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Monthly update – CASASC Connections – January 2023

 

Welcome back and to a new year for CASASC Connections. This is a space where we provide updates on our services, programs and all things CASASC for the month of January 2023.

 

Need for online + virtual volunteers – email ewillmer@casasc.ca

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

1-866-956-1099

www.casasc.ca

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.

 

A Season of Giving Success

Thank you Central Alberta for making our first ever A Season of Giving holiday donation campaign a success. With your support we received $3,200 in donations that have gone directly back into our work with sexual violence prevention, awareness and healing counselling.

It is with your generosity and kind spirits that we can continue to work for those impacted by sexual violence and work towards creating safer environments free from violence.

 

Virtual Learning Series

*NEW* Foundations of Consent and Healthy Relationships (45min)

Jan 30, 9:00 – 9:45am + 1:30-2:15 pm MST

Join us for a 45min workshop – participant conversations and interactions are encouraged – as we explore the foundation of consent for sexual activity through discussions on healthy relationships. A basic overview helping participants connect the dots between how we act in healthy friendships and how we use day-to-day permission to healthy intimate partner relationships and consent for sexual activity.

Consent laws and ages of consent as they apply to Alberta, Canada will be discussed.

FREE, Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/foundations-of-consent-and-healthy-relationships-tickets-502701081467

 

What happens on a 24/7 Sexual Violence Helpline (45min)

Jan 17@ 6 – 6:45 pm MST

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/what-happens-on-a-247-sexual-violence-help-line-tickets-390733202527

 

Services & Programs at CASASC (30 min)

Jan 10, 10 – 10:30 pm MST

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

 

Introduction to Sexual Violence (60 min)

Jan 16, 11am – 12pm MST

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

 

Supporting Disclosures (45 min)

Jan 27, 11 – 11:45 am MST

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

 

Coming up in February

Feb 22 – Pink Shirt Day

Wednesday, February 22 is Pink Shirt Day. This is a day to celebrate the bullying prevention initiatives schools, communities and students do all year.

CASASC will be launching a resource package and colouring pages to support your Pink Shirt Day planning and activities. We’ll be sharing how you can access your copy of the resource at no cost in the coming weeks.

Feb 24 – Rebels Community Booth

Join us on Friday, February 24 as we celebrate Pink Shirt Day and bullying prevention at the Red Deer Rebels home game. Stop by our booth in the Community Corner to get your tickets for some great items.

Wear pink for a free sticker and one free entry into the kids prize draw.

 

Registration Now Open – Engagement Strategies Towards Ending Workplace Sexual Harassment 3-hr Workshop

February 23, 9am-12pm

Cost = $75/person or $50/person for #momentsmatter campaign partners

Registration access by emailing education@casasc.ca

This three-hour, interactive, online learning opportunity is not your average workplace sexual harassment training. Facilitated by the education team at the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre.

Research informed and using best practices for adult online learning, this workshop will explore what sexual harassment is (and isn’t), what it costs us, interpersonally and collectively, and, how to help stop sexual harassment as someone who:

  • Witnesses someone sexually harassing others,
  • Is told about someone else’s sexual harassment,
  • Is told they have done something that might amount to sexual harassment
  • Is in a position of leadership and responsible for a safe and healthy workplace

 

#MomentsMatter Campaign

Has your workplace shown their commitment and support towards preventing Sexual Harassment and creating positive workplace environments?

Have you joined the #MomentsMatter movement? Join today to receive the reduced cost of $50/person to the Engagement Strategies Towards Ending Workplace Sexual Harassment virtual 3-hr workshop.

Research shows that a caring & inclusive workplace culture is an important defense against sexual harassment.

Find out More about Moments Matter here

 

Save the date – Ride for Respect July 29, 2023

Mark your calendar. The date for Ride for Respect 2023 has been set. Join us on Saturday, July 29th. More details to come.

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 ewillmer@casasc.ca

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

1-866-956-1099

www.casasc.ca

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.

