Red Dress Day recognizes MMIWG

By Tammy Barbour

With the increasing number of unmarked graves of Indigenous children who attended residential school being uncovered across Canada, we must recognize Canada’s colonial past and the lasting negative impact to Indigenous communities.

Red Dress Day is a grassroots movement that grew out of decades of activism from families, survivors, Indigenous peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the National Inquiry into Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG).

This has identified the need for all of us to take action to address the harm and violence experienced by Indigenous peoples, specifically women, girls and 2SLBGTQQIA+ people.

The development of Canada, from a historical context, identified Indigenous women and girls as a means of colonization, population growth and of misogynistic value.

The historical colonization practice created systemic discrimination and inequities that have contributed to oversexualization and dehumanization of Indigenous women and girls.

Sexual violence remains the most under-reported crime in Canada with 95 per cent of survivors who do not report their assaults to the police. In 2014, 83,000 Albertans reported sexual assaults to the police.

The numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada continues to rise and many cases are unresolved to this day.

Indigenous women’s groups have documented the number of MMIWG to be over 4000. It is believed that the numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls is not definitive due to under reporting of violence and lack of ethnic reporting in databases.

According to the 2004 General Social Survey, Indigenous women 15 years and older were three and a half times more likely to experience violence than non-Indigenous women.

The Kinship Intervention Program (KIP) at the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) focuses on the prevention and intervention of sexualized behaviour, historical trauma, sexual abuse, sexual violence and the support for individuals, families and communities to heal from the violence and trauma in their way.

The environments in which we live, raise our children, learn and grow as people must not reinforce the systemic and discriminatory forms of gender-based violence that has been part of our history.

We need to come together and dismantle the social environments that allow sexism, racism, homophobia, transphobia and the systemic discrimination and inequities entrenched in our governments, policies and practices.

With the change to these environments, we can then work together to create safe spaces for all peoples, specifically addressing the real violence that Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people face every day.

Indigenous people in Canada have faced systemic violence and oppression for generations and have lost children, mothers, aunties, sisters, and grandmothers to sexualized violence in Canada.

By recognizing and continuing the conversation we contribute to the increased awareness of MMIWG as the sexual violence still exists today.

We can increase awareness of these realities by remembering missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls along with solidarity with family members and loved ones.

Red Dress Day is a recognition that our environments are not equal for all people and that we will not accept the over sexualization of Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people.

We ask everyone to wear red or hang a red dress in their window on Thursday, May 5 to increase awareness and contribute to the establishment of safer environments wherever they live.

It will take long-term commitment and passion to end the violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ from all aspects of the Canadian identity.

Please wear red and let the families of the MMIWG know that you hear them.

Tammy Barbour is the community engagement facilitator for the Kinship Intervention Program (KIP) of the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre.

Article as published in the Red Deer Advocate on May 3, 2022.

Monthly update – CASASC connections – May

Welcome back to CASASC Connections. This is a space where we provide updates on our services, programs and all things CASASC for the month of May.

 

Counselling

Counselling can be accessed Monday – Friday and does not require a referral or special circumstances. Individuals can call the main office to start their counselling journey anytime at 403-340-1124.

  • Sessions are offered in-person, through secure video chat or by phone
  • Waitlist is approximately two months
  • We have a session cap of 15 sessions

Adult clients: Call the main admin line. An intake appointment will be booked with our Intake Worker, then you will be set up with a counsellor.

Child/youth clients: We will need to ensure consent forms are in place (both parents or legal documentation) and the same process will happen – an intake appointment is booked, followed by appointments with one of the child counsellors.

 

Kinship Intervention Program (KIP)

KIP offers a combination of early intervention practices and a community-based approach, integrating anyone in the youth’s support network or community.

Available to any Indigenous youth (age 6 -17) who exhibits sexualized behaviour concerns or engages in “sexual acting out” or who has experienced sexual violence. The program works collaboratively with the youth’s family and elders.

KIP builds relationships throughout Central Alberta with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous service providers and communities. We can provide in-person mental health services for Indigenous youth and adults, including crisis intervention and remote counselling services.

 

24 Hour Sexual Violence Help Line

1-866-956-1099 www.casasc.ca

Available through phone, text or webchat – We provide 24/7 confidential and anonymous support and a friendly conversation with the end goal being information, support and referrals.

In April the help line received 140 contacts. The SART team responded to eight calls.

Volunteers Needed – email casasc@casasc.ca

Join our team. We continue to accept applications for virtual and remote volunteers on the 24/7 Help Line.

 

Police, Community + Court Support

For more info email courtsupport@casasc.ca

The CASASC Police, Community + Court Support program is your safe place. We are dedicated to being that place where you work through your options, navigate the system, and process a traumatic experience. Our support workers are here to listen and support you while you are considering or navigating the criminal justice system. We are advocates and sources of information for you – that safe guiding presence throughout the process.

