A provincial umbrella organization for the sexual assault services in Saskatchewan.
To support sexual assault centres in creating a society that prevents
and does not condone sexual assault and violence.
A unified network of Saskatchewan sexual assault centres.
In 1984, nine agencies in Saskatchewan who provided support and assistance to victims of sexual assault formed a coalition. The coalition was named Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan (SASS) and registered as a non-profit corporation. The members operated under the philosophy that all people had the right to exercise control over her/his sexuality and deserved to be treated with dignity and respect. Through the goal of accepting human equality and rejecting violence, SASS members provided community awareness and education, offered support to victims, and lobbied for legislative changes.
SASS operated with a part-time staff person located in Saskatoon and was project funded through the Status of Women. The umbrella organization networked service providers throughout the province; hosted annual workshops for staff and volunteers; published statistics on sexual assault and produced educational materials.
2000 began an initiative to work in cooperation with Saskatchewan health care providers to improve the community response to women who experienced sexual assault. The efforts to promote and lobby for Sexual Assault Response Teams (SART) continue to date.
In 2005 the organization received operational funding from the Saskatchewan Ministry of Justice - Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Program. The annual funding allowed for the Coordinator to become full-time, and the office was moved to Yorkton. The name was changed to the Saskatchewan Association of Sexual Assault Services (SASAS).
In the fall of 2011 in conjunction with a new Executive Director, the SASAS office moved to Regina and is now located in the Regina Sexual Assault Centre.
At the end of 2012 a Saskatchewan partnership was formed with SASS, STOPS to Violence (STOPS) and the Provincial Association of Transition Houses (PATHS). This partnership hosts events and awareness campaigns that highlight the many supports and services around the province available to individuals and families in need.
In April 2013 the name was returned to Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan.
Today, the SASS office is located in Regina which provides easy contact with partners and funders. The Executive Director is 3/4 time and the office is located with STOPS to Violence.
In the summer of 2016 a new Executive Director started with SASS.
The Ministry of Justice, through the Interpersonal Violence and Abuse Program