April AASAS Happenings.
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AASAS Happenings

AASAS Special Projects:

In March AASAS was pleased to present to a Multi-Ministry Committee of Alberta Government stakeholders, with colleagues from Human Services Ministry, Alberta Health Ministry and Justice and Solicitor General.  AASAS provided an overview and update on our current Special Projects:

AASAS Public Awareness Campaign:

“I Believe You” - Believing is a powerful defense against sexual assault.  Set to launch in the fall, this campaign will inspire friends, family and support people to utilize three simple words that will make a difference in someone’s life. Believing is one of the simplest and most effective ways to encourage survivors to come forward and help stop sexual assault.  Stay tuned for more updates from this exciting initiative.

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™:

AASAS’ provincial training program First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™ is expanding. As of the Spring AASAS is undergoing centralization of coordination and administration of the training program across the province and we are in the midst of developing a standardized model for training new Facilitators in our community of practice. Stay tuned for more updates and training opportunities.

Collaborative Community Response:

Did you know that there are just four sexual assault response teams in Alberta?  There are collaborative community response to recent sexual assault models in place in the communities of Lethbridge, Calgary, Red Deer and Edmonton. Using a community development model the AASAS Collaborative Community Response Coordinator is working to increase that by supporting other communities in Alberta to formalize and coordinate their own multidisciplinary response to recent sexual assault.  

Through this process the communities of Medicine Hat and Fort McMurray are well into the business of establishing policies and protocols to ensure that victims of sexual assault receive specialized, timely and accessible wrap around services and supports.  We are thrilled that an additional ten communities are mobilizing towards establishing collaborative community responses to recent sexual assault in their own communities.

Prevalence Study - Sexual Offenses Against Children in Alberta:

AASAS is undertaking a research study to understand the prevalence of sexual offenses against children in Alberta. The study will explore the following key areas: What is the prevalence of sexual offenses against children among the general population of Alberta?; What is the prevalence of sexual offenses against children among the five Alberta Health Services zones?; and What is the prevalence of sexual offenses against children among Albertans who are Aboriginal, Metis and Inuit or members of visible minority groups?

Training Curriculum for Counselors Working with Adults Who Have Experienced Recent or Historical Sexualized Trauma:

AASAS is developing an accessible, cost-effective and specialized training curriculum for counselors working with adults who have experienced both recent and/or historical sexual assault and sexual abuse.


AASAS Member Agency Initiatives:

Medicine Hat Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC)

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes
On May, 31st, 2014 at the Spectrum Riverside Veterans Memorial Park.  Each year, an ever-increasing number of men, women and their families are joining Walk a Mile in Her Shoes: The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes is a fun opportunity for men to educate the community about a very serious subject and to rally the community to take action to prevent sexualized violence.  To find out more or to register please click here.

Lethbridge Sexual Violence Action Committee

The Domestic Violence Action Team (DVAT), a member of the Lethbridge Sexual Violence Action Committee, is hosting a two-day Bystander Engagement / Impact of Violence on Children Conference on May 6 and 7, 2015.  This conference will provide participants with a unique opportunity to receive training on bystander engagement and learn more about the impacts of violence on children.
To register contact Bill Kaye:
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