The Community + Court Support Program is available to anyone (age 16+) who has experienced sexual violence. You’d don’t need to be an existing CASASC client.

No matter where you are in your healing journey, or whether you choose to report, the Police, Community + Court Support Program is here to provide:

  • Support, information, and advocacy. No legal services or advice is provided
  • Can discuss options for legal advice and provide resources and referrals
  • Information about reporting, the court process and court preparation
  • Accompaniment to report and/or court proceedings
  • Assistance with filling out forms and applications

*Ask us about the SUPPORTIVE REPORTING option

 

Education – Prevention and Awareness

education@casasc.ca

Do you have summer child + youth programming? We work year-round and have openings this summer to deliver some interactive lessons at your camps and programs.

Adult learning is super beneficial to the development of healthy relationships of our children and students. Role modeling and reinforcing positive messages and behaviours can have some of the greatest impact on the respectful relationships of our students.  Consider reaching out, we’re happy to have basic, advanced, supportive and discussion-based presentations with you.

Connect today to bring us in.

 

Let’s connect

Follow us on our social pages to stay updated with what we are up to

  • Twitter @CASASC2
  • Facebook @CASASCRD
  • Instagram @CASASC3

 

Did You Know?

  • Talking about the prevention of Sexual Violence does not have to be hard, uncomfortable or triggering. Connect with us today to learn how to bring prevention education conversations to your community.
  • CASASC does not provide sexual education services or presentation about sexual health.
  • CASASC does not provide direct services for offenders of sexual violence.

 

SVAM School/Community Package

May is SVAM and May 27th is Respect Day, a day to celebrate respect initiatives + social action projects around respectful healthy relationships and violence prevention.

CASASC would like to offer our support to schools and community by providing a free document of grade specific activities and social action.

Click the link below to access the SVAM school package which will allow you to engage students, in all grades, with respect, skill building and healthy relationship themed opportunities throughout the month of May.

Please take this document as our way of supporting schools and communities in their efforts to continue building healthy schools and students. We are here for you, we support you, we care.

Link: https://casasc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/SVAM-2022-School-Package.pdf

 

The Voices: Victims + Survivors of Crime Speaker Series

Just in time for Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM), we are co-hosting this free weekly online speaker series.

This series will occur weekly in May, beginning May 4th. Each week there will be discussions on the resources available to you in your area, as well as the impacts of assault and crime. This series is completely free and aims to spread awareness of the many resources available to victims + survivors of crime. Tune in weekly at 12:30 p.m. for different topics.

Links to these live presentations will go up on the Central Alberta Child Advocacy Centres Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/CentralABCAC

 

Virtual Learning Series

The CASASC Spring/Summer e-learning series is back. For the months of May to August CASASC will be hosting various free + virtual education lessons for the community.

Services & Programs at CASASC (30 min)

A short session overviewing the programs and services available at CASASC.

For May – August dates and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/services-programs-of-the-central-alberta-sexual-assault-support-centre-tickets-305069279427

Introduction to Sexual Violence (60 min)

A public awareness and education presentation that introduces, and highlights, definitions and concepts related to sexual violence. We will discuss dispelling myths and stereotypes, talk about victim blaming, the realities of sexual violence and a brief understanding of supporting disclosures.

For May – August dates and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-sexual-violence-presentation-tickets-305057193277

Supporting Disclosures (45 min)

This session will help to enhance our skills and knowledge around supporting disclosures of sexual violence. An overview of the fundamentals of responding to and supporting disclosure of sexual assault and abuse from children, youth and adults. Learn some key messages and legal obligations when it comes to reporting child abuse.

For May – August dates and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/supporting-disclosures-of-sexual-violence-tickets-305060773987

Consent 101 (60 min)

Join us as we overview basics about consent to sexual activity, key focus on conversations for youth and young people. This program can help you talk about consent with youth and can also help us understand the role of consent in healthy relationships. Definitions, laws + ages of consent, sexting and healthy intimate partner relationships will be some of the information covered.

For May – August dates and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/consent-101-tickets-305082248217

Activity Sharing – Teaching Prevention Education, Grades K-7 (60 min)

Join our Education team as they share a few activities you can do with children and youth to engage them in prevention education conversations. We will explain how to use the activities, provide you with access to the digital materials, practice delivery as needed and answer any additional questions. Activities geared for class sized groups of children/youth however can be adapted to individual conversations.

  • Body Parts Bingo (Grade K-4)
  • Body “bubble” Boundary (Grade 4-6)
  • Emotion Statues (Grade 4-6)
  • Diversity Unicorn (Grade 5-7)

For May – August dates and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/activity-sharing-teaching-prevention-education-in-grades-k-7-tickets-305087634327

Education Learning Series – May SVAM

Services + Programs at CASASC (30 min)

Join us for a short 30min session overviewing the programs and services available at CASASC.

