SSAIC is open! We are currently serving clients of sexualized violence over the telephone only and proving public education virtually. Due to the increase of COVID-19 cases in Saskatchewan, SSAIC is closed to walk-ins and in-person counselling 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
“I’m the Boss of Me” Season Updates
We almost didn’t run “I’m the Boss of Me” this year.
How do we adapt an interactive puppet show into a virtual presentation? Will the impact get lost? Is the content too heavy?
These are all questions we considered in our decision to develop a virtual format of our programming for 2021.
“I’m the Boss of Me” is SSAIC’s child sexual abuse education program for Grade 4 students that runs annually between January and March. Our puppet show tells the story of four friends, two of whom have experienced sexual abuse, as they learn that sexual abuse is not their fault, that it should never be kept a secret, and that there are people who will believe children and provide help and support.
Thank-you so much to every teacher, administrator, and school counsellor that has adapted with us; all of our hard work ensures that the students learn that abuse is never their fault! And a huge thank-you to all of our volunteer facilitators; “ITBOM” would be nothing without you!
Learn more about “I’m the Boss of Me” at SSAIC.ca/ITBOM.
Entertainment & Learning
Winter Learning Workshop Series
Is anyone else still wearing pajamas to work on their couch? We won’t judge you – research shows that comfy clothes create a better learning environment.*
Keep joining our seasonal Online Learning Workshops from the comfort of your home. Check out the two offerings in our Winter Learning Workshop Series (P.S. they’re coming up fast!) and be sure to snag your spot at SSAIC.ca/WLWS.
*Personal research sources, not officially based on science.
Supporting Survivors of Sexualized Violence Training
Survivors of sexualized violence exist all around us; 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys are affected before age 18.
You know survivors; they are your siblings, your coworkers, your clients. But do you know what they need?
Join us for our upcoming session of Supporting Survivors of Sexualized Violence Training on March 10th to learn what to say, what NOT to say, and how your unconscious biases may be impacting your ability to be a strong support person.
Register online today at SSAIC.ca/SST (more dates are available on our website)!
Sexualized Violence in the News
Saskatoon police officer named in lawsuit denies allegation of sexual assault, CTV News
A Saskatoon police constable accused of sexual assault and abuse of power is denying allegations against him by a woman, claiming she was the one who made advances towards him. Angela Skjonsby (pictured) says she wants her experiences to be made public in an effort to inspire other potential victims to come forward. Read more…
‘Untested Evidence’: Sexual assault survivors struggle to access rape kits in Canada, CTV News
By the early 80s, when rape kits first became available to police, they were praised as an important breakthrough. But now, years later, She Matters – an advocacy group for sexual assault survivors has found that the kits are not as accessible as they need to be. A team of volunteers called over 700 hospitals across Canada to look for information on sexual assault evidence kits. What they found startled them: 41 per cent of hospitals in Canada do not have these kits on site. Read more…
A notes on publication bans, Victim Services – Saskatoon Police Service’s Facebook Page
An important part of our job is to inform victims of their rights. One very important right is that to privacy. Please be careful when sharing posts made by members of the public that put perpetrators “on blast”. Victims and survivors have the right to tell their own stories IF and WHEN THEY want to and on their own terms. 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 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!