Monthly update – CASASC Connections – December
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 December.
Need for online + virtual volunteers – email email@example.com
We are in need of volunteers to join the 24/7 help line, with shifts available through the phone and text/webchat.
We are looking for volunteers who can take one or two shifts a month with our helpline. Evening and weekend support is a bonus.
Using an eight-hour shift-based schedule the help line volunteers provide a listening ear, supportive conversation and resource referrals to children, youth and adults who are in need of support. Previous education and training are not needed. Seeking respectful, caring and supportive individuals.
24/7 Sexual Violence Help Line
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.
Holiday Office Hours
Our office will be closed from Friday, December 23 to Sunday, January 1. We will re-open in the New Year on Monday, January 2nd.
November was Family Violence Prevention Month (FVPM) and we’d like to thank everyone who participated in some way throughout the month. If you shone purple lights, shared a message of support, wore purple on November 25 – thank you.
A big thanks also to our community partners who shared their support on our collaborative DRVIC (Domestic Relationship Violence Initiative Committee) promotion poster – Soroptimist, Purple Light Nights, The City of Red Deer, IMPACT Central Alberta Regional Vision for Non-Violence, Outreach Centre, Red Deer City Victim Services Unit.
Out in the Community
November 25 – December 10: 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence
December 6: National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women
On this day we remember the 14 women murdered at Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal in 1989 and all victims of gender-based violence.
December 10: International Human Rights Day
- Join CARE for Newcomers for their Human Library from 2-4pm at the Blackfalds Library as the hold interactive conversations with local Newcomers. They will share their culture and immigration experiences to help community connect with them and their journeys.
CASASC in the Media
Segment on CASASC Help Line on CTV Edmonton (Aired Nov. 11) https://edmonton.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=2561684
“Calls to Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre help line surges” Red Deer Advocate (Nov. 8) https://www.reddeeradvocate.com/news/calls-to-central-alberta-sexual-assault-support-centre-help-line-surges/
“Record number of calls to help line run by Sexual Assault Support Centre” rdnewsNow (Nov. 8) https://rdnewsnow.com/2022/11/08/record-number-of-calls-to-help-line-run-by-sexual-assault-support-centre/
Virtual Learning Series
Our monthly learning series continues in December in its current format. Stay tuned for 2023 dates and changes.
If you would like to see a learning series program added to our list, or have some topics of interest please let us know as we look to bring the most up-to-date and relevant programming to our communities email firstname.lastname@example.org
What happens on a 24/7 Sexual Violence Helpline (45min)
CANCELLED – Tue, Dec 13 @ 6-6:45 pm MST
Ask the Expert – Parenting and Sexualized Behaviour Support (60 min)
Wed, Dec 21@ 4-5 pm MST
Visit the link for session dates and times and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/306744500057
Services + Programs at CASASC (30 min)
Mon, Dec 5, 12:00-12:30 pm MST
Introduction to Sexual Violence (60 min)
Tues, Dec 6, 9-10 am MST
Supporting Disclosures (45 min)
Mon, Dec 12, 12-12:45 pm MST
Consent 101 (60 min)
Tues, Dec 20, 9:00-10:00 am MST
Tues, Dec 20, 11:00am-12:00pm MST
A Season of Giving
We’ve launched our first holiday gift giving campaign.
We know that during this holiday time of year community members often reach out and support causes close to their heart.
Sexual violence impacts a large portion of our population. As individuals who have been targeted by the violence or as individuals who know of and support others who have been impacted.
Help give Central Albertans affected by sexual violence a voice and a choice on their healing journey.
Donate to our Season of renewal, empowerment, healing, giving through scanning the QR code or clicking the link
Engagement Strategies Toward Ending Workplace Sexual Harassment workshop
Starting in the new year, CASASC will be offering (by request) an innovative 3-hour online workshop, proven to build the skills that help people understand, respond to, and prevent workplace sexual harassment.
Available for business, workplaces, and organizations.
All staff our encouraged to attend and require their own computer/technology device.
This program is by request only and will open up booking in the new year.
$75 per person or $50 per person if your organization has signed on to the #momentsmatter campaign
Connect with us at email@example.com for more details.
First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training
January 24 and 25, 2023
9:00 am – 5:00 pm MT
Join us for FRT training – Facilitated by a member of our CASASC team.
Early bird cost available to those who register by November 15.
$299 after Nov 15, 2022
Register at https://www.tickettailor.com/events/associationofalbertasexualassaultservices/752612/
This comprehensive training is intended to build the capacity of professionals, paraprofessionals, and community members to respond effectively to disclosure of sexual abuse, assault, and harassment from children and adults. Training covers the full continuum of topics related to sexual violence across the lifespan.