February 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to SSAIC’s February 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.

COVID-19 Updates

SSAIC is open! We are currently serving clients of sexualized violence over Zoom and telephone only and providing public education virtually. In order to keep our staff and clients safe, we will continue to operate under the current restrictions:

  • Masking
  • Physically distancing
  • Sanitization
  • Primarily utilizing telephone and Zoom counselling
  • Keeping our main office closed to the public

If you’re really looking forward to COVID-19 being over, you’re not alone. Us too! However, as the wellness of our staff and clients remains our top priority, we will be maintaining our restrictions until the high levels of the Omicron variant currently circulating in Saskatoon reduce significantly. Masking requirements will remain in our offices after March 1st, and our counselling services will continue to be provided over Zoom or telephone unless we assess that clients can not access service using that technology or require some initial face-to-face support. SSAIC will remain closed to walk-in support at this time.

We appreciate the cooperation our kind clients have consistently displayed in working with us to keep everyone healthy.

We are taking new clients and would encourage those who need our assistance to call our office during office hours and speak to one of our counsellors. Our 24-hour crisis line is fully functional and available to assist anyone who needs our help.

We have expanded our services to include more online resources for survivors. Please check out our Survivors Toolkit for additional resources and videos.

What’s New at SSAIC

Trauma-Informed Virtual Yoga is Back

Are you registered yet? Join our counsellor & certified yoga teacher Steph for 4 weeks of mindful connection between the mind and body from the comfort of your own home.

*Available to survivors of sexualized violence*

No previous yoga experience is required, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know. Spread the word, you never know who may benefit from this program!

Give our office a call at 306-244-2294 to register.

February is Black History Month

Black folks are disproportionately affected by physical and sexualized violence (particularly black women and LGBTQ+ black folx). Use this month as a catalyst to educate yourself about the experiences of black folks, and continue on past February.

Other ways to celebrate virtually: read books by black authors centering black voices, visit the National Museum of African American Culture & History virtual museum, share Black History posts on social media.

Thank you!

Sending out a huge thank you to our funders and donors!

We are so pleased to have attended the 2022 King of Kovbasa Event put on by the Ukrainian Canadian Professional & Business Association of Saskatoon recently, and are just feeling so thankful to have the community support that we do!

Psst…

We want you to be the first to know that our 3rd annual 50/50 online raffle will be happening in March.

Will you bet on survivors this year?

Stay tuned to our website and socials for official details, coming soon!

Learning & Entertainment

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Our posts focus on topics such as sexualized violence, self-care, empowerment, harmful societal attitudes, and how we and others are responding.

Online Learning Workshop Series

SSAIC’s Online Learning Workshop Series is updated each season with new and exciting webinars related to sexualized violence. Our webinars are aimed at any and everyone from professionals to the general public with a thirst to learn. Join us live through Zoom or register and watch later.

Sex-Positivity in Professional Practice – February 24th @ 11:00am – 12:00pm

Presented by Natalya Mason from Saskatoon Sexual Health.

Sexuality is an integral part of being human and is a complex set of personal and social experiences that are not just about biology. Sexual health is a key component of overall health and well-being and a human right.

Saskatoon Sexual Health’s educational presentations approach topics of sexuality from a holistic perspective, and in this case by discussing sex-positivity and its application in professional practice.

The Neurobiology of Trauma – March 16th @ 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Presented by Lise Milne, Associate Professor for the Faculty of Social Work, University of Regina, Faculty Associate at the Child Trauma Research Centre, and Full Faculty Member at the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families.

Curious about how trauma lives in the body and mind? Science-y minds rejoice! Join Lise Milne (MSW) for a jam-packed lunch-n-learn on the skin-deep impacts of trauma.

Impacts of COVID-19 on Survivors (watch now!)

COVID-19 has had unprecedented impacts on the whole world, but how has it impacted survivors of sexualized violence specifically? This webinar is presented by Morgan Price, Education & Outreach Coordinator and Megan Sawyer, SSAIC’s Client Services Coordinator and counsellor to survivors. Watch the recording of our presentation below. Click here to make a donation.

Supporting Survivors of Sexualized Violence Training

Supporting Survivors of Sexualized Violence Training (SST) is an interactive 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 Trainings

March 10th, 2022 (9am – 4pm)

September 7th, 2022 (9am – 4pm)

December 8th, 2022 (9am – 4pm)

Half-Day Trainings:

May 11th, 2022 (9am – 12 noon)

October 25th, 2022 (1:30pm – 4:30pm)

SSAIC Staff Recommends

Mary’s Cup of Tea (Social Media, Instagram / Podcast)

Mary Jelkovsky’s Instagram @maryscupofteaa and Mary’s Cup of Tea Podcast: the Self-Love Podcast for Women (available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify) are all about self-love, self-pleasure, being a strong woman, body positivity, and embodiment.

Mary shares her journey with her own eating disorder and body dysmorphia from being a bikini fitness model to owning her body as it exists naturally. – Ashton

The Staunch Book Prize (Award)

No matter what your favourite genre is, it’s fun to take a break with the occasional “who done it!”  Sadly, a clear deterrent can be the fact that many mysteries use sexualized violence against women as standard fare.

The recently established annual international book prize, based in Britain, is called The Staunch. It awards a great book “in the thriller genre in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.”

Visit the Staunch Book Prize website here where you can meet the judges, read author biographies and interviews, novel descriptions, and even opening chapters. Look for the 2018 shortlist to meet Canadian Anna Porter and read a sample of her book The Appraisal. – Ev

Sexualized Violence in the News

AirTags are a growing headache for Apple amid disturbing reports of tracking, Huffpost

“Apple markets AirTags, button-sized location tracking devices, as a way to easily keep track of essential belongings, like keys and wallets. In Canada, they sell for an accessible $39 apiece. However, women are reporting incidents to police and news media in an attempt to raise public awareness that Apple’s AirTags can be hidden on cars and in personal belongings to track people without their knowledge.

While location tracking devices are not new, Apple’s network is particularly powerful. AirTags are able to use the Find My network, which uses Bluetooth technology and other people’s iPhones, MacBooks and iPads – hundreds of millions of devices – to ping location signals back to the person who owns it. The location data is generally very precise.” Read more…

DA drops charges against woman identified with DNA collected from her rape kit, Huffpost

“San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin has dropped charges against a woman linked to a 2021 property crime after learning that police had used DNA collected from her rape medical exam during the investigation. The District Attorney’s Office said the collection and use of the DNA from the 2016 rape kit was an illegal search and seizure and violated protections of the Fourth Amendment.

‘We did not know this was happening,’ Marshall said, adding that it was ‘a systemic problem that we just became aware of.’

‘Public safety demands that we support sexual assault survivors and end any practices that dissuade them from coming forward,’ Boudin said in a statement.” Read more…

Roblox: The children’s game with a sex problem, BBC News

“A naked man, wearing just a dog collar and a lead, is led across the floor by a woman in a bondage outfit. Two women dance next to a bar. A group has gathered around a couple openly having sex, watching and occasionally commenting. One man is wearing a Nazi uniform.

This is taking place on Roblox, one of the most popular children’s games in the world. In 2020, Roblox stated that two-thirds of all US children between the ages of nine and 12 use the game. Players can build games, using the developer tools which the platform provides. Roblox sex games are commonly referred to on the platform as ‘condos’. They’re spaces, generated by users, where people can talk about sex – and where their avatars can have virtual sex.” 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!

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