Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
May Newsletter
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May is Sexual Assault Prevention Month

 It's Sexual Assault Prevention Month, and at the Sexual Assault Support Centre one of our favourite topics is prevention and social change!

One of the key ways we strive for social change is through our Public Education and Male Allies Programs. These programs educate for social change, and raise awareness around the issue of sexual violence.

While these programs offer a variety of free workshops for schools, community groups and workplaces, during this time of physical distancing  we are making our educational opportunities available broadly.  Our Public Education virtual workshops are free, and open to all!  Check out the images below to see what we have to offer this month.

Note: If you are using a text-to-speech reader, these workshops are also listed at

More on our prevention work...

If you'd like to hear a bit more from our Executive Director on our prevention work, check out episode 3  of the Chapter One Podcast (click button below), released earlier this year. The Chapter One podcast is created by the Kitchener Public Library, in partnership with the Kitchener Waterloo Community Foundation. 
Click here to listen to our podcast on prevention!
Raise The Bar Weekly Sessions, Every Wednesday from 12 - 1 p.m. Offered via Zoom. Please email for info.
Male Allies Online Group, Every Thursday from 7-8 p.m. Offered via Zoom. Please email for info.

No One Asks For It!

Thanks to everyone who participated in our annual campaign, No One Asks For It! It was so great to see everyone stand in recognition of those who have experienced sexual violence, by wearing their purple outfits! Here are some of your photos from the day!
Collage of people wearing purple shirts for Sexual Assault Prevention Month
Collage of people wearing purple shirts for Sexual Assault Prevention Month
Staff at The Canadian Shield wearing purple for Sexual Assault Prevention Month
Pictured, left to right: SASC Staff and Management Team, Kourtney Parker (Board Member), The Pritchard Family, Melissa Bowman, Jennifer Hutton and Jenna Mayne (Women's Crisis Services of Waterloo Region), Susan Prange (Board President), Joan Tuchlinsky, Brian Black, Human Rights, Equity and Inclusion Office (University of Waterloo), The Canadian Shield Team.

#RallyWithRosie Update

Last month we announced our new #RallyWithRosie fundraising campaign, with a goal to raise $10,000 for our Centre. Good news! We quickly blew past our target and are well on our way to raising $20,000!! The best part? An anonymous donor is still matching each dollar raised, up to $30,000!

Friends, we still have just under $5000 to raise! Help us end Sexual Assault Prevention Month on a high note! Learn more, register to rally, or donate here:

Collage of people dressed up in red bandanas to support the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region.
Infographic on sexual violence. 1 in 3 Women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. Research suggests that during pandemics, incidents of sexual violence increase. SASC's 24 Hour Support Line received 1530 calls from survivors in crisis - last year alone. 140 survivors in Waterloo Region are in limbo, waiting for counselling. Join the #RallyWithRosie to make a difference for local survivors. Visit for details.

Upcoming Programs For Survivors


For questions/to register: Please email 
Please note: Questions/registrations for Family Court Peer Support should go to

Alone Together: Weekly 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 with social (or physical) distancing. We will discuss resources and tools that may be useful during this time. Join us one Friday or every Friday!

Family Court Peer Support 
Date: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays (monthly)
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 p.m. 
This free, ongoing group is open to woman-identified individuals that have experienced abuse, control or violence in their relationship and/or family and who are at the beginning, middle, or end of their journey through the Family Court System.  For more information, or to register: Call Kat at 519-571-0121 ext. 108 or email

LGTBQ+ Survivors Support Space 
Date:  Thursday, June 11th, 2020
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
An open group for survivors of sexual violence in the LGBTQ+ community to connect and share coping strategies. This group will be facilitated by counsellors who identify as part of the LGBTQ+ community and is in partnership with Spectrum.

Supporters of Survivors Meet-Up 
Date: Thursday, June 18th, 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. Facilitators from our Male Allies and Counselling program will be present to share information and answer questions.


For questions/to register: email 
Healthy Boundaries  (2 Part Workshop) 
Date: Thursdays, May 21st and 28th, 2020 
Time: 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Using interactive exercises and discussion, participants will explore how to empower themselves to set healthy boundaries and be assertive in their relationships with others.

Healthy Relationships (2 Part Workshop) 
Date: Mondays, June 1 and June 8, 2020 
Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Building and maintaining healthy relationships after trauma can be difficult, and physical distancing adds unique challenges to our relationships. In this workshop, 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.

Healing and Anger: What’s rage got to do with it 
Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Survivors may have complex relationships with anger. This workshop will explore the functions of anger, different ways we experience and express it, and how anger can be a useful emotion in the healing process.
Neurobiology of Trauma
Date: Wednesday, June 24th, 2020
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
This workshop will explore the complex and powerful responses the brain has during traumatic events, the relationship between trauma and memory, and how we come to process and heal trauma in the mind and in the body. By the end of this workshop we hope you will grain a deepened understanding of neurobiology as it relates to trauma, survival, and growth.

Honouring our Emotions
Date: Tuesdays, June 16th – July 21st, 2020
Time: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
An open workshop series where we will explore different emotions each week. We will discuss how to accept and process strong emotions in a way that is useful for healing.
Week 1: Introduction and Radical Acceptance 
Week 2: Shame and Guilt 
Week 3: Anger
Week 4: Grief and sadness
Week 5: Fear and anxiety
Week 6: Joy
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