 

Thank You

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 education@casasc.ca

 

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

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305069279427

 

Introduction to Sexual Violence (60 min)

Tues, Dec 6, 9-10 am MST

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305057193277

 

Supporting Disclosures (45 min)

Mon, Dec 12, 12-12:45 pm MST

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305060773987

 

Consent 101 (60 min)

Tues, Dec 20, 9:00-10:00 am MST

Tues, Dec 20, 11:00am-12:00pm MST

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305082248217

 

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

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/central-alberta-sexual-assault-centre/campaign/a-season-of-giving/

 

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 education@casasc.ca for more details.

 

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

January 24 and 25, 2023

9:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Calgary, Alberta

Join us for FRT training – Facilitated by a member of our CASASC team.

Early bird cost available to those who register by November 15.

Registration Required

$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.

Monthly update – CASASC Connections – November

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 November.

 

Need for online + virtual volunteers – email ewillmer@casasc.ca

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 minimum of five 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.

 

Community Connections

If you are aware of any community events or booths (across Central Alberta) that we could attend throughout the year, please share with us at education@casasc.ca

Our presence at events is informative and awareness-based, educational, interactive and applicable for all audiences and ages. We do not talk about sexual health or sex education and can adapt our messaging to need topics or programs and services.

 

November is Family Violence Prevention Month

In Alberta, November is Family Violence Prevention Month (FVPM). The goal of FVPM is to raise public awareness around family violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Use the colour purple to show your support all month long.

Visit our webpage to stay updated on all we have going on all month

Shine Bright – Purple is the colour of choice for Family Violence Prevention Month. Show your support by sporting purple lights and decorations throughout the month. Turn on those purple Christmas lights early, buy a purple light bulb for your porch light or get your workplace to shine purple.

November 25  – Purple Day of Action

Mark your calendar for November 25 and plan to wear purple. Join us as we wear purple and celebrate a Family Violence Prevention Day of Action with our communities.

Re-share Awareness

One of the most impactful and effective ways to show your support this November is to re-share and like messages on social media. Help organizations like CASASC to spread awareness far and wide about preventing family violence.

Start a conversation

There are so many ways to get involved:

-Start conversations with family and friends, let them know you are there to support them, show them you care

-Dispel myths about family violence

-Donate to a family violence prevention organization

Join in the action

Participate in one or more of our suggested social action activities. Complete them on or by November 25 and celebrate your successes with us.

-Kids/Teens – Make a card with a kind message for someone who you are grateful for (bus driver, librarian, teacher, counsellor, family member). Tell them how much you care about them or thank them for something nice they have done.

-Kids/Teens – Do something nice for a family member, sibling, cousin etc.

-Family – Do an activity together, something you’ve never done before or a game you all enjoy

-Family – Do an activity for each letter of the word P-U-R-P-L-E (ex. For the first P – go to the Play ground, U …, R – eat some red candy etc.)

-Adult – Do something fun/spontaneous with a friend – go for coffee, show them you care and are there to support them. Reach out to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while.

-Create a safety plan, just like how we should have a safety plan in place for a natural disaster (even though we may never need it), we should have a safety plan in place for if we ever are in a place of harm/discomfort.

 

November editions of our online learning series

What happens on a 24/7 Sexual Violence Helpline (45 min)

Monday, Nov 28 @ 6-6:45 pm MST

Visit the link for session dates and times and to register:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/390733202527

 

Ask the Expert – Parenting and Sexualized Behaviour Support

Wed, Nov 30 @ 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)

Thurs, Nov 10, 9:30-10:00 am MST

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305069279427

 

Introduction to Sexual Violence (60 min)

Tues, Nov 8, 10-11 am MST

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305057193277

 

Supporting Disclosures (45 min)

Mon, Nov 21, 11-11:45 am MST

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305060773987

 

Consent 101 (60 min)

Fri, Nov 18, 3-4 pm MST

Tues, Nov 29, 9-10 am MST

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305082248217

 

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

January 24 and 25, 2023

9:00 am – 5:00 pm MT

Calgary, Alberta

Join us for FRT training – Facilitated by a member of our CASASC team.

Early bird cost available to those who register by November 15.