– Counselling 

– Police, Community + Court Support 

– Kinship Intervention Program (KIP) 

– 24/7 Sexual Violence Help Line 

– Prevention Education, school presentations for K-12 

Free, Register here

May dates:

Tues, May 3 – 9:00-9:30 

Tues, May 3 – 10:30-11:00 

Wed, May 18 – 11:00-11:30 

Wed, May 18 – 3:00-3:30 

 

Introduction to Sexual Violence (60 min)

Do you want to enhance your knowledge around sexual violence education? Join us as we present an Introduction to Sexual Violence. This presentation is a public awareness and education presentation that introduces, and highlights, definitions and concepts related to sexual violence. We will discuss dispelling myths and stereotypes, talk about victim blaming, the realities of sexual violence, and a brief understanding of supporting disclosures. 

Free, Register here

May dates:

Wed, May 4 – 1:30-2:30 

Tues, May 24 – 11:00-12:00 

 

Consent 101 (60 min)

Join us as we overview basics about Consent and Consent to Sexual Activity, key focus on Consent conversations as it relates to our youth and young people. This program can help you talk about consent with youth and can also help us understand the role of consent in healthy relationships. Definitions, laws + ages of consent, sexting and healthy intimate partner relationships will be some of the information covered. 

Free, Register here

May dates:

Wed, May 11 – 11:00-12:00 

Mon, May 16 – 2:00-3:00 

Mon, May 30 – 9:00-10:00 

Mon, May 30 – 1:00-2:00 

 

Activity Sharing – Teaching Prevention Education, Grades K-7 (60 min)

Join our Education team as they share a few activities you can do with children and youth to engage them in prevention education conversations. We will explain how to use the activities, provide you with access to the digital materials, practice delivery as needed and answer any additional questions. Activities geared for class sized groups of children/youth however can be adapted to individual conversations. 

– Body Parts Bingo (grade K-4) 

– Body “bubble” Boundary (grade 4-6) 

– Emotion Statues (grade 4-6) 

– Diversity Unicorn (grade 5-7) 

Free, Register here

May dates:

Wed, May 11 – 2:00-3:00 

Mon, May 16 – 11:00-12:00 

Now Hiring Marketing Assistant Summer Student

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre is seeking an energetic student to fill the position of Marketing Assistant – Summer Student

This is a great opportunity for students who wish to develop skills and gain experience and be ready for fulltime work once they complete their education.

 

The job details are as below:

Position: Marketing Assistant – Summer Student

No. of Positions: 1

Position Type: Full time term – 8 weeks

Hours per week: 37.5 hours

Workdays: Monday to Friday

Hourly rate: $15.00 per hour

Anticipated Start Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022 (could be sooner)

Location: CASASC, Main Office A201, 5212 48 St. , Red Deer, AB

 

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Communications & Administration Manager, the Marketing Assistant provides day-today support for Marketing and Communication activities to the organization as per the responsibilities of the role and ensure confidentiality, prompt communication, and resourcefulness. The role provides expertise and timely fulfillment of tasks related to supporting social media aspect of our organization.

 

Eligibility:

To be eligible for the position of Marketing Assistant – Summer Student, you must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • have been registered as full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations.

 

Qualification & Requirements:

  • ­Current enrollment in a Marketing & Communications designated program (preferred) or any other relevant program.
  • Good understanding of marketing and communication principles.
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience with Word Press, graphic designing, email marketing software, Adobe creative Suite (Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign)
  • Hands-on experience managing social media, print media, and other communications
  • Video production experience would be an asset.
  • Must be a great team player and yet can work independently
  • Must be able to present clear criminal records check at their own expense.
  • Must have professional acumen and be willing to learn
  • Ability to develop and maintain professional rapport with other internal and external members of the organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize the tasks to meet deadlines

 

Responsibilities:

  • Responsible for day-today administrative tasks to ensure the functionality and coordination of the department. Also, provides support to the Administration department as and when required.
  • Creates and schedule posts with engaging content and reports statistics to the Communications and Administration Manger.
  • Provides regular content updates for the organization’s website.
  • Assist in the development of CASASC’s internal and external communications including, but not limited to marketing collateral materials. This includes writing, editing, designing.
  • Assists with management and content creation of social media platforms, CASASC’s website, E-newsletter and/or print media
  • Assists in organizing promotional and community events, including fundraisers. Works in collaboration with the Office Assistant and provides support in creating promotional content for the same.
  • Liaise with CASASC’s other departments to determine and assist with any internal marketing requirements.

 

This job is funded by the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

 

How to apply:

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building an inclusive workplace that celebrates diversity and remains free from discrimination and harassment. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

Please email your resume and cover letter to hr@casasc.ca by May 5, 2021. Mention the position in the subject line.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Now Hiring Office Assistant Summer Student

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre is seeking an energetic student to fill the position of Office Assistant – Summer Student

This is a great opportunity for students who wish to develop skills and gain experience and be ready for fulltime work once they complete their education.

