Sexual Assault Awareness Week

The week of May 11 to 15 is Sexual Assault Awareness Week in Saskatchewan, to bring attention to sexual violence in our families and communities. 


SIGN Sexual Assault Counselling is presenting videos during the week with positive ideas and valuable information. The videos can be viewed below.


Also scroll down to the bottom of the page to see the presentations available to community groups in Yorkton and area when we are able to meet again in person.


Sexual violence is a very real problem:

  • Research has indicated that one in 10 Canadians reported being sexually abused before they turned 18;
  • In 49% of all cases of sexual abuse reported to police between 2009 and 2014, the victim was a child under the age of 7, and 26% of all victims were under the age of 13;
  • In 80% to 90% of cases the offender is known to the child;
  • Parents including biological, adoptive, step and foster parents were responsible for than half (59%) of all family-related sexual offences and physical assaults against children and  youth victims in 2009;
  • 93% of child maltreatment cases are never brought forward to police or child welfare;
  • The majority of adult survivors of child sexual abuse report that they did not disclose the abuse to anyone when they were children.


View the proclamation of Sexual Assault Awareness Week by the Saskatchewan government.


Links to resource material:

StopItNow.org.uk: What we need to know to protect our children publication

SASSK blog: Why survivors stories aren't getting the attention they deserve

SASSK blog: The power of believing the stories of survivors


Other resources for downloading are available here

From the front lines

Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan released a comprehensive report on the issue of sexual violence in our province on April 29, 2020. The aim of this research is to garner a comprehensive understanding of sexual violence in Saskatchewan through an examination of sexual violence experiences and the existing strengths and gaps in service provision.


You can read, print or download the full research report and supporting resources --  Sexual Violence in Saskatchewan: Voices, Stories, Insights, and Actions from the Front Lines -- by clicking the button below, or visit the Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan website at www.sassk.ca.

Healthy Adult Relationships and Intimacy

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Rock the Talk - Teens

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Rock the Talk - Grade School

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Rock the Talk - Ages 2 to 5

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This week is Sexual Assault Awareness Week, a week dedicated to raising awareness for sexual violence through public education. 


This year’s theme, No Story Left Untold, focuses on sharing voices, stories, insights, and actions from the front-lines. 


Everything that will be shared with you throughout the week is a reflection of the work captured in the research report released on April 29 in partnership with SASS, CUISR, and FSIN. 


We invite you to join us in spreading the message of #nostoryleftuntold from May 11-15 to stand with the voices of survivors and take action to help change the story about sexual violence. 

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Today, we honour the voices of survivors who have shared their stories of sexual violence. Through the telling of their stories, they have shed light on the path toward healing and give hope to those whose stories remain untold. 


The sharing of these stories does not come easy. Many survivors are faced with fear about what people will think, what people will say, how they will be treated, and what could happen to them if they tell the truth. 


By sharing their stories, it does not mean that the healing is done, for these experiences stay with them for the rest of their lives, but what it does mean is that they have the ability to live through the unimaginable. 


If you know of someone in your life who is a survivor, send them a message today and tell them that you will stand with them as they move through the unimaginable. 


If you are a survivor reading this, we stand with you as you move through the unimaginable. 


Today and everyday, we honour the voices of survivors. 

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There are many barriers that survivors face that keep stories of sexual violence in the dark. ‘Barriers’ are people, places, systems, and environments that either indirectly or directly affect the validity of the survivors’ experience. 


Each of these barriers are connected and add to the complexity of the issue of sexual violence that creates immense grief, shame, and guilt for survivors and doesn’t allow for them to get the help they need. 


Removing these barriers starts with someone like you, either by being a safe place for a survivor to share their story or by reaching out to someone you know who has experienced sexual violence and offering a helping hand. 


Scroll down to download Barriers to Services and Supports - the barriers that keep survivors’ stories left untold. (in PDF format).

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Often times, the only safe space that survivors have to share their stories is with a counsellor. 


Unfortunately, most counsellors in our province who are specialized in sexual violence related trauma, have limited resources and capacity to meet the demand. 


For survivors, it takes months just to be able to get in to see someone. 


This means that their story is kept silent, that they have had to live overwhelmed by trauma, without saying a word to anyone about it. 


If survivors don’t have a safe space to share their story within three days of experiencing assault or abuse, it’s likely that they won’t tell anyone about it for months or even years. 


Survivors need more safe spaces to tell their stories. 


Help us create those spaces for them by volunteering your time or making a donation. 

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You can change the story about sexual violence. We all can. 


