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April 2018
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Alberta Initiatives

#MeToo Rally: Moving Beyond the Hashtag

Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services CEO Deb Tomlinson spoke at the #MeToo Rally: Moving Beyond the Hashtag on March 10th. She made a powerful call to action - asking everyone to continue the culture shift away from victim blaming and towards support for survivors.

"You will be part of putting an end to this abuse of power that we call sexual assault. Go out and make change my friends."

The goal of Sexual Violence Awareness Month 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.

The May issue of E-News Flash will contain details about the SVAM events throughout Alberta.

In the News

Government of Alberta Funding Announcement

An unprecedented increase in funding to AASAS and member agencies was the big news in March. The announcement was covered by major media throughout the province. 

Global Calgary interviewed Hon. Stephanie McLean, Minister of Status of Women Alberta.
Cheryl Bujold of the Dragonfly Centre in Bonnyville discussed the impact of the funding on their community with the Bonnyville Nouvelle
Chat News Today chatted with Chris Johnson of the Southeastern Alberta Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC) about how the funds will help their region. 

“These funds will have a tremendous impact on the lives of survivors. They will not only address the 53% increase in new counselling clients and unprecedented wait lists our member agencies faced, but will allow us to provide specialized services to rural areas of Alberta.” Deb Tomlinson, CEO Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services.

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:
April 19-20 Medicine Hat (Registration Online)
April 24-25 University of Alberta (Private Training)
May 10-11 Morley (Contact mailbox@aasas.ca)
May 17-18 Lloydminster (Registration Online)
June 19-20 Lethbridge (Registration Open)
June 27-28 Edmonton (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

On Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) will be hosting its 5th annual fundraising and awareness gala in the beautiful Hall D at the Shaw Conference Centre with an anticipated 500 guests in attendance. This year's event, We Believe: Let's Move Forward Together will be an evening of excellent dining and exceptional entertainment dedicated to growing communities free of sexual violence. As this year's keynote speaker we are thrilled to feature Tarana Burke, creator of the #metoo campaign and one of the "Silence Breakers" honoured with Time Magazine's Person of the Year Award.
Join PACE Grande Prairie for the 3rd annual Pace Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® Campaign in support of victims and survivors of sexual violence!

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® is a fundraising and public awareness campaign that sees community members collect pledges and literally walk a mile in high heeled shoes to raise awareness around issues of gender-based violence. This event aims to create a fun atmosphere in order to engage the community in dialogue around issues that can often be difficult to talk about. For more information on the 2018 event:
https://www.facebook.com/walkamileinhershoesgp/
Dragonfly Continues to Educate

Education is a priority at Dragonfly Centre in Bonnyville. In March they participated at the Tribal Chiefs CFS East Society Youth Conference with a Digital Safety presentation, and at the Kehewin Women Conference with an Awareness & Self Care presentation.
 
They are currently preparing for presentations at Ecole des Beaux Lacs - one for parents and others for youth about Consent & Sexual Violence.
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