Welcome to the April edition of the SSAIC monthly newsletter. We hope you had a restful holiday weekend.
This month we are happy to share some new blog posts on the topic of consent. Stephanie Locke (MSW/RSW), a member of our counselling team, has written two in-depth posts on the basics of consent and affirmative consent. We get a lot of questions on the topic, and Steph took some time to really break it down. If you’re more of a visual learner, check out this hilarious and informative video that’s been making the rounds for a few years.
SSAIC would also like to welcome Morgan Price, BSW/RSW, to her full-time role as counsellor and program coordinator for our long-running child sexual abuse prevention program, I’m the Boss of Me.
Read on for more program updates and general information— thank you for being a part of our online community!
- New First Responder to Sexual Assault training course dates for 2019-20 have been scheduled. If you are someone who wants to learn how to better support survivors of sexual violence, this course is for you! Visit our website for more information.
- SSAIC’s child sexual abuse prevention program, “I’m the Boss of Me”, completed its 13th successful season thanks to the support from our 42 volunteers!
3,368 Grade 4 students from 128 classrooms in the Saskatoon Public and Catholic systems were happy to meet our puppets and learn about their right to say no to unwanted touch, and who to ask for help when someone violates their body autonomy.
Not sure how to have the consent conversation with your children? This short, fun, informative video will get you started!
April 7 – 13 was National Volunteer Week, and SSAIC would like to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who support the organization: Our Board of Directors, who help to shape the mission and vision with their expertise; our puppeteers, who donate their time to child sexual abuse prevention; and to our graphic design and fund development volunteers who lend us their talents and skills.
SSAIC is a stronger, more effective organization because of your contributions to the work we do!
Stay tuned: Sexual Assault Awareness Week is May 12 – 18 in the province of Saskatchewan. Our provincial body, Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan will be making a big announcement on Monday, May 13.