Registration Required

$250 before Nov 15, 2022

$299 after Nov 15, 2022

Register here

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.

 

Celebrating one year of the Only Yes Mean Yes Consent Campaign

November 4 marks one year of Only Yes Means Yes consent campaign out in the community.

Need a poster refresh or would you like some business card sized information for public? Let us know and we’re happy to share with you.

OYMY changes how we look at and understand consent. It focuses on positive consent in which only affirmative consent matters.

Read more about the poster campaign and how to get involved here

 

 

Monthly update – CASASC Connections – October

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 October.

 

Need for online + virtual volunteers – email ewillmer@casasc.ca

We are in need of volunteers to join our 24/7 help line, with shifts on phone call and text/web chat.

We are looking for minimum of five 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.

 

Community Connections

October 20, Consent Booth @ RD Polytech

If you are aware of any community events or booths (across Central Alberta) that we could attend throughout the year please share with us at education@casasc.ca

Our booths and presence at events is informative and awareness based, educational, interactive and applicable for all audiences and ages. We do not talk about sexual health or sex education and can adapt our messaging to need topics or programs and services.

 

November is Family Violence Prevention Month

In Alberta, November is Family Violence Prevention Month (FVPM). The goal of FVPM is to raise public awareness around family violence and to educate communities on how to prevent it. Use the colour purple to show your support all month long.

Stay tuned as CASASC and many of our partner and like-minded service organizations will be sharing and inviting you to take part in events, campaigns and initiatives throughout the month.

Day of Action – Purple Shirt Day – Mark your calendars for NOVEMBER 25 – as we wear purple and celebrate a Family Violence Prevention Day of Action with our community.

 

Online Learning Series

Is there a topic you’re interested in learning more about that we don’t currently have available? Let us know what interests you.

 

What happens on a 24/7 Sexual Violence Helpline (45 min)

Tue, Oct 25 @ 6-6:45 p.m. MST

Visit the link for session dates and times and to register:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/390733202527

 

Ask the Expert – Parenting and Sexualized Behaviour Support Virtual Session (September 26)

Friday, October 28 @ 4 – 5 p.m. MST

Visit the link for session dates and times and to register:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/306744500057

 

Services + Programs at CASASC (30 min)

Wednesday, October 19 @ 9 a.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305069279427

 

Introduction to Sexual Violence (60 min)

Friday, October 14 @ 1p.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305057193277

 

Supporting Disclosures (45 min)

Wednesday, October 26 @ 2 p.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305060773987

 

Consent 101 (60 min)

Wednesday, October 12 @ 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305082248217

 

Let’s connect

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

  • TikTok @CASASC5
  • Twitter @CASASC2
  • Facebook @CASASCRD
  • Instagram @CASASC3

 

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

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. Delivered online or in-person.

For more information and current training dates visit here

*Community training opportunities available with local facilitators. Can’t make the pre-scheduled training dates, reach out and book a special training for your organization and/or community.

 

Only Yes Mean Yes Consent Campaign

OYMY changes how we look at and understand consent. It focuses on positive consent in which only affirmative consent matters.

Read more about the poster campaign and how to get involved here

 

#MomentsMatterAB

Research shows that a caring + inclusive workplace culture is an important defense against sexual harassment.

That’s why we’ve partnered with the #momentsmatterab campaign. Learn more here

 

Programs + 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.

 

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
  • One-on-one and group counselling
  • Sexualized Behaviour Support counselling

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)

bdunlop@casasc.ca

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.

KIP information and community connection sessions are available by request. Email us to learn more.

 

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 counselling 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

Email education@casasc.ca to inquire or for booking details. Now booking in schools and community groups across Central Alberta.

