As a non-profit, charitable, organization dedicated to taking a leadership role in responding to sexualized violence in our community, SSAIC is proud to deliver the following public education initiatives in and around the community of Saskatoon. If you need help finding an appropriate service partner in an area outside of Saskatoon, please consult the Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan website (SASS) for someone in your area who may be able to help.
There are also downloadable resources available through our website.
For questions regarding any public education presentation listed below, please contact our office.
First Responder to Sexual Assault Training (FRT)
This 2-day intensive course is designed for professionals and paraprofessionals who may receive a disclosure of sexual abuse/assault as a part of their work with children, youth, and adults, or vulnerable populations including new Canadians and people with disabilities. Crisis workers, those who work in mental health and addictions, teachers and administrators can all benefit from this course which explains the impacts of sexual violence throughout a lifetime, the communication skills needed to provide an effective response, and appropriate referral resources.
Offered multiple times a year, this course is facilitated by accredited SSAIC staff and hosted in our home, the Saskatoon Community Service Village. Learn more about the First Responder training program and upcoming dates here.
There is a registration fee for this 2-day course which includes meals and training materials.
“I’m the Boss of Me”: Child 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 School Division and the Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools. “I’m the Boss of Me” is a puppet show presentation for Grade 4 students facilitated by trained volunteers, and provides teachers with lesson plans to engage the students in conversation on this difficult but ever-important topic. The students learn what sexual abuse is, that they are not to blame if this is happening to them, not to keep it a secret, and how to get the help and support they need. 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. Learn more about “I’m the Boss of Me” here.
This program relies on funding support from our partners, as well as grant and sponsorship funding from the community for delivery. There are no fees for teachers or schools requesting this program.
Information Sessions for Non-Profits
Information sessions for non-profit organizations who support individuals who are at an increased risk of sexual victimization due to addictions, poverty, racism, disability, their status as immigrants or refugees, members of the LGBTQ2S community, and others.
We can offer two types of presentations:
A 1-2 hour presentation for your clients; topics covered typically include:
- Definitions of sexual violence (harassment, abuse, assault)
- Consent and the law
- Impacts of sexual violence on victims and survivors
- SSAIC and other local supports
- The criminal justice process
A 1-2 hour in-service for your staff; topics typically include:
- Sexual victimization in recent and historical contexts
- The law related to sexual harassment, abuse, and assault
- Criminal justice processes
- The impacts of sexual violence on victims and survivors
- How to best support victims of sexualized violence
- Referral resources in Saskatoon
We do not charge our peer organizations for these presentations; however, we may request an in-service for our staff in return.
Information Sessions for Medical and Legal/Law Enforcement Professionals
If you work in a medical or law enforcement/legal profession, please contact SSAIC to discuss your needs. Topics typically include:
- Myths related to sexual violence
- The effects of trauma on memory and recall
- Impacts on the victims, long and short-term
- Best practices in working with victims of sexual violence
- Referral resources for mental health support in Saskatoon
- Other topics as requested
The cost for this kind of presentation will be between $150- $500 depending on the length and complexity of the presentation. SSAIC will invoice your organization for the agreed-upon amount after a consultation on the specifics of your request.
Post-Secondary Requests for a Guest Speaker
SSAIC staff will be available in November and December to provide a presentation on sexual assault, as we use this time to recruit post-secondary students who are looking for volunteer experience to support our child sexual abuse prevention program, “I’m the Boss of Me”.
If you are interested in this presentation, please email our office and our program coordinator will be in touch to schedule a date. There is no cost associated with this presentation.
Presentation requests in other months of the year will be accommodated depending on capacity.
Elementary/High School Classroom Presentations
We are not able to accommodate these requests at this time (with the exception of our Grade 4 “I’m the Boss of Me” child sexual abuse prevention program).
If you have students struggling with the sharing of intimate images, please work with your assigned School Resource Officer or contact the Saskatoon Police/your local RCMP Detachment.