How? By knowing that every single one of us has, at one time in our lives, wanted to be seen, heard, and understood by someone else.  We have wanted someone to see a difficult experience that we have gone through and say, “It’s okay. I believe you. I know it’s really hard. You will make it through.” 


We might not understand sexual violence. We might be afraid of sexual violence. We might want to ignore the thought of someone we love experiencing violence.  We might want to pretend that sexual violence isn’t happening. 


But it is, and the longer that we stay silent, the more stories of survivors remain left untold. 


Now is the time to reach out to someone, to speak up for someone, to believe someone, to love someone. 


To be someone that is willing to change the story about sexual violence. 


Will you be that someone? 

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Eagle Feather News, a monthly publication dealing with topics of interest to readers in Saskatchewan's First Nation and Métis communities, published a story about Sexual Assault Awareness Week, which is also available in text form and as a podcast on their website.


In the article, Eagle Feather News talks to several people involved in sexual assault counselling, including Corrine McArthur, the manager of SIGN Sexual Assault Counselling. As she noted in the article, she is the First Nations councilor in Saskatchewan who specializes in sexual assault.


Read the article


Listen to the podcast.

More information about sexual assault awareness:

Barriers to services and supports (pdf)

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6 ways you can create a safe space for survivors to share their stories (pdf)

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Safety Rocks activity book for grades 3 and 4 (pdf)

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Sexual Assault Counselling

Sexual Assault Counselling (SAC) provides free specialized counselling for women, men, youth and children who have been victims of sexual assault and/or sexual abuse. The program is also available to those who offer support to victims of sexual abuse. 


SAC also delivers presentations to enhance community awareness, education and prevention of sexual assault.


Sexual assault is forced participation in any type of sexual activity. It can range from unwanted kissing or touching to forced sexual intercourse. Sexual assault is an act of power and control. It is a crime and the offender is responsible for the behaviour.


Sexual assault can happen to individuals regardless of their gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, financial status or knowledge of sexual abuse. Sexual assault impacts family members and friends, as well as our community. 


Everyone reacts differently after an event of sexual assault. Some individuals experience shock, denial, fear, anger, depression, shame, and self blame. All these reactions are normal.


Counselling and therapy may help to lessen these effects and help the survivor realize that the sexual assault is not their fault. Healing can be a challenging process. It is possible to transform from victim to survivor.


SAC does more than counsel victims of sexual assault. The program involves many other aspects including:

  • Counselling for the family and their supportive friends of sexual assault victims;
  • Providing education about sexual assault;
  • Providing prevention education presentations to the community to enhance awareness of sexual assault;
  • Emphasizing that only Yes means Yes;
  • Creating an understanding of what sexual violence is;
  • The issues of consent;
  • Identifying dating violence;
  • Identifying sexual harassment;
  • Recognizing sexual violence within marriage.

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For more information:

Telephone: 306-783-9428

Cell: 306-641-4272

Fax: 306-783-9429

sexualassaultcounseling@signyorkton.ca

Kids Safety video series

Sexual Assault Outreach wants your children to feel safe, self-reliant, and grounded during this time. With children home from school, greater accessibility to Internet usage, and fears and anxieties presenting themselves, this program was designed to help your kids feel empowered and safe. 


The Kids Safety series consists of four short videos (under 15 minutes) for children K to 12 years old.


See the videos and supporting resource material. 


Kids Safety's fun, conversational style allows kids to learn some basics safety concepts, and can be used as great conversation starters at home. We also provide a Certificate of Completion where their name can be added to indicate they have completed the series. We want children and youth to feel proud they invested time in themselves for safety. 

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SIGN Sexual Assault Counselling is sharing the information below with parents and community members to ensure that the safety of all children is a priority. The files are in PDF format, suitable for viewing, downloading or printing.

Protecting Your Child (pdf)

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Understanding Child Sexual Abuse (pdf)

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Presentations to community groups

The Sexual Assault Outreach Program believes that education and awareness in our community is such an important factor in preventing sexual violence. The safety of our children, families, and community are the driving factor for the Outreach Program. 


Below is a PDF file with a list of presentations available to you and our community. Most of these presentations can be adapted to your organization, client or group's unique needs and can be presented in a multitude of diverse settings, both large and small. 


Our goal is to raise awareness, find a safe environment to have conversations, and make our community a healthy place for our children, students, and families. 


Our presentation list is still growing so please feel free to ask about any topics. We will updated the list as new presentations are developed. If you have any questions or would like to book a presentation please contact Nicole Prince, Sexual Assault Program Facilitator/Outreach Community Educator, at the numbers or email address at the bottom of the document. 

Sexual Assault Outreach presentations (pdf)

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