May 2017 ENews Flash SAAM 
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In This Issue:

1. May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM): 
  •   Pace Sexual Assault Centre, Grande Prairie
    • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – May 12, 2017
  • Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton
    • We Believe: The Art of Healing – May 25, 2017
    • How do you picture love?
  • University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre
  • Saffron Sexual Assault Centre, Sherwood Park
    • Consent Event! – May 27, 2017
  • Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, Red Deer
    • Day of Respect – May 28, 2017
  • Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse
    • #SAAM Social Media
    • Sexual Assault Awareness Booth – May 10, 2017
  • Waypoints Sexual Assault and Abuse Program
    • Kick-Off BBQ – April 27, 2017
    • Party With Consent at Town Hall – May 26, 2017
  • Dragonfly Sexual Assault Services, Bonnyville
  • Association of Communities Against Sexual Abuse (ACAA), Stettler
    • Shimmy Mob - May 13th, 2017
    • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – June 10, 2017
  • Lloydminster Sexual Assault & Information Centre
    • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – May 11, 2017
  • Southeastern Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC), Medicine Hat
    • Spring Beauty Gala – May 6, 2017
    • Never Give Up! Charity BBQ – May 13, 2017
    • Shoe Try On Event – May 25, 2017
    • Walk a Mile in Her Shoes – June 3, 2017
  • Sexual Violence Action Committee, Lethbridge
    • Community and Agency Action for #SAAM
2. AASAS Training:
  • First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training
  • Counselling Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence
May is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (#SAAM)

Sexual violence occurs throughout the world and Alberta is no exception. When asked by Statistics Canada, 677,000 Canadians reported having experienced sexual assault in the past five years (McInturff, 2013).  While victims of sexual violence cut across age, gender, ability, race and culture, research shows that women and girls are disproportionately the victims of all types of sexual violence (Gorman, 2012; VicHealth, 2007; World Association for Sexual Health, 2008; WHO, 2010).  As widespread as these crimes are the acceptance and discussion of sexual violence continues to be plagued with tremendous societal stigma which results in continued silence, inadequate resources for prevention and intervention, and low levels of reporting.  Sexual violence is the most under reported violent crime in Canada.

For over forty years, communities in Alberta, led by community based sexual assault centres, have pioneered the development of sexual violence services. Joined in partnership with the Government of Alberta in 2004, the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) continues to strive to ensure that all Albertans affected by sexual violence have access to healing and recovery programs, services and support.  Recently, AASAS partnered with the Government of Alberta and Alberta’s Post-Secondary Institutions to launch the hugely successful I Believe You campaign #IBelieveYou.  Albertans today are more than ever, engaged to address and end sexual violence in our communities. 
The Government of Ontario recognizes the month of May, as a time to raise awareness about the devastating impact of sexual assault and focus on the measures being taken to stop violence and support survivors.  
Please join the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services in celebrating Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM)!  

The goal of SAAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Sexual violence is a major public health, human rights and social justice issue. We need everyone’s help to end it.  Together, we can increase Alberta’s awareness of the issue of sexual violence, the impacts on individuals and communities, as well as increase access to healing services and supports for all Albertans impacted by sexual violence.  

To celebrate #SAAM we are outlining the services offered at our member agencies across the province, and highlighting some of their SAAM plans and activities:

10031 103 Avenue

Grande Prairie

P.A.C.E. has nearly 30 staff members who facilitate the many different programs & services offered.

“The community treatment program provides support and services to children, youth, and adults who have been traumatized and sexually abused. Services may include one-on-one counselling, couples therapy, or educational sessions.”

“Pace is proud to offer training designed specifically for community members, professionals, students, first responders, and frontline workers in our Region. Sessions are facilitated by professional, skilled, and enthusiastic instructors with decades of training and experience, making this training invaluable.”

  • They provide links to their services and other resources on their website
  • In addition to counselling Pace provides educational programming, including AASAS’ First Responder to Sexual Assault and Sexual Abuse Training

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activity: Walk a Mile in Her Shoes!



Suite 205, 14964 - 121A Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta

8:30-5:30 Monday-Thursday

“An important part of the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton's (SACE) mandate is to provide a safe and supportive space where survivors of sexual abuse and sexual assault can exercise their resiliency and strength in healing from trauma. To do so, we offer both individual and group counselling to survivors of sexual violence.”

