Welcome to SSAIC’s July 2021 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.
As Saskatchewan moves to lift their COVID-19 restrictions on July 11th, we wish to advise that our service restrictions will remain in place for a while longer.
In order to keep our staff and clients safe in light of the more transmissible Delta variant circulating in our community, we will continue to operate under the current restrictions:
- Physically distancing
- Sanitization & temperature protocols
- Primarily utilizing telephone counselling
- Keeping our main office closed to the public
The majority of our counselling will continue to be provided over the 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 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
211 Saskatchewan is a free, confidential 24/7 service that connects individuals to human services in SK by phone, text, or webchat, PLUS a searchable website with over 5,000 listings of various services across the province.
Folx can search the site themselves, or text / call 2-1-1 to find up-to-date, reliable information on community, health, and government services.
SSAIC staff use 211 Saskatchewan all the time for our clients, and we are so thankful for the work they do!
In our newest blog post, “About Last Year”, our Executive Director Faye Davis discusses the past year at SSAIC. 2020, as you know, was quite a ride! Overall, we felt relatively lucky and continue to feel grateful. Please visit our website to read her heartfelt words (and view our entire blog archive).
Child sexual abuse refers to any sexual misconduct that is committed against a child or adolescent by someone in a position of power or perceived authority. This could be an adult or another young person.
1 in 3 girls & 1 in 6 boys experience sexual abuse before the age of 18.
We’ve recently launched a new webpage dedicated to information on child sexual abuse. You will find important information about sexual abuse, indicators and impacts, online child sexual exploitation, and tips for guardians to prevent and stop it from happening. We’ve also included some helpful Tools for Empowering Children and available supports for Canadian families.
Learning & Entertainment
Supporting Survivors of Sexualized Violence Training
Supporting Survivors of Sexualized Violence Training (SST) is a 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:
Half Day Training ($60):
Full Day Training ($150):
COVID-19 has had unprecedented impacts on the whole world, but how has it impacted survivors of sexualized violence specifically? Co-presenting this webinar is Megan Sawyer, SSAIC’s Client Services Coordinator and counsellor to survivors. Watch the recording of our presentation below. Click here to make a donation.
SSAIC Staff Recommends
I follow @the.holistic.psychologist (Dr. Nicole LePara) on Instagram and really appreciate her approach to clinical work. She is down to earth, holistic, trauma informed, and uses very accessible language. I have also recently picked up her new book, How To Do the Work: Recognize Your patterns, Heal From Your Past, and Create Your Self. -Sarah
Never Rarely Sometimes Always (trailer) is an intelligent film about abortion and adolescence. Raw and hauntingly realistic, it presents a powerful and captivating story about bodily autonomy. At times, I found this emotionally intense film a bit difficult to watch, but was ultimately fully immersed in – and inspired by – the two main characters as they expertly demonstrate the danger of harmful masculinities and how society fails young women. While it’s one of the most heartbreaking movies I’ve seen, it’s also a new favourite. -Jen
Dancing With the Devil, Demi Lovato’s newest docuseries, explores their very public struggles with addiction, eating disorders, sexual violence, mental illness, and ultimately resilience and self-care. I appreciated learning more about a star (in their own words) that I’ve idolized since childhood in their Camp Rock days; this docuseries felt very intimate and raw. I appreciated that every episode came with a sensitivity warning and ended with some support lines and resources. You can view all four episodes for free on YouTube. -Morgan
Sexualized Violence in the News
Pilot project to make Mobile Crisis response an option for 911 call takers in Saskatoon, The Star Phoenix
Saskatoon police and the Saskatoon Crisis Intervention Service are working together on a new model that will make a mobile crisis response an option for people calling 911. Saskatoon police and SCIS are working on a “risk matrix” that would help 911 call takers determine if it would be most appropriate to dispatch police or redirect the call to Mobile Crisis. Read more…
Court action launched against Saskatoon woman who alleged she experienced harassment during video shoot, CTV News
In a series of Facebook posts in March 2021, Tiara Jackle recounted her alleged experiences during a video shoot involving members of Bombargo, a Saskatoon-based band. “The entire experience felt predatory, with unprofessional misogynistic commentary, and pressure to perform for the camera in ways that felt objectifying, overtly sexual, and demeaning,” Jackle wrote. On June 25th, a statement was filed at Court of Queen’s Bench in Regina, accusing Jackle of defamation, intentional infliction of mental suffering, and alleges her actions led to a loss of income and ability to earn income. She is being sued in a lawsuit seeking $782,000 in damages. Read more…
Most Mounties cited for sexual misconduct over past 5 years were allowed to keep their jobs, CBC News
Even though RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki has vowed that there is “no room” for sexual assault and harassment in her organization, the penalties meted out to Mounties for sexual misconduct vary widely and range from dismissal all the way down to transfers and pay cuts. Angela Marie MacDougall, executive director of Battered Women’s Support Services in Vancouver, said she sees these disciplinary decisions as the RCMP protecting its own. 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!