AASAS Monthly News Flash
May 2014

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Welcome to the monthly E-News Flash from the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS). 

This month, AASAS would like to share some exciting news surrounding the Minister’s Forum on Child Sexual Abuse on May 8th at the University of Calgary.

Hosted by the Honourable Manmeet S. Bhullar, Minister of Human Services and Associate Minister Sandra Jansen, the forum will bring together decision makers, front line service providers and care givers together to talk about best practices, offer information on child sexual abuse and provide input into Alberta's Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse Action Plan.

Many of the AASAS Member Centres and/or Services will be giving presentations on prevention and intervention strategies and outlining some of the excellent work that is being done across the province highlighting emerging research and best practices in the area of child sexual abuse.

To learn more about the Minister’s Forum on Child Sexual Abuse or to register for this event please visit:
AASAS Research Papers on Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault

AASAS and its member agencies are continuously working toward providing information, services and support for all individuals affected by sexual violence through various programs, initiatives and building our library of resources.

AASAS has added three more research papers to our Resources Library on our website that address primary prevention of sexual violence, the interconnections between domestic abuse and sexual violence and risk and protective factors for child sexual abuse:

1. Primary Prevention of Sexual Violence: Preliminary Research 
This report was created with Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence.
The report focuses specifically on primary prevention strategies for sexual violence, with a particular focus on sexual assault.
While acknowledging that primary prevention research in this area is still in its infancy and therefore somewhat limited, this report pulls together the most current thinking from experts in this field.

To access the research paper link here:

2. Scoping Review of Sexual Violence Plans from Around the World

This report was created in partnership with Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence, and surveys the scope of sexual violence locally, nationally and internationally as well as factors that both prevent and contribute to sexual violence. The report highlights the best available research evidence in the area of sexual violence primary prevention.
To access the research paper link here:
3. Child Sexual Abuse: A Cursory review of Risk and Protective Factors for Victimization and Perpetration
Child sexual abuse is a serious issue.
The following report provides an overview of risk and protective factors for both child sexual abuse victims and perpetrators and provides recommendations for consideration.
To access the research paper link here:

AASAS Member Agency Initiatives:

Lloydminster Sexual Assault & Information Centre (LSAIC)
In recognition of May being Sexual Assault Awareness month, LSAIC is offering a Child Sexual Abuse Workshop on May 5 that will educate parents on signs and impacts of sexual abuse, how to talk to children about sexual abuse and offender realities.

For more information on the workshop or to register, please call Heather at 306-825-8255.

Saffron Centre Ltd
Saffron Centre will be holding its first AASAS First Responder two day training workshop on June 4th and 5th. The training workshop will provide participants with education and skill development in responding to disclosures of sexual abuse and sexual assault. Participants will be trained in the immediate and longer term impacts of sexual abuse and sexual assault and will learn necessary skills to be able to respond to disclosures of all types of sexual violence.

For information on this training workshop please e-mail Preregistration is required prior to May 20, 2014.

SAFFRON Centre will also be hosting Play Therapy Training from the Rocky Mountain Play Therapy Institute on September 15-18 2014. The training will be four days onsite plus one day online. Content includes children and trauma with a module on sexually abused children and adolescents.

For information on the course content link here: and click on Certificate in Play-Based Treatment of Trauma. To register, please contact Deborah at (780) 449-0900 or email  Registration is capped at 40 participants.

Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA)
CCASA was invited to participate in a sexual harassment information and awareness video that was showcased at the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo on the weekend of April 24-27th.

To view the video that was created for this event ‘Cosplay is Not Consent’ please visit

***To find out more about AASAS member agencies/services or to link directly to their websites, please visit the AASAS website member link at

Please forward this to anyone you think would benefit from learning about what the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services and its member agencies/services are doing to bring awareness of the issue of sexual violence in their communities and what they are doing to create an Alberta free from sexual abuse and sexual assault.

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