  • 24 hour sexual assault crisis line 780-423-4121
  • Diversity/Outreach program
  • Court support and accompaniment
  • Links to community resources
  • Education, online and in person. Including AASAS’ First Responder Training

“We believe challenging myths, educating the public on the facts about sexual violence, and holding offenders of sexual violence 100% responsible are the first steps in sexual violence prevention.”

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activity, We Believe: 
The Art Of Healing

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton would like to invite you to our 4th annual fundraising gala, We Believe: The Art of Healing, on May 25th, 2017 in the beautiful Hall D of the Shaw Conference Centre. The evening will include musical entertainment, a plated dinner, live painting, as well as silent and live auctions. This year we are pleased to announce that Jillian Marino, principal of John D. Bracco school, is joining us as our Keynote Speaker to share her story of hope, strength, and victory in her healing journey after sexual assault. We hope you will join us as we honour the resilience of all survivors of sexual violence and celebrate the art of healing! Tickets can be purchased at

“We are passionate about the power of art to heal our clients who have experienced sexualized violence. Trauma is not talked into us, so it can’t always be talked out of us. Art provides a perfect forum to express what’s true on our healing journey.” Says Executive Director Mary Jane James, “This is why we have chosen the art of healing as the theme for this contest, and for our upcoming gala, We Believe: The art of healing.” 

How do you picture love?

Running from March 20 to May 15, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) is inviting Edmonton artists of all ages to submit their love and healing-themed art and photography for a contest, called Picture Love

Entries must be received by 12am on May 20th. This is an all ages art and photography contest.  Winners will be drawn at random from accepted entries and announced over social media. Artists must be from Edmonton or the Greater Edmonton area. Work must be family friendly and adhere to the themes of love and healing. Work must be original. You must be the creator of the artwork and submitted image file you or your approved representative sends to our contest. SACE is not responsible for any infringement on copyrighted materials for submitted work. Artists retain all copyright to their work. Work used by SACE will include credits to the artist. Entering grants SACE non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce images of your artwork on the SACE website, social media accounts, and in promotion of future campaigns.  

Visit the SACE website for more information, and to enter, submit your jpeg or PNG file, along with your name and phone number to

University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre

2-705 Students' Union Building (SUB) University of Alberta

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday* *evening hours based on volunteer availability.

“The University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre provides a safe place on campus where unconditional support, confidentiality, respect, and advocacy are available for those affected by sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and stalking. The U of A Sexual Assault Centre strives for a campus community free of sexual violence.”

  • Support and counselling; drop-in, phone, email
  • Advocacy
  • Support for friends and family
  • Accompaniment for medical treatment, and for those who wish to report their experience
  • Referrals to resources
  • Education


“Working to support the healing and empowerment of those who have been affected by sexual assault, abuse and sexual violence; and to promote change in attitudes, beliefs and social norms.”

Seeds of Healing Therapy

Effective therapy looks not only at the surface of the problem, but the underlying individual, intrapersonal, familial, social, and cultural issues. We work at providing outstanding service and care to victims of:

  • Recent or historical sexual assault, and sexual abuse
  • Sexual violence, including sexual exploitation
  • Recent or historical childhood sexual assault, and/or abuse
  • PTSD as a result of sexual trauma

These services are also provided to caregivers and supporters of sexual assault, sexual abuse or sexual violence.

Support for Victims of Crime

Information and assistance available for applying for Financial Benefits and Restitution and writing Victim Impact Statements. Court Preparation and Court Accompaniment also available.”

  • Counselling
  • Education

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activity:

Consent Event!


Link to register:

A201, 5212 – 48 Street, Red Deer AB

  • Counselling
  • Outreach
  • Education
  • Support
  • Crisis response
  • Court support

“We deliver our programs to audiences from age 4 to 94. The crime of sexual assault has no boundaries. It affects people of all ages, races, religions and socio-economic groups.”

“A key goal of the CASASC Education Program is to raise public awareness of the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault in our society while encouraging a sense of community responsibility.”


Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activity: Proclamation, May 28th Proclaimed the Official Day of Respect in Red Deer.

Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse
1-877-237-5888 Toll free support and information line

Northland Building
Suite 700, 910 – 7th Avenue S.W.
Calgary, Alberta

“Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse is the primary sexual assault and sexual abuse crisis and education service provider for Calgary and surrounding areas.”

“CCASA provides specialized and individualized services to address the needs of sexual abuse and sexual assault survivors, their significant others, and the broader community. CCASA provides safe, accessible, professional services, for people of all races, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, or genders through providing seven core services: crisis intervention, counselling, education, outreach, police & court support, a volunteer program and leadership in the coordination of services related to sexual abuse and sexual assault.”

  • Community outreach and education
  • Crisis intervention and counselling
  • Education, including AASAS FRT
  • PACES  - Police and Court Education  and Support
  • Who Do You Tell?

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities:

Join CCASA all month on social media to raise awareness around sexual assault services and prevention. Each week of May will have a different theme.

Week 1 (May 1-7) - Raising Awareness about Sexual Violence

Week 2 (May 8-14) - #IBY / Support Strategies 

Week 3 (May 15- 21) - Resiliency and Healing

Week 4 (May 22- 31) - Strategies for Ending Sexual Violence

Awareness Booth!

CCASA will be hosting an awareness booth on Wednesday May 10th at the Sheldon Chumir Health Centre from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm. This booth will raises awareness of CCASA services and the issue of sexual violence in our communities and what support is available to individuals impacted by this issue.

Please stay tuned for additional CCASA information and events coming up for Sexual Assault Awareness Month in May.

Waypoints Sexual Assault Program

Waypoints' Sexual Assault & Abuse Program provides client support and advocacy, counselling, and education to children, women and men in the Wood Buffalo Region. Services are free of charge and are open to all people, regardless of ethnic heritage, faith, gender, culture, age, or sexual orientation.”

  • Education
  • Crisis line
  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Referrals
Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activity, I ‘mustache’ you for consent:

Dragonfly Sexual Assault Centre

Unit 1004 4313 50 Ave
Room #243 Bonnyville & District Centennial Centre (C2 Centre)

1-866-594-0533 – 24 hr helpline

“Dragonfly Counselling and Support Centre is a non-profit, charity organization that provides sexual assault services to the community and to those who have been impacted by sexual violence. Men, women and children are welcome to access our free and confidential services”

  • Counselling
  • Education
  • Referrals
  • Advocacy, information and support
Association of Communities Against Abuse

5005 47 St. Stettler, Alberta
403)742-3558 or Toll Free: 1(866)807-3558

  • Education
  • Counselling – outreach and community locations

“ACAA is dedicated to the prevention of emotional, physical and sexual child abuse and promotes safe, healthy, well-functioning children, families and communities through preventive education and treatment.”

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activity, Save the Date!  Walk a Mile in Her Shoes June 10, 2017.

Shimmy Mob, Save the Date!

Breaking the world record every year, belly dancers plan to break it again on May 13th, 2017 while raising funds for the women's shelter. 

1-306-825-8255 -24 hr. crisis line
5011 – 49 Ave, Lloydminster, SK

“LSAIC believes that voices of survivors of sexual violence should be heard; that each individual is unique. Our Crisis Interventionists provide a client-centered approach to individual sessions, meeting the client in their moment. Our agency is a place of safety, confidentiality and hope.”

  • Counselling
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Education
  • SART
  • Hospital, RCMP and Court accompaniment
  • Little Bear Child Advocacy Centre

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activity, Walk a Mile in Her Shoes:

Sexual Assault Response Committee

640 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat

“Realizing there was a need in the community to provide support to survivors of sexual assault, a grassroots effort brought like-minded people together in the late 1980s. Over the years, the Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC) grew into a government grant and donation funded organization. With funding now available, SARC was able to expand its services in the community and reach more people requiring help.”

  • Counselling
  • Network navigation
  • Education
  • Awareness campaigns
  • Training, including AASAS’ First Responder Training

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities: Spring Beauty Gala; Never Give Up! Charity BBQ; Shoe Try On Event; and Walk a Mile in Her Shoes

Spring Beauty Gala – May 6

Shoppers Drug Mart has chosen SARC as the sponsored charity for this fun Spring event. Get a makeover or personal skin consultation, test new products, and feel beautiful! This event will take place at both Medicine Hat Shoppers Drug Mart locations. 100% of donations plus $5 from each ticket sold will go directly to SARC to support the counselling program. 