 

The job details are as below:

Position: Office Assistant – Summer Student

No. of Positions: 1

Position Type: Full time term – 8 weeks

Hours per week: 37.5 hours

Workdays: Monday to Friday

Hourly rate: $15.00 per hour

Anticipated Start Date: Thursday, May 12, 2022 (could be sooner)

Location: CASASC, Main Office A201, 5212 48 St. , Red Deer, AB

 

Job Summary:

Reporting to the Executive Director and Supervised by the Communications & Administration Manager, the Office Assistant provides support to the organization as per the responsibilities of the role and ensure confidentiality, prompt communication, and resourcefulness.

 

Eligibility:

To be eligible for the position of Office Assistant – Summer Student, you must:

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment
  • have been registered as full-time student in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act for the duration of the employment
  • have a valid Social Insurance Number at the start of employment and be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial or territorial legislation and regulations

 

Qualification & Requirements:

  • ­Current enrollment in Business Administration program or any other relevant program.
  • Good understanding of Administration principles.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite, social media tools and platforms required to fulfill the responsibilities.
  • must be able to present clear criminal records check at their own expense.
  • must have professional acumen and be willing to learn
  • must be a great team player and yet can work independently
  • ability to develop and maintain professional rapport with other internal and external members of the organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to multitask and prioritize the tasks to meet deadlines

 

Responsibilities:

  • ­Provide administrative and operational support to the Executive Director.
  • Maintains manual and computerized information filing system.
  • In collaboration with the Marketing Assistant, and under the supervision of Executive Director and Communications & Administration Manager, arranges and participates the fundraisers and events that are planned in-person and/or virtual.
  • Assists Executive Director in grants and report writing.
  • Provides support to the Administration department as and when required.
  • Works in collaboration with the Marketing Assistant and plans and creates promotional content for fundraisers and events.
  • Creates and implements marketing plan for upcoming fundraisers and events.
  • Works collaboratively with community partners and CASASC team members to coordinate the aspects of fundraisers and events.

 

This job is funded by the Canada Summer Jobs Program.

 

How to apply:

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to building an inclusive workplace that celebrates diversity and remains free from discrimination and harassment. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals.

Please email your resume and cover letter to hr@casasc.ca by May 5, 2021. Mention the position in the subject line.

We thank all applicants for their interest; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Your 2022 Guide to Sexual Violence Awareness Month

The Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) is dedicated to supporting those affected by sexual violence each and every day of the year.

In Alberta, May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM). The goal of SVAM is to raise public awareness about sexual violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it.

The theme of SVAM this year is RISE. We know that one month alone isn’t enough to solve the widespread issue of sexual violence; however, the attention we generate during the month is an opportunity to energize and expand prevention efforts throughout the year.

 

About RISE

SVAM is about more than awareness – the ultimate goal is prevention. This year’s theme centres around rising up – rising up to support, empower, show respect and inspire one another during this uncertain time.

The theme Rise is inspired by Maya Angelou’s poem Still I Rise. She writes: “Just like the moons and like suns, With the certainty of tides, Just like hopes springing high, Still I’ll rise.”

Throughout the pandemic, rates of sexual violence continued to increase. Sexual violence is often a taboo topic and the issue has been pushed into the back, dark crevasse of society.

Sexual violence needs to be addressed and a message of hope needs to be relayed to survivors. This is why we rise – to empower, to support, to inspire and to show respect.

 

Key Messages: Sexual Violence and Prevention

Sexual violence is a serious and widespread problem. Anyone can experience sexual violence in their lifetime, however most incidents occur against women and girls.

In their lifetime, 45 per cent of adult Albertans have experienced some type of sexual abuse. That’s two in three adult females and one in three adult males.

In Canada, 87 per cent of survivors are women and girls. Ninety-four per cent of offenders are men. Sexual violence is the most underreported crime in Canada. Ninety-five per cent of survivors do not report their assaults to the police.

Statistics also show that some groups are more likely to experience sexual violence including: Indigenous women and girls, children and adolescents, people with disabilities, those of the LGBTQ2IA+ community and new Canadians.

When we speak about prevention, we mean stopping sexual violence before it even has a chance to happen. This means changing the social norms that allow it to exist in the first place, from individual attitudes, values and behaviors to laws, institutions and widespread social norms. CASASC believes this is achieved through the concept of respect.

Prevention is all our responsibility. We can create and promote safe respectful environments through all facets of our lives. We can intervene to stop concerning behavior; promote and model healthy attitudes and relationships; promote the creation of a culture of respect; and believe survivors and assist them in finding the support they need.

 

How You Can Stay Involved All Month Long

Each week in May we’re featuring different ways you can get involved by promoting awareness and rising up. Want to get involved? We’ve got you covered. We have an array of events and ways for you to participate in SVAM. More details about each individual event will be released throughout the month.

