:30pm)

Online Learning Workshop Series

Our fall series is now live! Each season, we bring you free online learning opportunities to enhance your understanding on a topic related to sexualized violence. Check this season’s sessions:

Understanding our Trauma & Caring for Ourselves – September 14th @ 12:00pm – 1:00pm

In a world filled with situations beyond our control, it is safe to assume we have/will experience trauma at some point in our lives. Understanding what exactly trauma is, our responsibility to care for and empathize with ourselves and others, and how to create healthy self-care and compassion routines is key to navigating our human experience. In this presentation, you will be given foundational knowledge about trauma, how it impacts our nervous system, and some tools for supporting healing.

Presented by Taylor Chetty, a trauma educator and MSW student at the University of Regina. With over 7 years of professionally working in and around trauma, Taylor’s expert perspective will not be one you want to miss.

Understanding Sexualized Violence: Our “101” Course – October 20th @ 12:00pm – 1:30pm

Our “101” course: all the things we think you should know about sexualized violence and our best tips for taking care of yourself and others. This 1.5 hour lunch-n-learn will leave you with valuable understanding about the impacts of sexualized violence, what happens in to a nervous system on trauma, and some back-pocket phrases you can trust will be trauma-informed.

Presented by SSAIC’s Education & Outreach Coordinator Morgan Price, our 101 course is the best place to start learning about sexualized violence. Suited for professionals in all fields that may work with survivors, or anyone with a thirst to learn.

Deconstructing Rape Culture – November 29th @ 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Why is sexualized violence so common? And what in the world is “rape culture”? Take a deep dive into the roots of the issue with Morgan Price, our Education & Outreach Coordinator, and find out what’s being done to combat rape culture both locally and worldwide

Educational Presentations Available

SSAIC’s Education Team has many presentations available to the public on a variety of topics related to sexualized violence. Our presentations are a good fit for client groups, staff in-services, professional development opportunities, and post-secondary students. Any of the following are available upon request:

  • Understanding Sexualized Violence: Our 101 Course
  • Consent 101
  • Child Sexual Abuse Information Seminar
  • Being a Strong Ally to Survivors
  • Exploring the Impacts of Sexualized Violence
  • SSAIC’s Services
  • Deconstructing Rape Culture
  • Demystifying the Reporting Process of Sexualized Violence

Contact us at info@ssaic.ca to inquire about a presentation for your group!
(Limited capacity available.)

… Introducing our Office FUR-sistants

Who loves their pets (or wishes they had more pets to love)? We do!

In fact, we love them so much that we think it’s about time we introduce them to you. This month, meet…Rogue! (also known as Energizer-puppy)

Rogue is 6 years old and has been part of Debbie’s family for 4 years. She has happily taken on the role of lap-dog and greets Debbie with her squeaky toy before she even gets through the door.

Rogue loves going for car rides (shotgun, always), has a quirky personality, and loves playing fetch.

Staff Recommendation

Just like many of you, we’re closely watching for media updates surrounding the recent exposure of Hockey Canada’s handling of sexual assault allegations. The idea that there are problematic aspects of hockey culture is not new to us, but we are hopeful that these events may lead to positive change.

Game Misconduct is such an interesting, well-written and organized book for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of these issues.

“In Game Misconduct, reporters Evan Moore and Jashvina Shah reveal hockey’s toxic undercurrent which has permeated the sport throughout the junior, college, and professional levels. They address the topic with a level of passion that comes from being rabid hockey fans themselves, and from experiencing its exclusivity first-hand.

With a sensitive yet incisive approach, this necessary book lays bare the issues of racism, homophobia, xenophobia, bullying, sexism, and violence on and off the ice. Readers will learn about notable players and activists fighting for transformation as well as those beyond the spotlight who are nonetheless deeply affected by hockey’s culture of inaction.

Both a reckoning and a roadmap, Game Misconduct is an essential read for modern hockey fans, showing the truth of the sport’s past and present while offering the tools to fight for a better future.” -from McNally Robinson’s website

Sexualized Violence in the News

Saskatoon school with link to abuse allegations loses its lease, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

“Forest Grove Community Church announced on Monday that it will stop renting space to Grace Christian School effective next month, when the school year begins.

The church said it ended the lease after former students of what is now Legacy Christian Academy accused 22 former staff at that school and its adjoining church of sexual, psychological and physical abuse spanning decades.

‘We are grieved for the students and families that will be affected and did not make this decision lightly, but believe it is best for all involved,’ Forest Grove Community Church wrote in a statement. The church declined to comment further. 

One of the former officials accused is John Oluboboken, a former director at Legacy Christian Academy who is now the director of Grace Christian School.

Forest Grove’s decision comes amid a reckoning at Legacy Christian Academy and a broader discussion of oversight at Saskatchewan’s qualified independent schools, which receive government funds but are operated by non-profits.” Read more…

Drop in Saskatoon homicides offset by rise in child sex crimes, Saskatoon StarPhoenix

“A decline in the number of homicides recorded in Saskatoon in 2021 was offset by rising reports of robberies, major thefts, and sex crimes against children, leaving the city’s crime severity index (CSI) essentially unchanged from 2020, according to Statistics Canada.

The Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre’s new executive director, Reagan Conway, said it’s important to recognize the increase in reports isn’t a good thing, but does show people are reporting more. Factors like education, awareness, and the #MeToo and #TimesUP movements could be helping, she added.

The Centre offers education programs in schools, which Conway said is important in teaching young people about consent, the definition of sexual violence, and that it’s OK to seek support.

She hopes the public attention paid to Hockey Canada’s handling of sexual assault allegations will encourage people to learn about consent or supporting someone who comes forward, she said, noting that there’s work to be done to shift attitudes and beliefs around sexual violence. The SSAIC is seeing an increase in survivors reaching out, she added.” Read more…

Kevin Spacey ordered to pay over $30M US to House of Cards creators, CBC News

“Earlier this month, a judge ruled that Kevin Spacey and his production companies must pay the makers of House of Cards nearly $31 million because of losses brought on by his 2017 firing for the sexual harassment of crew members.

Spacey has denied the allegations through his attorneys and his spokesperson, who did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment.

The 63-year-old Oscar winner’s career came to an abrupt halt late in 2017 as the #MeToo movement gained momentum and allegations against him emerged from several places.

Last month, Spacey pleaded not guilty in London to charges of sexually assaulting three men a decade or more ago, when he was director of the Old Vic theatre. His lawyer said he ‘strenuously denies’ the allegations. He is set to face trial next year.” Read more…

Ways to Give to SSAIC

Looking for ways to give to SSAIC? Click any of the options below to get started!

  • 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 stocked with 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!