AASAS Monthly News Flash

November 2014
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AASAS Strategic Plan 2014-2017
AASAS has finalized its strategic plan for 2014-2017 which outlines our collective vision, mission, goals, strategies and actions for the next few years. 
Within our plan, we have identified four goals:
  1. Ensure the inclusion of sexual assault and sexual abuse in government policy and legislative frameworks
  2. Ensure that all Albertans have access to safe, effective, coordinated and identifiable services
  3. Ensure standards of excellence in service delivery
  4. Elevate awareness and understanding of the issues of sexual assault and sexual abuse
The AASAS Strategic Plan 2014-2017 can be accessed from our website at:

Government of Alberta Minister's Forum on Child Sexual Abuse 
The Government of Alberta Minister's Forum on Child Sexual Abuse on May 8th, 2014 was a very important initiative which brought awareness of child sexual abuse as well as to the excellent work that is being done across the province to highlight emerging research and best practices.

The videos from this forum have now fully been uploaded and are accessible for viewing. Please follow the link to the AASAS website Resources section to view the updated videos:

AASAS Member Agency Initiatives:

SAFFRON Centre (Strathcona Sexual Assault Centre) is delivering the AASAS First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™ to the members of the Edmonton Victim Services Units on November 6th and 7th 2014.
This 2 day workshop will provide participants with education and skill development in the following areas:

  • Definitions, myths & laws about the various types of sexual abuse & sexual assault
  • Immediate & long term impacts of sexual abuse & sexual assault
  • Skills to respond to disclosures of sexual abuse & sexual assault

To book a training for your organization, please contact SAFFRON at 780.449.0900 or e-mail
Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC)
On October 28th and 29th 2014, SARC held a two day Brighter Communities Together Conference in Medicine Hat with a focus on developing enhanced collaborative approaches specific to family and sexual violence through capacity building, confidence building and networking opportunities.

The conference was a tremendous success and SARC had participants in attendance from regions from all over the province.

Debra Tomlinson, CEO AASAS presented the soon to be released AASAS Sexual Violence Action Plan at the conference and outlined some of the planned, strategic and coordinated solutions to addressing sexual violence provincially.

AASAS will launch the finalized AASAS Sexual Violence Action Plan within the next few months.

Lloydminster Sexual Assault & Information Centre (LSAIC)
On October 28th and 29th 2014, LSAIC delivered a two day trauma informed training conference for service providers that offer counselling and support services to explore new paradigms and challenge the traditional understanding of the recovery and healing process for individuals impacted by sexual violence.

The conference theme was "Mind Body Connections to Becoming Trauma Informed" and explored:
  • Neurobiology of trauma through current brain research
  • Well being/resilience and how it applies to trauma
  • Increasing comfort level and confidence in working with people affected by trauma
  • Mindful practices through experiential exercises
  • Trauma Exposure Response (Vicarious Trauma)

Approx 20 people attended from various professional backgrounds in education, mental health, recovery, grief, justice and sexual assault services. The participants learned that trauma informed approaches can be successfully integrated with other models of practice. Thank you to LSAIC for such an informative conference!
***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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Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services
700, 910 7th Ave SW
Calgary, AB
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