Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2020 was a huge success – thank-you to all that participated or gained something of value this week. Hosting events during this time are a bit more challenging, but certainly still worthwhile. The resources and presentations from this week will remain available on this page.

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 event will commemorate the 15th annual Victims Week, the 20th anniversary of the Federal Victims Strategy, and five years since the Canadian Victims Bill of Rights came into force.

Thank-you to the Department of Justice, Government of Canada, for hosting this week!

SSAIC’s VSoCW 2020 Virtual Events

Live Event – “Investigation of Sexual Assaults”

Join our live conversation entitled “Investigation of Sexual Assaults” with James Repesse, Staff Sergeant of the Interpersonal Violence Section of the Saskatoon Police Service. Learn all about how sexual assault cases are reported

Registration is free, but donations are encouraged. James’ presentation will be recorded; be sure to register to receive the recording afterward!

Webinar – “Understanding Sexual Assault Trials”

Sexual assault news is often in the headlines of our media nowadays, but the legal proceedings behind each of these cases are often kept private. Dive into the inner workings of a sexual assault trial with our guest speaker and SSAIC Board Member, Linh Lê, Crown Prosecutor for Saskatoon Public Prosecutions and the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice.

New Resource – “What to Expect when Reporting a Sexual Assault”

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.

Reporting is a huge and personal decision. SSAIC supports all survivors, no matter what choice they make. We aim to empower survivors with all choices available to them, as well as connect them to relevant information needed to make those decisions. The criminal justice system can be daunting, and we hope this booklet makes it a little less so.

Government of Canada – Victims and Survivors of Crime Week 2020 Virtual Event

Recognizing Courage, Renewing Commitment

November 23, 2020 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (EST)

The deadline for registration is November 18, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. (EST). Personal and accommodation requests must be submitted by October 30, 2020. Registration for the event is free.

For questions, please contact

Benjamin Roebuck will be providing a keynote presentation on Violence, Resilience, and Post-Traumatic Change. Based on research with victims and survivors from across Canada, this presentation will explore how people navigate the aftermath of violence, adapt in adversity, and change through the process.