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July 2018
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Alberta Initiatives

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse - Train the Trainer

AASAS completed the second Train the Trainer of the year for the First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training (FRT) from June 10-15, 2018. It was very successful!

Thirty-two new facilitators from the March and June Train the Trainers will now begin their mentoring process to become Certified Facilitators. AASAS has partnered with local sexual assault centres across the province to provide community trainings and nine different Post-Secondary Institutions to offer the FRT on their campuses. 
 
Here are some photos of the fun activities some of the participants and facilitators participated in during evenings at the workshop. Great team building! It was a lovely time, thank you for the passion, hard work, and dedication from all involved. 
 
The next Train the Trainer will occur in 2019, for more information, please contact the Continuing Education Coordinator.

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:
July 11-12 Bonnyville (Private Training)
Sept 10-11 Cold Lake (Private Training)
Sept 19-20 Sundre (Registration Open)
Sept 24-25 Lac La Biche (Private Training)

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

Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) is looking for experienced and innovative individuals to be part of their dynamic team and organization. CCASA is excited to announce that due to additional funding from the Government of Alberta, they are currently looking to hire a sexual violence therapist. 
Want to win a 12-day educational adventure to Central America?

Join the Go Across Travel campaign to raise funds for the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) and the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre (CACAC). Together we are aiming to raise funds towards a new centre in Red Deer.

The contest opened on May 30th and contestants will have two months to raise as many funds as they can for the two organizations. It is open to young adults age 14 to 26.

Go Across Travel’s goal is to bring people together for the common good. They believe strongly in the philosophy of thinking beyond yourself, not only on your needs but of the needs of those less fortunate than you.

For more details visit: https://goacrosstravel.com/contest
NEXUS Central Alberta Yogathon

Join us for the 4th annual NEXUS Central Alberta Yogathon in the beautiful Red Deer City Hall Park, August 18, 2018 - 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., while we bring our community together and raise awareness for sexual violence through the healing power of yoga. 

Bring your mat and dedicate four feel-good hours to your yoga practice in support of the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre. Register as a team or as an individual for $40 per person. Registration fee is waived for all participants who raise over $200. Registration includes: a participant gift, four hours of yoga lead by certified local yoga instructors, refreshments, and a chance to join your community in support of the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre.
Need to escape for a night? The Rotary Club of Red Deer is hosting Gala Luau on Saturday, September 22 at the Black Knight Inn featuring great entertainment, a dinner and a getaway into a Polynesian evening of fun. Get tickets online in support of the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre, the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centre and Smiles Thru Lindsey Foundation.

Keep a look out for upcoming updates and information.
In the Spring of 2016, SACE embarked on a new journey. After over 40 years in the community, we were at an identity crisis point; In short, we were facing a lot of change, and we needed to check in with ourselves about who we wanted to be and where we wanted to go.
 
To navigate this, SACE decided to undergo a brand refresh. We didn’t need to start from scratch—there’s a lot we think we were doing right. We needed to take stock and value our roots, but also take some of those core beliefs and ways of doing this work that date back as far as 1975, and bring them into the context of today. We needed a facelift, a pulse-taking, a lot of checking in, and a bit of a shuffle to be intentional about where and how we’re changing.
 
Two years later, we’re ready to share. And we hope you like what we’ve done! We wanted our materials to feel friendly, safe, and be as accessible as possible. Most importantly, we wanted to make sure every piece reflects the most up-to-date and considered sexual violence support and prevention information we can provide.
 
We invite you to explore our new website and materials as they are released throughout 2018!
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