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Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
September Newsletter
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The #SASCFunRun is almost here!
Grab your capes and crowns! The SASC Virtual Halloween Fun Run is less than four weeks away!!

This exciting event is taking place on Saturday, October 24, 2020. Sign up, collect pledges, and walk, run, or roll 5 kilometres in support of survivors of sexual violence - in costume!

You can run alone, or with your social bubble. The run route is your choice. You can participate in this virtual event from anywhere in the world!

​On Run Day, we will get things kicked off at noon with a Facebook Live Launch hosted by our Executive Director. Throughout the day, we will flood social media with your photos using the hashtag #SASCFunRun.

While folks can sign up any time, we have some GREAT exclusive perks for those who sign up and raise $100 by October 1st, including a Run Kit (tote with water bottle and running bib) and entry into a draw to win a Fitbit Charge 4.
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Our Sponsors
Additional thanks to Friends Of SASC - Graham Mathew Professional Corporation.
Meet our new Public Education Manager
We are pleased to introduce our new Public Education Manager, Jessica St. Peter! We invited her to share a few words about herself in this newsletter. Read below to get to know more about Jessica.

"Thank you for having me! I am so glad to join SASC as the Manager of Public Education. 

In my 10+ years as a Public Educator in the gender-based violence prevention sector, I have come to know of and respect the Public Education team here at SASC. 

SASC's reputation for innovation, dedication and commitment to survivor support and systemic change drew me in. As an educator, activist and feminist, I look forward to working with a diversely skilled and visionary team of educators and support staff.

My experience in public education, combined with a formal education in Gender Equality and Social Justice; and a Bachelor of Education, equip me with foundational tools and values that will help our team grow and inspire one another. Together, we will facilitate vital community conversations and work towards a world free of sexual violence and oppression. 

My interest in visual arts, intersectional feminism, Indigenous rights and teachings, community collaboration, lifelong learning, personal accountability, aspiring allyship and continual growth are just a few of the things that steer my personal and professional pursuits.

I look forward to the journey ahead and the incredible connections that will be made along the way. "

Contact Jessica

Being a parent/guardian just keeps getting more complicated! Many parents have decided to keep their children home this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, or are wishing to engage their children in after school programs that address current events, life skills and personal well-being. If you are navigating this uncharted territory like so many other parents and guardians, please know that we are here to help! Our Public Education team has workshops for children and youth of all ages about healthy relationships, consent, anti-human trafficking, and more.   

Em(power) & Allyship After School Group
Date:
Every Tuesday from October 20 - December 22, 2020
Time: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

This transformative multi-session experience is for youth of all genders, ages 13-17. Participation builds skills and knowledge around maintaining healthy relationships.

This program explores the root causes of gender-based violence, including power and privilege, toxic masculinity, and the intersections of racism, homophobia, transphobia, classism, ableism and more. We strive to create safer spaces for youth to feel heard and validated as well as providing them the opportunity to speak openly about these challenging subjects. Youth will develop advocacy and allyship abilities, including bystander intervention skills and build their capacity to “call in” peers when they witness harmful behaviours. Please contact Sarah Wiley, our Violence Prevention Educator for questions or to register: vpeducator@sascwr.org.


Taylor the Turtle Program
For the littlest members of your family, we have the Taylor the Turtle Program which is perfect for children ages 3-7. All of our workshops line up with the Ontario Health and Physical Education Curriculum, and are taught in a fun, non-scary, and age-appropriate manner. Connect with Jessica, our Public Education Manager for more information about this program: pubed@sascwr.org

What You Need to Know About Human Trafficking 
Date: Friday, October 23, 2020
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 pm 
Human trafficking happens in our communities, so what do we need to know to keep our families safe? This workshop will provide participants with foundational knowledge about human trafficking. We will break down myths and facts about sexual exploitation and provide you with resources for supporting someone who is being trafficked. We will also talk about where to find reliable information about human trafficking and how to avoid misinformation. Please contact Sarah Wiley, our Violence Prevention Educator, for questions or to register: vpeducator@sascwr.org.

Understanding Online Exploitation: A Workshop for Caring Adults

Date (Session 1): Tuesday, November 17, 2020
Time (Session 1): 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Date (Session 2): Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time (Session 2): 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.

With increased time online and the constantly changing landscape of social media it can be hard to navigate conversations with youth in our lives about virtual spaces in general. Add in the element of addressing exploitation and the challenge can be even greater. But exploiters commonly use social media, apps, games and other online spaces to cause harm and groom young people into sex trafficking. In this workshop we will discuss online exploitation and offer ideas for how to broach the topic with youth. Please contact Sarah Wiley, our Violence Prevention Educator for questions or to register: vpeducator@sascwr.org.

#RaiseTheBar Weekly Workshops

Date: Every Wednesday (until Christmas 2020)
Time: 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Workplace sexual harassment is a widespread issue, spanning companies, sectors and communities. Creating a safer, more equitable workspace for people of all genders means an investment in your company’s health, culture and future growth.  

The #RaiseTheBar program, generously funded by the Department of Justice, can help your organizational culture thrive by providing staff, managers, and business owners alike with tools and trainings which encourage safer, more equitable workplaces.  

Join via Zoom link: https://zoom.us/j/99173633508

Have a Safe and Consensual Oktoberfest!

Oktoberfest has kicked off and community safety is a top priority. The festivities and participation have changed, but SASC’s partnership with Oktoberfest continues to highlight the importance of safe festival going. Keep an eye on our social media accounts for bystander intervention tips to help keep festivities safe!

Upcoming Group Counselling Programs
Workshop: Supporters of Survivors 
Date:Thursday, October 15, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Join us in a safer space to connect with other supporters and explore strategies to support the survivor(s) in your life.
 
Workshop: Coping with Flashbacks & Nightmares
Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 
Flashbacks and difficulty sleeping are common experiences among survivors of sexual violence. This workshop will explore why this happens, how to identify triggers, and strategies for coping with them.
 
Workshop: Surviving the Holidays
Date: Thursday, December 3, 2020
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
This workshop acknowledges that the holiday season can come with extra stress and triggers for survivors and provides support in creating a plan to cope through this time.

Group: Alone Together Check-In
Date: Every Friday
Time: 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.  
An open online support group where survivors can connect and discuss how they are coping and what has been challenging and useful in their healing journey. 
Group: LGBTQ+ Healthy Relationships Support Space 
Date:
Thursday, October 8, 2020
Time: 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
An open space for folks in the LGBT2Q+ community to discuss healthy relationships. There will be information shared as well as opportunities to discuss. Each month will have a different focus. This group will be facilitated by counsellors who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community and is in partnership with Spectrum. Occurs the second Thursday of each month.

Group: Healthy Relationships after Trauma (6 Week Group)
Date: Tuesdays, October 20 – November 24, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 p.m.
Building and maintaining healthy relationships after trauma can come with unique challenges. In this 6-week closed group, we will discuss the impact of trauma on relationships, signs that a relationship is healthy/unhealthy, and tools and tips for healthy communication with the people in our lives.
Topics:
Week 1 : Intro & Impact of Trauma on Relationships
Week 2 : Communication Styles & Skills
Week 3 : Setting Boundaries - Saying No
Week 4: Setting Boundaries - Making Requests 
Week 5: Sexual Healing
Week 6: Closing and Maintenance 

 
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