Happy November! It looks like the snow is here to stay; time to break out the parkas and snowshoes!

COVID-19 Update

With the unfortunate rise in cases of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan, SSAIC is remaining vigilant in our protection of our clients, staff, and the general public by keeping our office closed to walk-ins at this time. Our counsellors will continue to offer very limited face-to-face counselling appointments while working more remotely and offering primarily telephone counselling appointments.

SSAIC is proud to have remained available to survivors throughout the pandemic in one way or another, and we plan to keep it that way.

Connect with us at our office (306-244-2294) or on our social media accounts @SSAIC1 to stay engaged!

Our website is also a great resource for survivors and allies alike; check out our Survivor’s Toolkit for some handy coping strategies, or our Virtual Group Sessions for a 10-minute session on trauma.

What’s Going on at SSAIC

We are excited to welcome our newest staff member, Joelle, to our counselling team! Joelle will be the voice behind many of our intake calls, helping clients get connected with a counsellor at our agency and answering questions from the public. We are so excited to welcome Joelle to our team!

Our newest training, Supporting Survivors of Sexualized Violence (SST), has been a huge success so far! SSAIC is proud to offer this training in two formats (2-Hour or Full Day) to fit into any ally’s schedule.

SST was created by SSAIC and designed to train professionals and community members alike to receive disclosures and support survivors in a compassionate and trauma-informed way. Register now and learn more about the program here.

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is a federal campaign that brings awareness to agencies across the country that provide services to folks that have experienced a crime. Although the week is usually hosted in May, due to COVID-19, the 2020 event is now virtual and being held November 22 – 28. This year’s theme will surround the investigation and prosecution of sexual assaults.

SSAIC will be recognizing Victims and Survivors of Crime Week in three ways:

  1. Join our live conversation entitled “Investigation of Sexual Assaults” with James Repesse, Staff Sergeant of the Interpersonal Violence Section of the Saskatoon Police Service. Get the Zoom link by registering here – registration is free, but donations are encouraged. James’ presentation will be recorded; be sure to register to receive the recording afterward!
  2. Watch our pre-recorded webinar, “Understanding Sexual Assault Trials”, with SSAIC Board Member, Linh Lê, Crown Prosecutor for Saskatoon Public Prosecutions and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice. Dive into the inner workings of a sexual assault trial and the role of a Crown Prosecutor here.
  3. View our newest booklet, “What to Expect when Reporting a Sexual Assault”, electronically on our website. This booklet is designed to fully inform survivors who are considering reporting sexualized violence on everything involved in the process of reporting, investigating, and prosecuting sexual assaults.

Entertainment & Learning

Our Fall Learning Workshop Series continues to roll throughout the snowfall! Join us in one (or both) of our last two fall webinars: “Shifting the Culture of Sexual Harassment” and “Restoring Hope: Human Trafficking in Saskatchewan”.

Join our incredible guest speakers in some online learning over the next few weeks (P.S. these webinars qualify for most continued learning requirements). Register here – all webinars are free, but donations are encouraged. Webinars are recorded, so be sure to register if you’re interested, even if you can’t attend live.

20 Ways Trauma Therapy is Really Different Nowadays
The Facts About Sexual Assault and Harassment – Canadian Women’s Foundation

Sexual assault and harassment are persistent forms of gender-based violence that are rooted in gender inequality.

In fact, sexual assault is the only violent crime in Canada that is not declining. Its impact goes far beyond survivors; dealing with the aftermath of sexual assault costs Canadians billions of dollars every year. Read more…

Learn more about sexual harassment from our webinar with Nicole White and Hilary Peterson, “Shifting the Culture on Sexual Harassment”.

Sexualized Violence in the News

Sexual-assault testimonies of intellectually disabled people should be judged free from stereotypes: Supreme Court, The Globe and Mail
Man Perfectly Explains Women’s “Rage” Using Brutal Analogy So All Men Can Finally Understand It, Twenty Two Words
At least 92,000 have filed sex abuse claims against Boy Scouts, legal team says, CNN
Records military fought to keep secret show pedophile priest had multiple child victims, Ottawa Citizen
A Tribute to Two Saskatoon Police Officers, Saskatoon Police Victim Services

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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 fully stocked with plenty of our 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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Stay safe and healthy!

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