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January 2019
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Alberta Initiatives

Inspiration Awards

Member agency Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse received an Inspiration Award for working with the Calgary Police Service to become the first major police service in Canada to implement “The Philadelphia Model”, a case review model that is considered the Gold Standard in sexual assault investigations.

Bill Kaye was also recognized for his advocacy and lobbying to establish AASAS's new member agency the Chinook Sexual Assault Centre in Lethbridge.

In the News

AASAS CEO Debra Tomlinson has been recognized as one of twenty Compelling Calgarians. Everyone on the AASAS team is honoured to work with someone who has dedicated her career to supporting individuals who have experienced sexual violence. She is an incredible team leader and collaborator - working seamlessly with multiples agencies, organizations and government representatives. A tireless worker, she is also an all-around caring person. Congratulations Deb!

Once again the impact of the #IBelieveYou campaign made the news. The Calgary Sun and Herald covered the impact of the initiative and how it, along with the #MeToo movement, has resulted in more individuals seeking sexual assault support services than ever before.

Training Opportunities

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 training dates:
Jan 16-17 Banff (Private Training)
Jan 21-22 Fort McMurray (Registration Open)
Jan 29-30 Bonnyville (Registration Open)
Jan 29-30 Siksika (Private Training)
Feb 6-7 Edmonton (Registration Open)
Feb 20-21 Lloydminster (Private Training)
Feb 28-Mar 1 Calgary (Private Training)
Apr 3-4 Red Deer (Registration Open)
May 2-3 Lethbridge (Registration Open)
May 27-28 Lloydminster (Registration Open)
May 29-30 Edmonton (Registration Open)
Oct 10-11 Lethbridge (Registration Open)

Please visit the AASAS website regularly for new training dates.

If you would like to coordinate a First Responder Training in your community, organization, or institution – please email AASAS.

Member Agency Events & Updates

A Chitenge Story

As a part of Black History Month, Mount Royal University will be hosting the play A Chitenge Story on February 5, 6 & 7. 

In the play, a Canadian college student dives deep into the sounds, smells and spirits of Zambia. She is steeped in a singe secret: that she has returned to her ancestral home with a mission. She must find the man who abused her as a child and take justice into her own hands. Inspired by true events, A Chitenge Story is a young woman's autobiographical account of releasing trauma, embracing heritage, and uncovering her ultimate healing.
 
A Chitenge Story comes at a time when survivors of sexual harassment and assault are speaking up and actually being listened to. In the past year, the hashtag #metoo has swept across social media and was posted by thousands of people who have survived some form of sexual abuse.
 
Our communities are more ready than ever have this conversation. The fact that this unique one woman play offers a New Canadian perspective could not be more timely and relevant to Calgary’s incredibly diverse population.

Tickets are available now.
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse is Hiring!

CCASA is currently hiring Sexual Violence Support Counsellor positions, a Sexual Violence Therapist position and a Sexual Violence Educator. 
Talented Canine Joins Caribou Child & Youth Centre Team
Community Training Opportunities in Grande Prairie

Pace Community Support, Sexual Assault and Trauma Centre in Grande Prairie are offering a wide variety of community support trainings. 
We Believe: Building Communities That Care

Mark your calendars for the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton's We Believe Gala!

May 2, 2019
5:00 pm ­- 9:30 pm
Edmonton Convention Centre (formerly Shaw Conference Centre), Hall D
Keynote Speaker: Jeff Perera, Founder of Higher Unlearning, an institute for engaging men and boys in anti-violence education and prevention.
 
In 2017, Lloydminster Sexual Assault Services (LSAS) was the recipient of the Canada Post Community Foundation Grant. This gave LSAS the funding required to develop the Teaching Boundaries and Consent Workshop.  With the education of children and youth in mind, researchers and program developers took on the task of conducting a survey to gather data on understanding of boundaries, consent and sexuality, level of comfort, how people are engaging with children and youth on the topics, and “is this a consensual experience” scenarios.
 
The workshop was created to open up the doors of discussing intimate and at times, awkward topics with children and youth. LSAS wanted to provide an interactive and informative way to connect those who influence the younger generations. The purpose of the workshop is to provide activity options, ideas and tools to help engage and educate children and youth on the topics of boundaries, consent, relationships and sexual intimacy. Years of front line experience, extensive training and daily interactions with survivors of sexual violence has shown the need to educate about these very important topics at a young age, as young as 18 months old.
 
A private pilot of this workshop took place at the end of November 2018. It was a fun day of learning for both participants and facilitators! Workshop developers are adjusting a few things based on feedback and will be looking at offering the workshop to the community in 2019!
Crisis Response Management Certificate

Pace is very excited about their partnership with Grande Prairie Regional College, with whom they are offering the “Crisis Response Management Certificate”. For more information on how to obtain this certificate please visit: gprc.me/pace
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