We would love to hear from you! The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton is currently undertaking a research project to help us improve. We will be working with an external marketing and communication firm to build our profile in the community.
Before that begins, we have engaged an independent research company to speak with stakeholders in confidential, one-on-one telephone interviews. Participants will be asked to comment on their perceptions of SACE, how SACE presents themselves and what challenges SACE currently faces in terms of misunderstandings in the community.
We are looking for people who have experience with SACE to participate in a 30 to 40 minute telephone interview. We want to assure you that your participation is completely voluntary and that the results of interviews will be reported in aggregate. Nothing you share with Johnston Research will be attributed back to you, nor will you be asked to share information on your personal experiences. If you are interested in participating in this research project, you can call Sandra Johnston, owner of Johnston Research, at 780-637-2878. She will be conducting interviews for the remainder of this week and over the long weekend. Interviews can be scheduled for morning, afternoon or evening. If you have any questions about this research project, you can call Sara Cameron, Director of Communications, at 780.423.4102.
On Thursday, May 25th, SACE will be hosting its annual fundraising and awareness gala at the Shaw Conference Centre. The evening will include musical entertainment, plated dinner, special guests, as well as silent and live auctions. The theme of this year’s event is “The Art of Healing”. Art therapy is one of the many therapeutic trauma modalities utilized by the 14 trauma therapists at SACE.
This year, we are proud to announce that Jillian Marino, a survivor of a horrific act of sexual violence, will be our guest speaker. Jillian, now the Principal at JD Bracco Junior High School, has shared her story as a keynote speaker with Victim’s Services volunteers, Conferences for Crown Prosecutors, Violence against Women Events, and for the Edmonton Police Service over the years. Her very impactful end empowering presentation will be one of hope, strength, and victory in the healing journey after trauma.
As difficult as it is to understand, statistics consistently indicate that, in Canada, 1 in 3 women and at least 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence before the age of 18. Since 1975, SACE has been providing professional, essential services and support to survivors ages 3 and up of all genders. These services include individual and group counselling, extensive, age and audience-specific public education programs, diversity outreach and support to marginalized communities, court support, as well as a 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line. We are the only agency in the City of Edmonton to provide this range of services to the community at no fee. All proceeds from the We Believe Benefit will be directed towards services and support for our clients and our community.
With statistics as high as they are, and whether we realize it or not, we all know someone who has been affected by this crime. Please help us support the many survivors in our community on their healing journey by making a contribution to our event through sponsorship, donating to our silent auction, and most importantly through your attendance!
Listen. Believe. Support. We can all do something. Please know that your “something” will make a difference.
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Picture Love art and photography contest
How do you visualize love and healing? Is it a serene morning landscape? An abstract painting that lets the mind wander to a safe space? Or maybe an energizing spray of flowers in the colours of a sunset?
The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) believes in that vision. We believe in our community. We believe that people can heal. Most of all, we believe in a world free of sexualized violence. To celebrate this vision and our upcoming gala, We Believe: The Art of Healing, we would like to invite you to enter our Picture Love art contest. From March 20, 2017 to May 15, 2017, SACE will be accepting images of family friendly art and photography.
Winners will be picked by random draw and announced through our social media platforms. They will also have the option of having their art sold at the silent auction at the upcoming gala.
Prizes for the top three positions are as follows:
1st Place: 2 tickets to the We Believe benefit gala and a $100 gift card to an art store
2nd Place: $100 gift card to an art store
3rd Place: $50 gift card to an art store
Rules and Requirements:
The Entry Process
The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton retains the right to refuse any submission that is deemed offensive, dangerous or otherwise inappropriate.
In response to the news coming out of Nova Scotia last week, where a judge acquitted a Halifax taxi driver of sexually assaulting a woman in his cab when she was extremely intoxicated, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) would like to emphasize our stance that the consent laws in Canada need to be well understood and applied in consistent and just ways.
It is crucial that the correct person be held accountable in instances of sexual assault. It is not the responsibility of women, or indeed anyone, to protect themselves from the violence someone chooses to inflict upon them. If someone is drinking and showing observable signs of intoxication, they are not able to give consent, and any individual pursuing sexual contact with another person has a legal responsibility to stop when that person shows signs of intoxication. Drug or alcohol facilitated sexual assault often occurs when someone chooses to engage in sexual contact with a person who is too intoxicated to consent (for example, passed out, vomiting, impaired speech).