Download the SVAM calendar here

 

Calendar of Events:

Week 1:

May 1

-Launch of SVAM

May 3

-Services + Programs at CASASC virtual presentations

May 4

-Introduction to Sexual Violence virtual presentation

-The Voices virtual presentation

May 5

-Red Dress Day

-Supporting Disclosures virtual presentation

 

Week 2:

May 11

-Consent 101 virtual presentation

-Activity Sharing – Teaching prevention education Grades K-7 virtual presentation

-The Voices virtual presentation

May 14

-Rockin’ Red Deer Lip Sync Battle Event (CANCELLED)

 

Week 3:

May 16

-Consent 101 virtual presentation

-Activity Sharing – Teaching prevention education Grades K-7 virtual presentation

May 18

-Services + Programs at CASASC virtual presentations

-The Voices virtual presentation

May 19

-iRespect Yoga in the Park

May 20

-Social media takeover

 

Week 4:

May 24

-Introduction to Sexual Violence virtual presentation

-Ask An Expert Parenting + Sexualized Behaviour conversation with our clinical expert

May 25

-Supporting Disclosures virtual presentation

-The Voices virtual presentation

-iRespect Yoga in the Park

May 27

-Respect Day

 

Week 5:

May 30

-Consent 101 virtual presentations

 

 

Available all month long:

-SVAM school activity guide

A free document of SVAM activities + information for schools and community.

-iRespect colouring pages

Join Ressie the Respect unicorn and colour two pages.

-iRespect statement sign

Make your own Respect statement. Print out your own sign, tell us how/what you respect. Send in your statement signs to education@casasc.ca or tag us in our social media. Use the #iRespect hashtag.

-iRespect – MADE TO RESPECT t-shirts

Individuals are encouraged to wear the classic CASASC t-shirt on May 27. T-shirts are available at the main office for a nominal donation. Sizes are limited. Post a selfie of yourself wearing the t-shirt and tag CASASC in social media. Use the #iRespect hashtag.

-iRespect playlist Vol. 2

Listen to a respect and empowerment playlist curated by CASASC staff.

 

Find these month-long offerings on the iRespect tab of the CASASC website https://casasc.ca/irespect/ launching May 1.

 

Your week-to-week guide: RISE

Week 1: Empower (May 1 – May 7)

Week 2: Support (May 8 – May 14)

Week 3: Inspire (May 15 – May 21)

Week 4: Respect (May 22 – May 28)

 

Checking your social media feeds anyway? Follow CASASC on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and YouTube where we will be sharing information, statistics, resources, graphics and videos for SVAM throughout the month of May. Share our posts, tag CASASC and encourage others to do the same.

 

Maya Angelou’s Poem Still I Rise: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/46446/still-i-rise

 

Facebook: @CASASCRD

Twitter: @CASASC2

Instagram: @CASASC3

YouTube: Let’s Connect – CASASC

 

Hashtags: #iRespect, #SVAM, #cultureofrespect #rise

 

Update – Rockin’ Red Deer Lip Sync Battle

The date to register for the Rockin’ Red Deer Lip Sync Battle Event has been extended to May 11. The cost to register has also been waived to add greater access to this fundraiser event.

On Saturday, May 14 prepare to hit the stage for a great cause. Join us at Bower Ponds for the Rockin’ Red Deer Lip Sync Battle Event.

Lead the Way Development Inc. (LTW) and the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC) have partnered together for this very special fundraising event.

After two long years of isolation, separating and social distancing, it’s time to let loose and reconnect. The fundraiser event kicks off at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m.

The community-focused, team building event will bring together different businesses, clubs and organizations with the goal of supporting those in need within central Alberta. All proceeds will go towards CASASC to help continue their mission – to end sexual violence and help build safer communities.

Rockin’ Red Deer is an outdoor community event suitable for all ages.

Channeling your inner rockstar on stage is simple – find your team, decide on a song that you will use in your live on-stage battle, gain pledges and support from your peers and practice.

One team will be crowned the Rockin’ Red Deer Lip Sync Grand Champion. This is the first year for the Rockin’ Red Deer Lip Sync Battle Event.

Registration is open for individuals, duos and trios. Register a team with up to five people. There is no cost to register. More details can be found at: https://www.leadthewaydevelopment.com/lip-sync-battle-red-deer

There is no cost for spectators to attend the event. Support your community and come out for a day of fun, singing and dancing with your family.

Monthly update – CASASC Connections – April

Welcome back to CASASC Connections. This is a space where we provide updates on our services, programs and all things CASASC for the month of April.

 

Clinical/Counselling

Counselling can be accessed Monday – Friday and does not require a referral or special circumstances. Individuals can call the main office to start their counselling journey anytime at 403-340-1124.

