Source: SASS News Release, May 13, 2019 

As Sexual Assault Awareness Week begins in Saskatchewan, Sexual Assault Services of Saskatchewan (SASS) is launching the Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan to end sexual violence in our province.

SASS spearheaded and authored the plan, and spent 18 months working hard with an advisory committee that represented community agencies, law enforcement, and provincial, federal and Indigenous governments.

“Saskatchewan can be a province where every person is free from the threat, fear, or experience of sexual violence,” said SASS Executive Director Kerrie Isaac. “With the appropriate investment and engagement, this Action Plan puts us on that path. It reflects extensive input from experts and survivors of sexual violence across the province, and calls on everyone to play a part in ending sexual violence in Saskatchewan—from all levels of government to community leaders, from law enforcement to educators, from businesses to residents of all ages and backgrounds.”

SASS and its member agencies, which provide front-line services to survivors, have been the go-to experts on sexual violence in Saskatchewan for 35 years. With the expertise and specialized understanding of sexual violence and how it relates with other forms of interpersonal violence, SASS knows it is important to ensure the framework includes straightforward and achievable actions that strengthen services, coordination, and prevention.

The May 6 announcement of a pilot project of the Philadelphia Model in Regina, supported by funds from the provincial government, marked the first of what SASS hopes is many proposed actions becoming a reality.

“We commend the Regina Sexual Assault Center, Regina Police Service, and provincial government for piloting a victim advocate case review,” said Isaac. “Partnerships like these will continue to strengthen relationships between community and police.

“We are also grateful to the federal Department of Women and Gender Equality for the 2017 funding toward the Saskatchewan Sexual Violence Action Plan as part of the Federal Strategy to Prevent and Address Gender-Based Violence, and for new funding announced April 26 for SASS to continue our important work.”

Anyone can become a champion of the Action Plan, and get involved by following SASS on Facebook and Twitter, and using the SASS website to connect with member organizations in their community.

BY THE NUMBERS – Sexual Violence

38.6% = increase in reported sexual assaults in Regina from 2017 to 2018
10.3% = increase in reported sexual assaults in Saskatoon from 2017 to 2018
1,196 = number of police-reported sexual assaults in Saskatchewan in 2016
             1,069 = women
266 = between the ages of 18 and 24
510 = under the age of 18
460,000 = number of sexual assaults in Canada every year
997 = number of assailants who walk free out of every 1,000 sexual assaults
86 = percentage of victims of sexual assault who are women
1 in 3 = number of women who reported sexual abuse by the age of 18 years old
1 in 6 = number of men who reported sexual abuse by the age of 18 years old
85 = percentage of victims who are assaulted by someone they know
2–4 = percentage of reported sexual assaults that are false reports
83 = percentage of disabled women who will be sexually assaulted during their lifetime
3 times = how much more likely Aboriginal women are to experience sexual assault than non-Aboriginal women
13-17 May 2019 = Saskatchewan Sexual Assault Awareness Week proclaimed by the Government of Saskatchewan


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