No Secrets (K-4): Two 35 min sessions. Topics on public vs private, personal body safety, what is safe vs unsafe, and how to ask for help from a student’s personal safety network.

iRespect MYSELF (Recommended Grades 5/6 and deliverable to Grades 4 and 7 upon further discussion): One 60 min session. Topics on personal safety rules, boundaries, self-esteem, communication, permission, labels and stereotypes, and diversity.

iRespect US 1 (Recommended Grades 5-7 and deliverable to Grade 8 upon further discussion): One 60 min session. Topics on communication, healthy peer relationships, healthy schools, conflict resolution, and personal power.

iRespect US 2 (Recommended Grades 5-7 and deliverable to Grade 8 upon further discussion): One 60 min session. Topics on personal power, bullying behaviors, cyberbullying, teasing, empathy, and the impacts of bullying behavior in schools.

Healthy Dating Relationships 101 (Recommended Grades 8-12 and deliverable to Grade 7 upon further discussion): One 60-90 min presentation educates students on healthy relationships, communication, conflict resolution, consent, consent laws, dating violence (physical, emotional, sexual), sexting, and sexting laws.

Monthly update – CASASC Connections – September

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 September.

 

Community Booths

Come visit us at community booths and events.

September 9 @ Golden Circle (Red Deer)

September 15 @ Bowden Community Registration Night (Bowden)

September 29 @ Seniors Information Fair (Collicutt Centre, RD)

October 5 @ Mental Illness Awareness Week (RD Polytech)

October 20, Consent Booth @ RD Polytech

 

Ride for Respect – Thank you

The first annual CASASC Ride for Respect was held on Saturday, August 27 at Bower Ponds in Red Deer. The day was filled with live music, family activities, vendors, a barbeque and the motorcycle poker rally of course. Close to a hundred volunteers joined us for the day, making it possible to bring awareness to our cause.

A big thanks to volunteers, sponsors and attendees for making the Ride for Respect possible.

Thank you!

 

Virtual 50/50

Live, virtual 50/50 fundraiser. Get your tickets today for a chance to win up to $10,000.

Tickets available until September 30. Purchase them here

 

Virtual Silent Auction

Check out our virtual silent auction. Over 70 items available to bid on, guaranteed to have something for everyone in the family.

Bidding open until September 14. Check out the silent auction here

 

Online Learning Series

Our virtual learning series will be continuing all year long. Please join us for each month as we hosting various free and virtual education lessons for the community.

 

What happens on a 24/7 Sexual Violence Helpline (60min)

Join us for an informal session about operating and volunteering on a 24/7 Sexual Violence Helpline. Use this opportunity to learn about the helpline and how you can utilize it in your community/workplace. Hear what it takes to volunteer on a help line. Help us share this free resource out to our Alberta community.

Tue, Sept 13 @ 5-6pm MST

Tue, Oct 18 @ 6-7pm MST

Visit the link for session dates and times and to register:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/390733202527

 

Ask the Expert – Parenting and Sexualized Behaviour Support Virtual Session (September 26)

Monday, September 26 @ 4 – 5 p.m. MST

Visit the link for session dates and times and to register:

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/306744500057

 

Services + Programs at CASASC (30 min)

Friday, September 16 @ 9 a.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305069279427

 

Introduction to Sexual Violence (60 min)

Wednesday, September 7 @ 11 a.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305057193277

 

Supporting Disclosures (45 min)

Thursday, September 8 @ 11 a.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305060773987

 

Consent 101 (60 min)

Wednesday, September 21 @ 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305082248217

 

Programs + Services

 

Education – Prevention and Awareness

education@casasc.ca

The new school year is here! Connect today to help bring out programs into your schools.

We provide free, prevention education programs for Grades K-12 across Centra Alberta. These programs are respect and relationship focused and are NOT sexual health or sex ed.

Delivered by our award-winning Education team (recipients of the 2022 Inspiration Award for Sexual Violence Prevention).

Helping to support the current CALM outcomes and new AB Education K-6 curriculum, our education programs are prevention focused and help to build personal safety and healthy relationship skills for all students.