  • Sessions are offered in-person, through secure video chat or by phone
  • Waitlist is approximately two months
  • We have a session cap of 15 sessions

Adult clients: Call the main admin line. An intake appointment will be booked with our Intake Worker, then you will be set up with a counsellor.

Child/youth clients: We will need to ensure consent forms are in place (both parents or legal documentation) and the same process will happen – an intake appointment is booked, followed by appointments with one of the child counsellors.

 

Kinship Intervention Program (KIP)

KIP offers a combination of early intervention practices and a community-based approach, integrating anyone in the youth’s support network or community.

Available to any Indigenous youth (age 6 -17) who exhibits sexualized behaviour concerns or engages in “sexual acting out” or who has experienced sexual violence. The program works collaboratively with the youth’s family and elders.

KIP builds relationships throughout Central Alberta with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous service providers and communities. We can provide in-person mental health services for Indigenous youth and adults, including crisis intervention and remote counselling services.

 

24 Hour Sexual Violence Help Line

1-866-956-1099 www.casasc.ca

Available through phone, text or webchat – We provide 24/7 confidential and anonymous support and a friendly conversation with the end goal being information, support and referrals.

In March the help line received 148 plus contacts. The SART team responded to six calls.

Volunteers Needed – email casasc@casasc.ca

Join our team. We continue to accept applications for virtual and remote volunteers on the 24/7 Help Line.

 

Police, Community + Court Support

For more info email courtsupport@casasc.ca

The CASASC Police, Community + Court Support program is your safe place. We are dedicated to being that place where you work through your options, navigate the system, and process a traumatic experience. Our support workers are here to listen and support you while you are considering or navigating the criminal justice system. We are advocates and sources of information for you – that safe guiding presence throughout the process.

The Community + Court Support Program is available to anyone (age 16+) who has experienced sexual violence. You’d don’t need to be an existing CASASC client.

No matter where you are in your healing journey, or whether you choose to report, the Police, Community + Court Support Program is here to provide:

  • Support, information, and advocacy. No legal services or advice is provided
  • Can discuss options for legal advice and provide resources and referrals
  • Information about reporting, the court process and court preparation
  • Accompaniment to report and/or court proceedings
  • Assistance with filling out forms and applications

*Ask us about the SUPPORTIVE REPORTING option

Victims and Survivors of Crime Week is coming in up May. Stay tuned for more details on the virtual event May 18.

 

Education – Prevention and Awareness

education@casasc.ca

Consultation sessions are available for community workers, schools and teachers who are looking to build their classroom content and curriculum for next school year. Consider reaching out to our Education team to support your lesson planning. Our prevention education content for Grades K-12 fits many areas in Alberta Health and Life Skills as well as CALM curriculum outcomes.

We’d be happy to connect with other organizations, presentations and programs you are bringing into your classes as well to make sure our content doesn’t overlap and can together provides a well-rounded set of lessons for your students.

Have summer child + youth programming? We work year-round and have opening this summer to deliver some interactive lessons at your camps and programs. Connect today to book us in.

 

Let’s connect

Follow us on our social pages to stay updated with what we are up to

  • Twitter @CASASC2
  • Facebook @CASASCRD
  • Instagram @CASASC3

 

Did You Know?

  • May is Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM) and we’re asking for your support. Stay tuned for more information about our hosted events in May and join in.
  • Community consultations are available. Our Education and Awareness team is happy to connect with you about sexual violence awareness, SVAM and social action planning. We provide free PD opportunities and information to help support staff and client knowledge of sexual violence resources and prevention strategies.
  • Don’t be caught off guard. Learn about sexual violence services so that you can support when called upon. You’ll never know you need us, until you do.
  • Sexual violence remains a problem in Canada. Forty-five per cent of adult Albertans have experienced some type of sexual abuse in their lifetime. That is almost one in every two Albertans.
  • In Alberta, two in three women and one in three men have experienced sexual abuse in their lifetime. In a 2019 study, 67 per cent of Albertans indicated knowing a survivor of sexual abuse, with 53 per cent having personally supported a survivor.

 

Youth Opportunity – Seeking Poster Ideas

What would you like to see on a consent-related OYMY poster? What does consent look like and sounds like for youth?

Do you know a creative youth? We are looking to expand our campaign with new poster variations, and we’d love to hear your ideas. Let us know what you would like to see on a consent poster, your ideas, specific wording or your thoughts on a different target audience.  Or try your hand at designing a new look for our posters.

Poster ideas, designs and messages should focus on what consent can sound & look like? Remember, consent is not just for sexual activity.

Email your ideas and designs to education@casasc.ca

 

Virtual Learning Series

The CASASC Spring/Summer e-learning series is back. For the months of May to August CASASC will be hosting various free + virtual education lessons for the community.

 

Services & Programs at CASASC (30 min)

A short session overviewing the programs and services available at CASASC.

