AASAS Monthly News Flash

July 2014

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Welcome to the monthly E-News Flash from the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS). 

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As sexual violence is an issue that impacts a significant number of individuals in our province, we hope you will want to continue to see what we are doing provincially to bring awareness of the issue and impact from sexual violence.

Government of Alberta Announces Funding for Sexual Assault Services in Alberta
On June 11th 2014, in support of Alberta’s Five Point Plan, the Government of Alberta announced a funding initiative in support of improving the lives of vulnerable children and families in Alberta. The government has designated $4 million dollars to go towards sexual assault centres and women's shelters to address wait times, increase capacity and services and address limited access to services in rural communities throughout Alberta.

We are so pleased to have continued government support so we can continue providing the best care in keeping individuals safe with access to support and helping resources in our communities.

To read about the funding initiative link here:

Debra Tomlinson, CEO AASAS, Speaking at the Press Conference
From Left to Right: Associate Minister Sandra Jensen, Minister of Human Services Manmeet Bhullar


AASAS Member Agency Initiatives:

Sexual Assault Response Committee (SARC)
In early June, 54 men participated in the "Walk A Mile In Her Shoes" event in Medicine Hat to raise funds and awareness sexual assault, sexual abuse and gender violence. In participating, men were demonstrating to other men that sexual violence is unacceptable and has to stop. There was a fantastic turnout from participants and supporters and all had a great time supporting this wonderful cause. 

Images From Event:

Association of Communities Against Abuse (ACAA)
The Association of Communities Against Abuse also held a Walk A Mile In Her Shoes event on June 20th in Castor AB to raise awareness of the issues around sexual violence in some of the smaller communities their area.

It was a really fun event and was a great way for the community to get involved. The whole main street was blocked off and businesses closed their doors to cheer on the participants.The Coronation Victim Services Unit hosted a BBQ and the local hospital ladies auxiliary provided water, pop and squares. 

Some of the walkers included the RCMP, Victim Services, Paintearth County Council, Business owners, Pharmacist, local farmers, hospital employees among many others. ACAA was extremely happy with the awareness created as well as the fundraising support with approximately $7,440.00 raised by the 15 walkers.

It turned out to be a very positive experience for everyone.

Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society: Sexual Assault Program (FMFCS)
his past school year the Fort McMurray Family Crisis Society’s Sexual Assault Program introduced CCASA’s child sexual abuse safety program, “Who Do You Tell?”TM, to 526 students in twelve schools, which covered all grade 2 students in the public schools and K-6 in the outlying areas.

One of their proudest moments was in delivering a modified version of the program to the community’s Islamic school. With the support from the Islamic community representative and the school counsellor, FMFCS was able to adapt the program to address cultural diversity and cultural importance to fit the needs the Islamic community.

FMFCS will be delivering the program to both Public and Catholic schools in the fall.

***To find out more about AASAS member agencies/services or to link directly to their websites, please visit the AASAS website member link here.

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 work towards an Alberta free from sexual violence.

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