According to Statistics Canada, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Presently Saskatchewan has one of the highest rates of sexual victimization in Canada. While survivors of sexual assault are disproportionately women, the reality is that sexual assault can happen to any person, any age, no matter their gender or ethnicity. Sexual assault happens every day and most frequently in homes of friends, families and co-workers. Sexual assault is a crime of power and control and 85% of survivors are assaulted by someone they know.
Because of the relational and personal nature of this crime, survivors live in silence and shame. Dominant societal myths about sexual assault reinforce the misconceptions that survivors are responsible for the crimes that have been committed against them and this further contributes to very low reporting rates to law enforcement, and also results in survivors not reaching out for medical and or counselling assistance.
When left untreated, the effects of sexual assault on individuals, families and communities are severe. Sexual assault has been linked to addictions, mental health, homelessness and domestic violence, and the financial cost of sexual violence crimes are estimated to be in the millions each year.
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. The First Responder training is designed to educate individuals about the social, cultural and legal aspects of sexual assault and abuse, which will enable them to recognize, define and respond appropriately to the continuum of behaviours that constitute sexual assault and abuse.
First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™ is a comprehensive two-day training, inclusive of the full continuum of sexual violence across the lifespan.
Statistic Canada 2013 Report
Association of Albert Sexual Assault Services