For May – August dates and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/services-programs-of-the-central-alberta-sexual-assault-support-centre-tickets-305069279427

 

Introduction to Sexual Violence (60 min)

A public awareness and education presentation that introduces, and highlights, definitions and concepts related to sexual violence. We will discuss dispelling myths and stereotypes, talk about victim blaming, the realities of sexual violence and a brief understanding of supporting disclosures.

For May – August dates and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/introduction-to-sexual-violence-presentation-tickets-305057193277

 

Supporting Disclosures (45 min)

This session will help to enhance our skills and knowledge around supporting disclosures of sexual violence. An overview of the fundamentals of responding to and supporting disclosure of sexual assault and abuse from children, youth and adults. Learn some key messages and legal obligations when it comes to reporting child abuse.

For May – August dates and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/supporting-disclosures-of-sexual-violence-tickets-305060773987

 

Consent 101 (60 min)

Join us as we overview basics about consent to sexual activity, key focus on conversations for youth and young people. This program can help you talk about consent with youth and can also help us understand the role of consent in healthy relationships. Definitions, laws + ages of consent, sexting and healthy intimate partner relationships will be some of the information covered.

For May – August dates and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/consent-101-tickets-305082248217

 

Activity Sharing – Teaching Prevention Education, Grades K-7 (60 min)

Join our Education team as they share a few activities you can do with children and youth to engage them in prevention education conversations. We will explain how to use the activities, provide you with access to the digital materials, practice delivery as needed and answer any additional questions. Activities geared for class sized groups of children/youth however can be adapted to individual conversations.

  • Body Parts Bingo (Grade K-4)
  • Body “bubble” Boundary (Grade 4-6)
  • Emotion Statues (Grade 4-6)
  • Diversity Unicorn (Grade 5-7)

For May – August dates and to register visit:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/activity-sharing-teaching-prevention-education-in-grades-k-7-tickets-305087634327

A million reasons why

By Sarah Maetche

There are a million reasons why someone who has experienced sexual or family violence won’t come forward.

Sometimes there are threats to safety. Sometimes they are threatened with legal action. Other times, the person who abused the individual holds a position of power over the victim. There are a many valid reasons why someone would not come forward to tell their story or seek justice.

Actress and activist for survivors of domestic and sexual abuse Evan Rachel Wood recently came forward and named her abuser. Following years of speculation of who was her unnamed abuser, Wood released a statement claiming she suffered years of horrific abuse by shock rocker Marilyn Manson.

In her appearance on the daytime TV show The View, Wood detailed some of the reasons why she didn’t come forward or name her abuser for over a decade. She has also recently released a documentary on the subject called Phoenix Rising.

On the talk show Wood stated that there are a million reasons why someone might not come forward such as trauma, intimidation, going up against someone who is powerful with many resources and fear of retaliation.

“Society around this issue is so geared around shame, blame and victim blaming and that is by design,” said Wood. “Even the way we speak about these things. We are still asking victim the question why they didn’t leave. And the fact that we are still asking that question tells me how much work there is to do.

“Nobody ever asks why the abuser didn’t leave,” she added. “We are programmed to ask these questions. We need to start asking different questions.”

“I am sad, because this is how it works,” said Wood who is now being sued by her alleged abuser. “This is what pretty much every survivor that tries to expose someone in a position of power goes though, and this is part of the retaliation that keeps survivors quiet. This is why people don’t want to come forward.”

There are also a million reasons why someone experiencing sexual or family violence didn’t leave an abusive relationship. These are some frequent questions we often hear asked of victims: “Why didn’t you leave?,” “Why did you tolerate the abuse?,” and “Why didn’t you do something?”

We seem to be constantly asking questions to the victim of the abuse. With this “why” narrative played over and over again, we imply some type of responsibility or blame onto the victim. This is a dangerous and slippery slope we should avoid continuing to perpetuate.

English singer-songwriter FKA twigs recently pushed back on this question after an interviewer asked her why she didn’t leave an abusive relationship.

“We have to stop asking that question,” said twigs in the interview. “I’m not going to answer that question any more. Because the question should really be to the abuser: why are you holding someone hostage with abuse? People say it can’t have been that bad, because else you would’ve left. But it’s like, no, it’s because it was that bad, I couldn’t leave.”

To avoid victim blaming and to work towards eliminating violence in our community, we can flip this narrative and start asking questions like “Why are you abusing this person you claim to love?” to the abuser. The first question in our minds should be “why didn’t the abuser stop their behaviour?” The sole responsibility of the abuse and violence should be placed on the abuser.

Like Wood said, let’s start asking different questions.

Sarah Maetche is the communications and administration manager at the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Centre.

Article as published in the Red Deer Advocate on April 1, 2022

 

Monthly update – CASASC Connections – March

Welcome back to CASASC Connections. This is a space where we provide updates on our services, programs and all things CASASC for the month of March.

