Understanding Child Sexual Abuse & Our Role in Creating a Culture of Belief

Written by Barb Beaurivage for a Guest Blog Series for Sexual Violence Awareness Week from May 17-21, 2021 Children should be “seen and heard and believed” has become my mantra ever since I saw it on a t-shirt at a child maltreatment conference. For the last 16 years, I have been a team member of[…]

When it Comes to Child Abuse Prevention and Keeping Kids Safe, Knowledge is Power.

Written by Sarah Labadie for a Guest Blog Series for Sexual Violence Awareness Week from May 17-21, 2021 “Why do I have to do this? Why are you doing this to me? Do I have to?” “It’s really nothing. Everyone does it. It’s completely normal, but no one talks about it. Ever,” he said hastily[…]

The Story Behind Saskatchewan’s Newest Coalition Against Workplace Sexual Harassment: Enough Already

Enough Already Saskatchewan is a multi-stakeholder coalition determined to address and prevent workplace sexual harassment in Saskatchewan. The coalition recently launched their website and plans to release a sexual harassment campaign in the coming weeks. We connected with Nicole White, Project Lead behind Enough Already, to learn more about the coalition, how sexual harassment in[…]

How to Become a First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse

According to Statistics Canada, 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. 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[…]

Sexual Harassment 101

Sexual Harassment 101 Unfortunately, sexual harassment in all its forms is common place in today’s society. In fact, according to Holly Kearl’s book Stop Street Harassment: Making Public Places Safe and Welcoming for Women, 87% of women have experienced harassment by age 19. Despite sexual harassment being a common issue, it remains complex and confusing[…]

The Story Behind Saskatchewan’s First Ever Violence Against Women Advocate Case Review

In Phildelphia, during the late 90’s, controversy sparked over how the Philadelphia Police Department was mishandling sexual assault reports following the death of Shannon Schieber. Shannon became a victim of a serial perpetrator, sexually offending with impunity, because the Philadelphia PD were immediately dismissing numerous reports of sexual assault crimes by women, and classifying them […]

Colonial Barriers to Supports: The Need For a Holistic Approach to Healing from Sexual Violence

National statistics suggest that Indigenous women are three times more likely to experience sexual violence than their non-Indigenous counterparts.   In light of Indigenous History Month, we wanted to share our research findings on the unique experiences and barriers to supports and services Indigenous peoples face in regards to sexual violence. Indigenous experiences of sexual violence[…]

BREAKING THE BINARY: Working Towards an Inclusive Understanding of Sexual Violence

Sexual violence is a complex issue that goes beyond the common heterosexual understanding. Heterosexual approaches and assumptions of sexual violence can further marginalize members of the LGBTQ2S+ community unintentionally invalidating, discrediting, and ignoring their experiences. Many abusive behaviours are common across all relationships regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity, but the unique circumstances and[…]

Anti-Racism Resource Guide

As an organization that advocates for the issue of sexual violence, we recognize the role institutions and societies play in acts of violence and the importance of intersectionality when analyzing these acts. This resource guide is a starting point for educating yourself and others on the way racism impacts our societies, communities, and families while[…]

The Power of Believing The Stories of Survivors

During our research work, we traveled across the province of Saskatchewan and listened to many survivors’ share the reality of their experiences with sexual violence. One of the recurring themes in our conversations was that many survivors never told anyone about their experience for fear of not being believed. They shared with us that it[…]

Why Survivors’ Stories Aren’t Getting The Attention They Deserve

We’ve heard this story over and over again. A survivor speaks out about their experience with sexual assault or abuse and isn’t believed.  They aren’t believed by their family or friends.They aren’t believed by the community they live in.They aren’t believed by law enforcement.They aren’t believed by medical professionals.  There is a long line of[…]