October 2022 Newsletter

Welcome to SSAIC’s October 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

Happy Halloween!

“No is a Full Sentence” has Launched!

“No is a Full Sentence” (NIAFS) is a program created by the SSAIC education and outreach team, in partnership with the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools and Saskatoon Public School Division. The program is designed to educate about and prevent sexualized violence, a traumatic experience that is currently impacting an estimated 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys under 18 years of age in Canada.

This educational program is an eight lesson unit that helps build a foundation of prevention by focusing on the importance of boundaries, navigating relationships and trust, stereotypes, gender roles, and myths. Our education and outreach team visit Grade 8 classrooms to present the last two lessons and focus on empathy, understanding our support systems, recognizing what leads to sexualized violence, and becoming an “upstander” instead of a bystander.

NIAFS will run from the beginning of October until the end of November. We are currently scheduled to deliver NIAFS to approximately 20 classrooms, throughout both school divisions (approximately 650 students). We are so excited to have the opportunity to share this vital information with students!

Trauma-Informed Virtual Yoga

We are bringing back our popular Trauma-Informed Virtual Yoga for survivors of sexualized violence. Learn to reconnect your breath and body with SSAIC on Tuesday evenings from November 8th – 29th.

Join certified yoga teacher Steph Locke for 4 weeks of trauma work and mindful connection between the mind and body from the comfort of your own home. There is no previous yoga experience required; Steph will guide you through everything you need to know.

Spread the word on this opportunity; you never know who may benefit from this program!

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

Groups are Back!

Our Counselling Team is so excited to kick group programming back into action! This fall, we will begin offering Open Group (our drop-in support group for clients) and Women’s Group (a closed, intensive therapy style for female-identifying survivors of sexualized violence).

If you’re interested in attending group this fall (or know some survivors who would be a good fit), call our office to register: 306-244-2294. All of our groups are free and don’t require a special referral. See you there with your mask on!

These groups not a fit for you? Not to worry…as the seasons change, so will our group offerings, so stay tuned.

International Day of the Girl Child

October 11th marked the 10th anniversary of International Day of the Girl Child, a day to acknowledge the injustices and disadvantages girls face all over the world.

COVID-19 has worsened existing burdens on girls around the world and worn away important gains made over the last decade. The profound effects of the pandemic are putting girls at higher risk of early marriage due to a combination of economic shocks, school closures and interruptions in reproductive health services.

Girls are ready for a decade of acceleration forward. It is time for us all to stand accountable – with and for girls – and to invest in a future that believes in their agency, leadership and potential.

Ways to get involved in IDOTG (and every day):

  • Share human interest stories, blogs, and videos of girl changemakers
  • Engage your government officials, policymakers and stakeholders to tackle inequalities experienced by girls
  • Engage key female influencers across industries to be the face of change
  • Amplify your commitment by raising awareness and sharing this post

Learn more about IDOTG and how you can support this mission at https://www.un.org/en/observances/girl-child-day.

(Language borrowed from the UN website)

Learning & Entertainment

Fall Online Learning Workshop Series

Deconstructing Rape Culture – November 30th @ 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. Register here! (tickets by donation)

Pronouns Reminder

October 19th was International Pronouns Day, so this is a great time for a friendly Pronouns PSA!

Using someone’s correct pronouns is a crucial part of respecting someone’s identity and ensuring safety.

One small tip to practice today and moving forward: instead of asking someone what their “preferred” pronouns are, simply ask them what their pronouns are. Pronouns aren’t preferred, they just are.

If you’re looking for some more information about pronouns and why they matter, take a look at our “Pronouns” webpage under “About Us”, or visit OUT Saskatoon’s website!

Supporting Survivors of Sexualized Violence Training

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.

*Only 2 remaining training dates in 2022!

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

Full-Day Training:

December 8th, 2022 (9am – 4pm)

Half-Day Training:

October 25th, 2022 (1:30pm – 4:30pm)

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. 

Meet Albus, Morgan’s mischievous, snuggly kitty friend. Though he may have a good resting grump face and have strong boundaries with strangers, he’s a big softy (and we do mean big!) with his humans and little sister. His favourite things include finding a great place to nap, figuring out how to open doors and dishwashers, and playing in boxes of all sizes.

Sexualized Violence in the News

University of Saskatchewan Sexual Violence, Prevention and Response, Usask

The University of Saskatchewan has taken an amazing step in creating a Sexual Violence Prevention and Response program. This two-part initiative can be partially accessed by the public with an additional option for faculty and enrolled students to complete a full course, which consists of 4 modules and an opportunity to receive a certificate of completion.

The publicly accessible page has linked options to “seek help”, “report” or “make a complaint” coinciding with the appropriate course of action. The page also outlines sexualized violence, intervention strategies, consent and the opportunity to further educate yourself. Read more

Hockey Canada announces CEO, entire board of directors will step aside, CBC News

“Hockey Canada has announced its entire board of directors and its CEO will step aside as the organization confronts widespread criticism over how it handled an alleged group sexual assault involving members of the 2018 men’s national junior team.

The news was welcomed by federal Sports Minister Pascale St-Onge, who had been calling for a shakeup at the top.

‘Hockey Canada must develop not only exceptional athletes, but also good citizens who respect women, the public and the law. The case of Hockey Canada shows that the governance and leadership of national sport organizations determine the way cases of sexual violence, abuse and other forms of maltreatment are managed.'” Read more…

Hoggard to remain in jail awaiting bail decision pending appeal of sex assault conviction, CTV News

“The bail hearing was held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday (October 20th), just hours after Hoggard was sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of sexually assaulting an Ottawa woman in a Toronto hotel room six years ago.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Gillian Roberts delivered the sentence this morning, noting that she accepts the victim’s account in ‘its entirety.’

In arriving at her sentence, Roberts said she considered the trauma inflicted upon the victim, both by the assault and the trial process as well as the continuing impacts the 2016 sexual assault have had on her life for Hoggard’s moments of ‘sexual gratification.’

‘[The sentence] must be sufficient to reflect the inherent harmfulness of a manipulative and particularly degrading rape. … The full picture must be recognized and considered in sentencing,’ she said, calling the assault ‘heinous’ and noting that the victim feared for her life and was forced to endure several hours of violent sexual intercourse and degradation. Hoggard admitted in court that he did not use a condom.

Roberts also indicated that Hoggard, in a follow up conversation with the victim, attempted to ‘gaslight’ her and wanted to create a ‘certain narrative.’ 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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