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Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving that happens each year. It is a time when Canadians come together to celebrate generosity  and giving.

When survivors of sexual violence bravely reach out to us for help, we want to be there for them and not make them wait. The demand for our counselling services has exceeded our resources. We have been using donations we receive to shrink the wait time between the first call to our office to the first appointment with a counsellor from 7 weeks last year to 4 weeks at this time.  But we can do better.  We want to be there for survivors when they call. On Giving Tuesday on December 3rd and throughout the Giving Holiday Season we are asking those who support survivors to help us.  Please consider a donation to SSAIC. 

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What’s new at SSAIC?

We are Currently Recruiting for Facilitators for “I’m the Boss of Me” our school-based childhood sexual abuse prevention program.
SSAIC has been fortunate to be able to offer this school based program for over a decade in partnership with the Saskatoon Public Schools and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools Divisions. This program uses teacher lesson plans and an in-school puppet show presentation to deliver information to children in Grade 4 classrooms.  Volunteers are recruited from the larger community to deliver the presentation through the puppet show and small group discussion with the children following the show, and trained to help address any disclosures of sexual abuse from children. Find out more ….

Perpetrators of Childhood Sexual Abuse often use grooming behavior as a tactic in abusing children.  Learn about grooming and how to spot it if  you see it, here 

SSAIC is a proud member of Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan (SASS).  In May of 2019 SASS released the Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan. This Plan represents and honors the voices of survivors of sexual violence whose experiences inform 22 proposed Actions.

The 22 Actions will strengthen services, coordination, and prevention, and enable a more comprehensive response to sexual violence.

Please download and share the action plan so that we can all work together to end sexual violence in Saskatchewan and improve services to survivors who have been victims of sexual violence .

SASS Action Plan
Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan – Download

As part of the Action plan SASS also undertook research to garner a comprehensive understanding of sexual violence in Saskatchewan.  As part of this research SASS surveyed service providers, communities and survivors to examine instances of sexual assault among individuals in Saskatchewan, the context surrounding the assaults, the services used by sexual assault survivors, and their satisfaction with these services. The survey report is available for download here 

SASS Research Report infographic
Sexual Violence in Saskatchewan: A Survey Research Report (2019) – Download 

The Survey Research Report is a summary of the survey portion of the research. Stay tuned for the release of the full Research Findings Report which includes findings from interviews, focus groups and surveys which will be released at a later date.

A 50-metre long cloth representing The National Residential School Student Death Register – with 2,800 names of children was presented publicly for the first time on a scarlet banner at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau. It’s a permanent reminder of fatalities as a result of the government-funded education program that spanned more than 100 years and forcibly removed more than 150,000 Indigenous children from their families.

The registry’s creation is a response to a call from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which presented its findings in 2015 after documenting the legacy of the schools including their goal to indoctrinate children and extensive physical and sexual abuse suffered by thousands of students.

The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR), University of Manitoba a permanent home for documents and statements gathered by the TRC, says the list includes children who died while attending residential school, as well as those who became sick and died in a medical facility or gravely ill children who died after being sent home.  The Centre plans to update the memorial register with additional names as they are discovered.

For more information you can explore the website of the NCTR here 

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