 

Clinical/Counselling

Counselling can be accessed Monday – Friday and does not require a referral or special circumstances. Individuals can call the main office to start their counselling journey anytime at 403-340-1124.

  • Sessions are offered in-person, through secure video chat or by phone
  • Waitlist is approximately two months
  • We have a session cap of 15 sessions

Adult clients: Call the main admin line. An intake appointment will be booked with our Intake Worker, then you will be set up with a counsellor.

Child/youth clients: We will need to ensure consent forms are in place (both parents or legal documentation) and the same process will happen – an intake appointment is booked, followed by appointments with one of the child counsellors.

 

Kinship Intervention Program (KIP)

KIP offers a combination of early intervention practices and a community-based approach, integrating anyone in the youth’s support network or community.

Available to any Indigenous youth (age 6 -17) who exhibits sexualized behaviour concerns or engages in “sexual acting out” or who has experienced sexual violence. The program works collaboratively with the youth’s family and elders.

KIP builds relationships throughout Central Alberta with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous service providers and communities. We can provide in-person mental health services for Indigenous youth and adults, including crisis intervention and remote counselling services.

 

24 Hour Sexual Violence Help Line

1-866-956-1099

www.casasc.ca

Available through call, text or webchat – We provide 24/7 confidential and anonymous support and a friendly conversation with the end goal being information, support and referrals.

February was the second busiest month on record with 209 contacts. This equals an average of seven contacts per day.

Volunteer Opportunities – email casasc@casasc.ca

Join our team. We continue to accept applications for virtual and remote volunteers on the 24/7 Help Line and an on-site admin/reception volunteer.

 

Police, Community + Court Support

For more info email courtsupport@casasc.ca

The CASASC Police, Community + Court Support program is your safe place. We are dedicated to being that place where you work through your options, navigate the system, and process a traumatic experience. Our support workers are here to listen and support you while you are considering or navigating the criminal justice system. We are advocates and sources of information for you – that safe guiding presence throughout the process.

The Community + Court Support Program is available to anyone (age 16+) who has experienced sexual violence. You’d don’t need to be an existing CASASC client.

No matter where you are in your healing journey, or whether you choose to report, the Police, Community + Court Support Program is here to provide:

  • Support, information, and advocacy. No legal services or advice is provided
  • Can discuss options for legal advice and provide resources and referrals
  • Information about reporting, the court process and court preparation
  • Accompaniment to report and/or court proceedings
  • Assistance with filling out forms and applications

*Ask us about the SUPPORTIVE REPORTING option

Victims of Crime Week is coming in May – stay tuned for more details on our virtual event May 18.

 

Education – Prevention and Awareness

education@casasc.ca

It’s not too late. Our education team has openings for school and community presentations, in-person and/or virtual delivery of any education programs. Get us in before the end of the school year.

Visit https://casasc.ca/education/ for program details. Choose an already developed presentation or let us know a topic of particular interest as we can build a program around your needs.

*Teacher and parent in-services available, prior to student presentations or as an added PD opportunity.

 

Let’s connect

Follow us on our social pages to stay updated with what we are up to

  • Twitter @CASASC2
  • Facebook @CASASCRD
  • Instagram @CASASC3

 

Did You Know?

  • The Police, Community + Court Support program offers a Supportive Reporting option to all community members who’ve experienced sexual violence. Supportive Reporting provides options on meeting victims of sexual violence at a place and time where they feel most comfortable to report what happened to them. This is a collaborative program with Red Deer RCMP and CASASC.
  • Sexual violence remains a problem in Canada. Forty-five per cent of adult Albertans have experienced some type of sexual abuse in their lifetime. That is almost one in every two Albertans.
  • In Alberta, two in three women and one in three men have experienced sexual abuse in their lifetime. In a 2019 study, 67% of Albertans indicated knowing a survivor of sexual abuse, with 53% having personally supported a survivor.
  • We have a selection of support documents including tip sheets, movies and storybooks that can be used to facilitate conversations with children and youth. Connect with us to get these helpful resources.

 

Ask an Expert – Parenting + Sexualized Behaviour Conversations with our clinical expert

Join us for an informal session with our Child Therapist to learn information related to parenting and supporting children and youth who display concerning sexualized behaviours.

OR join us to discuss a situation or behaviour your child/youth is engaging in, get some advice on what is developmentally appropriate, how to support and respond.

Find more info here

 

Youth Opportunity – Seeking Poster Ideas

Have you seen our Only Yes Means Yes (OYMY) posters around your community? What would you like to see on a consent-related OYMY poster?

We are looking to expand the campaign with new poster variations, and we’d love to hear your ideas. Let us know what you would like to see on a consent poster, your ideas, specific wording or your thoughts on a different target audience.  Or try your hand at designing a new look for our posters.

Poster ideas, designs and messages should focus on what consent can sound & look like? Remember, consent is not just for sexual activity.

Email your ideas and designs to education@casasc.ca