Never Give Up! Charity BBQ – May 13

Never Give Up! and Cornerstone Sobeys have partnered with SARC to hold a fundraising BBQ to bring awareness to the prevention of domestic and sexual violence. Never Give Up’s mission is to raise our voice to ensure the issue of domestic violence would be heard. Through fundraising, survivors can have a safe haven and much needed time to rebuild their self-esteem and strength to move forward in a positive and healthy way. This BBQ will help promote SARC’s annual Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event and all proceeds will go directly to SARC to support the education and counselling programs.

640 3rd Street SE, Medicine Hat


Call (403) 320-1881 to speak with a sexual assault advocate

“SVAC is a standing committee of professionals dedicated to providing leadership, coordination and a unified voice on issues related to sexual violence in southwestern Alberta.”  

The committee meets monthly to discuss issues with respect to sexual violence.  Topics and actions may include:

  • Discussion of various aspects of sexual assault investigations, prosecutions, counseling, support, community education, awareness, etc. that are impacting the community
  • Organizing or participating in training events in the community related to responding and/or preventing sexual violence
  • Applying for grants/funding to advance committee projects
  • Raising concerns over local processes or shortcomings regarding sexual assault investigations, counseling and victim support in Southwestern Alberta.

Sexual Assault Awareness Month Activities: Community and Agency Action for Sexual Assault Awareness Month #SAAM: 

The Lethbridge Sexual Violence Action Committee (SVAC) is celebrating Sexual Assault Awareness Month through Community and individual Agency action.  As a collaborative community committee, the SVAC works both collaboratively and as individual agencies to raise awareness of sexual violence and the resources in their community.  Lethbridge, keep your eyes peeled for SVAC postcards this May!  And check out the newly re-designed SVAC website for #SAAM messages and information,

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training


What will Participants Learn?

This training is intended to build the capacity of professionals, paraprofessionals and community members to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Survivors who receive safe and supportive responses to disclosures of sexual violence are more likely to reach out for help from medical and counselling services and/ or report to police. First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™ is a comprehensive two day training, inclusive of the full continuum of sexual violence and across the lifespan.

Upcoming Trainings:

  • May. 2 – 3, 2017   Lethbridge 
  • May. 9 - 10, 2017   Calgary  (Training is now full)
  • Jun. 5 - 6, 2017    Edmonton  (Registration is open) 
  • Jun. 22 - 23, 2017   Bonnyville  (Please contact to request registration)

Stay tuned at for an upcoming training in Calgary!

If you would like to coordinate a First Responder Training in your community, organization, or institution – please contact Katie Roberton at to set up a training. 

Upcoming Counselling Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence Course

The Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) is thrilled to announce an upcoming Counselling Adult Survivors of Sexual Violence Course, taking place in an online classroom from September 14 – December 7, 2017.  

What will Students Learn?

This course offers an integrative, mindfulness-based approach to ongoing assessment and interventions with adult survivors (all genders) of sexual assault and childhood sexual abuse. It draws on the most current theory including feminist, attachment, regulation, and interpersonal neurobiology; and evidence-based practices, including mindfulness, cognitive, emotion-centred, somatic, neurofeedback and other emergent approaches for trauma, addiction and mental health.

Who Is This Course For?: 

This 12 week online integrative course is designed for counselors, therapists, and other mental health practitioners who may wish to work with survivors of sexual violence, or who may be already working with survivors and would like to more deeply inform their counselling practice. Registrants must have, at a minimum, a bachelors level education in a social or health services discipline and/or are registered/licensed with a professional association that maintains a code of ethics and standards of practice that provide parameters for the registrant’s scope of practice. Special considerations may be accommodated on a case by case basis.

Participant Feedback about the Course:

  • “I really enjoyed every part of this course… I felt my instructors were very informative and presented the course great”
  • “I very much appreciated how comprehensive this course was”
  • “I feel I learned things about myself and am aware of it now”

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