Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region
August Newsletter
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This Saturday, five teams will be piloting #RAWRforSASC, a new adventure race in support of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region.

Cheer on your favourite team as they paddle, bike and trek through the region by making a donation. Click here for a direct link to our donation page!

Interested in learning more about RAWR? Race Director, Tessa Jennison, and our Executive Director, Sara Casselman, joined Mike Farwell on 570 News to chat about how the race came to be, and where it's headed next year. Click on the video below to check it out!

Full audio is posted here ! 

In June we told you all about Male Allies, which is one part of our Public Education program. Here at SASC we are lucky to have multiple educators on our team, meaning we are able to offer the community a variety of workshops, trainings and other forms of support. 
One of our most commonly requested workshops is on addressing sexual violence culture. In this session we talk about various attitudes and actions which can be harmful, such as asking a friend on a date over and over again, catcalling and using alcohol to “loosen a date up.” Understanding how these behaviours come together with many others to form sexual violence culture can help promote bystander intervention and lead towards a culture shift.

This workshop and others such as consent and healthy relationships, are offered in schools, community groups, post-secondary institutions and more. Each presentation is tailored to the age and needs of the group and centres on the goal of increasing knowledge, creating motivation and building skills. We also have multi-session programs available, including our Male Allies Young Men’s Group for ages 12-14, and our Women’s Youth Group for ages 13-15.

Our Women’s Youth Group focuses on providing participants with skills and resources surrounding issues, such as sexual violence, relationships, boundaries, stereotypes and media literacy. This 10-week program, consisting of a one-hour session each week, uses interactive and engaging activities to empower young women, and build systems of support.

For more workshop descriptions, please check out our Public Education page on our website at:
RESET: New Anti-Human Trafficking Curriculum

We also offer anti-human trafficking specific education and resources. We are able to train service providers, educators, social workers and other community members on identifying and understanding sexual exploitation.  This year we developed RESET: Recognizing Exploitation, a Syllabus to End Trafficking, which uses activities to engage 12-15 year old students.  They learn about vulnerability, consent, grooming and unhealthy relationship behaviours, online safety, and work through complex scenarios. RESET is available to educators and other group leaders; if you're interested in this curriculum, please contact our Public Education team at
Join us as we toast to 30 years of resilience, healing and hope! Tickets to Cheers To 30 Years: SASC's Annual Gala are available now.
Early bird prices are in effect until October 14. After that, tickets are available at regular price until October 27.
Sponsorship opportunites are still available. Please contact Laura Hill, Development and Communications Coordinator, at if you are interested in supporting local survivors of sexual violence.
Every month, we are highlighting one of our dedicated board members so you can get to know some of the people in our community who are committed to ending sexual violence.

This month, we are happy to share a bit about our awesome board secretary, Melanie Baker! 

What do you do? Customer Experience and Knowledge Management for domain registrar iwantmyname & Communitech columnist (most of my days are spent helping people set up or fix their websites and email).

Why did you become a board member with SASC? Well, I was asked, which is the first step! It was an opportunity to gain a lot of new experience and learn more about our sector and issues around sexual violence from closer up, and I was looking for some new volunteering.

What does being on the SASC board bring to you? One of the biggest things is a better understanding of how social and social justice issues are very intertwined. Domestic and sexual violence, human trafficking, homelessness/unstable housing, addictions, mental health, long-term effects of trauma, funding issues... and how it's all exacerbated for already marginalized communities.

Anything else about you we should know about you? I don't have an educational or work background in our sector or in NFPs in general, but I think it's important experience for people from more traditional corporate backgrounds. It's been really eye-opening and valuable. Especially in the tech sector, it's easy to end up in a bubble and unaware of what's going on in the world and our community.

Thanks Melanie!
Monthly giving is a simple, tangible and feel-good way that you can give back throughout the whole year. Just $10 a month can make a difference for a local survivor of sexual violence. Consider that…
  • $10 a month can provide survivors with practical assistance such as bus tickets, food, and self-care items
  • $25 a month can provide 8 hours of coverage on our 24 Hour Support Line, ensuring a trained and caring person is always available to take a call
  • $50 a month can support workshops for youth about consent and healthy-relationships
  • $75 a month can support one survivor through their healing journey
Your donation has real, direct impact for a local survivor of sexual violence.

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