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Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
August Newsletter
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Fall programs are here!
This just in - Fall Groups and Workshops! Check out our listing of free, virtual programs below. See something that interests you? Scroll down to find a button to register online.

Online Workshops

Please note, all workshops are currently delivered online. A Zoom link will be provided once you have registered. 

Sharing Your Story Workshop
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 30 | 6 – 8 p.m.
Sharing experiences of sexual violence with loved ones can be incredibly difficult. It can also be a powerful step in your healing journey. You may want others to know, but don’t know how or when to bring it up and how much to share when you do. You may also be afraid of how others will react. In this workshop, we will discuss some tips and tools for disclosing your experiences with others in your life.

Supporters of Survivors Workshop
Date/Time: Thursday, October 15 | 7 – 9 p.m.
Join us in a safer space to connect with other supporters and explore strategies to support the survivor(s) in your life.
 
Coping with Flashbacks and Nightmares
Date/Time: Thursday, November 19 | 6 – 8 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.
 
Surviving the Holidays
Date/Time: Thursday, December 3 | 6 – 8 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.


Online Groups

Please note, all groups are currently delivered online. A Zoom link will be provided once you have registered. 

Alone Together: Check-In
Date/Time: Every Friday | 2 - 3 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. 

Trauma and Relationship with Food and Our Bodies (4 Week Group)
Date/Time: Tuesdays, September 15 – October 6 |  3 – 4:30 p.m. 
A 4-week closed group that will explore how trauma can impact our body image and our relationship with eating and exercise. We will discuss ways to work towards healing and self-acceptance.
Topics:
Week 1: Introduction & the relationship between disordered eating and trauma
Week 2: Fatphobia & Body Neutrality and Acceptance
Week 3: Mindfulness & Intuitive Eating
Week 4: Healing is Not Linear: Planning for the bad days & wrap up
 
Healthy Relationships after Trauma (6 Week Group)
Date/Time: Tuesdays, October 20 – November 24 | 1 – 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 and impact of trauma on relationships
Week 2 : Communication styles and skills
Week 3 : Setting boundaries – Saying no
Week 4: Setting boundaries - Making requests 
Week 5: Sexual healing
Week 6: Closing and maintenance 


We will add additional programs as needed, so please bookmark sascwr.org/groups for updates.
Click here to register online!
Questions? Click here to email our Groups and Workshop Coordinator.
Take Back The Night 2020

Take Back the Night is back this year - but with a twist! While we won't be gathering to march in the streets, we will still be reclaiming our cities, our streets, and our safety. This year, people of all genders will be able to participate in Take Back the Night by engaging in our photo scavenger hunt!

Here's how it works:

  • Before September 17th, we will share various locations in Kitchener and on the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University campuses for you to seek out!
  • Each location will have a Take Back the Night poster with info for you to learn something new about sexual and gender-based violence in our community.
  • Let's flood social media with the sense of empowerment and community we usually find at a march. Share a photo with the posters using #TBTNWR2020!

Let us know if you're joining us. RSVP at our Facebook Event Page: http://ow.ly/nMbu50B5Hzf

Family Court Support Video Series
Our Family Court Support Worker has launched a brand new video series on all things family court! The first three videos topics are:
  • Serving and Filing Court Documents
  • Resources
  • Filing Court Documents Online
Check out all three videos in our playlist below, or bookmark sascwr.org/fcsvideoseries to view individual and future videos in this series. 
SASC'S Virtual Halloween Fun Run!
With fall just around the corner, have you considered your Halloween plans? Join the #SASCFunRun for FREE and make a big difference this spooky season!

Those who collect $100 in donations by September 25, 2020 will receive a Run Kit filled with goodies (a running bib, water bottle and more) will be entered into a draw to win a Fit Bit Charge 4!!
Register today!
Donate to our Virtual Halloween Fun Run
Click here to donate.
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