In 1984, nine agencies in Saskatchewan who provided support and assistance to victims of sexual assault formed a coalition named Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan (SASS) and registered it as a non-profit corporation.
The members were led by the philosophy that all people had the right to exercise control over their 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.
Today, SASS has grown its membership across the province and established collaborative partnerships with community organizations, first responders, and various levels of government to shine a light on the issue of Sexual Violence in Saskatchewan.
Through SASS’s relationships with its members, SASS has become interconnected to the issue of sexual violence in many Saskatchewan communities, allowing the organization to develop evidence-based initiatives that advocate for changes in how those affected by sexual violence are supported.
SASS’s primary focus is amplifying the voices of its member agencies and survivors through public education campaigns, research projects, and anti-violence initiatives.
In recent years, SASS has become recognized as a provincial leader for pioneering initiatives such as the Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan, Sexual Violence in Saskatchewan: Voices, Stories, Insights, and Actions from the Front Lines Research Report, the First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™ program and a Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review Pilot Project with the Regina Sexual Assault Centre and the Regina Police Service.