In reading about this incident, it is clear that both the taxi driver and the judge should have been able to identify that the complainant was too intoxicated to consent. Consent should be mutual, enthusiastic, voluntary, and can be revoked at any point. Consent is not intoxicated, urine-soaked, memory impaired, or unconscious.
Additionally, taxi drivers, police officers, and judges are all in positions of power, trust, and authority. These individuals, and the positions they hold, are intended to serve a function in the community by providing safety for vulnerable people, be it law enforcement, criminal justice, or transportation. People holding these positions need to be held accountable in their role to ensure individual and public safety, and they should never be allowed to abuse their power in order to obtain consent or to force someone to engage in sexual activity.
We are deeply impacted by the story of the young woman, who has been mistreated and failed by the legal system. It takes a great amount of courage to report a sexual assault and navigate the legal system. As an agency, we advocate for the consistent and just application of the affirmative consent laws outlined in the Criminal Code of Canada. These laws provide the foundation for creating safety and honouring the experiences of people who experience sexual abuse. We respect that many people who experience sexual violence choose not to report or pursue charges. We encourage all people who have experienced sexual violence to decide for themselves if the legal process is something they wish to undergo. When someone chooses to engage with the legal system, we are grateful for the contribution that it makes to the public conversation around how we as a country respond to the crime of sexual assault. If you or someone you care about has experienced sexual assault or abuse and would like help, sexual assault services in Alberta are here for you.
For sexual assault services in Edmonton, contact the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) at 780-423-4102, or visit http://www.sace.ab.ca. To locate services in other parts of Alberta visit http://aasas.ca/get-help/. For information on how you can support survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse, visit http://www.ibelieveyou.info.
For the past 41 years the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton has been committed to providing the best support possible to those impacted by sexualized violence in our community. Our organization offers specialized and essential sexual assault and child sexual abuse services aimed at both preventing this crime and facilitating the healing and recovery of those who have been victimized. At SACE, professional trauma counselling is available to survivors of all genders over the age of three. We work to keep our wait times to a minimum, and we provide information, resources, and crisis support to those waiting for full counselling services. Our public education team provides workshops and information sessions on sexualized violence for thousands of youth, adults, and professionals each year. We offer a 24-hour sexual assault support and information line, and provide police and court support and court accompaniment to those navigating the legal system. These services are only possible because of the past and present efforts of our dedicated staff and volunteers.
In addition to providing services for those directly impacted by sexualized violence our team works tirelessly to create a community in which survivors are listened to, believed, and supported without judgment. Creating environments free of sexualized violence requires collaboration and the efforts of many, and our organization is encouraged and energized knowing that there are countless dedicated community members working to make our city a more supportive place for those impacted by this crime. We are immeasurably grateful for all efforts that seek to further this cause.
We believe healing is possible, and we strive to support every individual who is in need of our services. We are always open to feedback, and we are dedicated to growing as an organization and ensuring quality of care for those accessing our services.
If you have questions, feedback, or require more information about our services, you can:
There has been a great deal of backlash against Alberta Education’s new Guidelines for Best Practices on ensuring schools are safe spaces for trans children and youth.
One particularly harmful myth is that the creation of trans inclusive washrooms will lead to an increase in sexual violence. Research does not support this false assertion. In fact, reducing gendered space promotes safety for all students. As noted by the Pride Centre of Edmonton:
“Bathroom use by children with diverse gender presentation poses no risk to other children. On the contrary, people who are trans experience among the highest rates of violence and themselves need to be protected. One widely circulated document falsely alleges that allowing trans students to use bathrooms will lead to an increase in sexual assault – an allegation which is clearly refuted by sexual assault service providers. You can gain accurate information about the important issue of sexual assault, from the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services at www.aasas.ca”
These harmful stereotypes about trans people often lead to violence and abuse against trans individuals. Dispel the misinformation and help make our community a safe space for people of all genders.
We are filled with gratitude for all of the support our upcoming fundraising gala, We Believe: A benefit for SACE, has received and would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors:
Title: Servus Credit Union
Gold: Imperial Equities
Silver: Kevin and Jenny Boyd
Silver: Parlee McLaws LLP
Media Sponsor: CTV Edmonton