 

Elementary and middle school:

No Secrets (K-4): Two 35 min sessions. Topics on public vs private, personal body safety, what is safe vs unsafe, and how to ask for help from a student’s personal safety network.

iRespect MYSELF (Recommended Grades 5/6 and deliverable to Grades 4 and 7 upon further discussion): One 60 min session. Topics on personal safety rules, boundaries, self-esteem, communication, permission, labels and stereotypes, and diversity.

iRespect US 1 (Recommended Grades 5-7 and deliverable to Grade 8 upon further discussion): One 60 min session. Topics on communication, healthy peer relationships, healthy schools, conflict resolution, and personal power.

iRespect US 2 (Recommended Grades 5-7 and deliverable to Grade 8 upon further discussion): One 60 min session. Topics on personal power, bullying behaviors, cyberbullying, teasing, empathy, and the impacts of bullying behavior in schools.

 

High School range:

Healthy Dating Relationships 101 (Recommended Grades 8-12 and deliverable to Grade 7 upon further discussion): One 60-90 min presentation educates students on healthy relationships, communication, conflict resolution, consent, consent laws, dating violence (physical, emotional, sexual), sexting, and sexting laws.

 

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.

Need for online + virtual volunteers – email ewillmer@casasc.ca

We are in need of volunteers to join our 24/7 help line, with shifts on phone call and text/web chat.

We are looking for minimum of five 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.

 

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
  • One-on-one and group counselling
  • Sexualized Behaviour Support counselling

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)

bdunlop@casasc.ca

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.

KIP information and community connection sessions are available by request. Email us to learn more.

 

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 counselling 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

 

Let’s connect

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

  • TikTok @CASASC5
  • Twitter @CASASC2
  • Facebook @CASASCRD
  • Instagram @CASASC3

Connecting with community prevents violence

By Kailee Mears

The central Alberta region has many amenities and attractions that draw people to settle in our communities. People from all walks of life choose to settle in our unique towns and neighbourhoods which offer a wide range of services, work, play and opportunities to connect.

Connecting with other people has benefits for our sense of belonging, self esteem, physical and mental health and even violence prevention.

When we feel we know our neighbours, we develop a sense of trust and friendship with them that allows us to better look after each other and our neighbourhoods.

When we connect with our close friends and family, we can better sense their appreciation and companionship, which increases our self-esteem and makes us feel better overall.

When we connect with others through sports, book clubs, walking groups, or working together to complete a neighbourhood task, we can make strides towards improving and maintaining our physical and mental health.

All these parts can contribute to a healthier sense of self and community. An additional bonus is that it can create safer communities that protect against various forms of violence and abuse.

When we are aware of our neighbours, friends and loved ones, we may be better able to spot situations or behaviours that seem “off” or unsafe.

Someone could be using their words or actions to put another person down or make that person feel afraid or controlled. Verbal put downs or social exclusion can make both adults and children feel small and isolated. Physical actions like pushing, slapping or harsh force can be used to punish a person or gain control over them.

Unwanted touching and not respecting a person’s “no” can break their consent and make people feel uncomfortable and unsafe in their relationships or friendships with others.

These behaviours can harm people and make them feel isolated from sources of support like family, neighbours and organizations. These behaviours can lead to bullying, dating violence or family abuse which have no place in our communities.

Connecting with others can create a stronger community that can lean on and look out for each other. We may be better able to recognize behaviours that lead to unsafe relationships.

We can offer our support to those who are impacted by these behaviours with a listening ear, affirming that we believe them and referring to professional support as needed. Saying “hi” to our neighbours, inviting them over for a barbeque, or spending time with those who mean the most to us can go a long way.

Together, we can create a culture free of violence, stronger neighbourhoods and enjoy a fun and safe summer.

CASASC offers a 24 hour help line for those dealing with sexual violence impacts in our community. Call or text 1-866-956-1099, or webchat at www.casasc.ca for confidential support, information and referrals.

Kailee Mears is a prevention educator at the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre.

Article as published in the Red Deer Advocate.

Monthly update – CASASC Connections – August

 

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 August.

 

Community Reach Questionnaire

We have put together a quick 2 min questionnaire and are asking for your support in filling it out.

We are looking to gather an understanding of Sexual Violence service knowledge from frontline staff who are often in positions of support with clients and community members. Please share with all staff and volunteers at your organization, as we seek to gather the scope of our services across all central Albertan communities.

No personal information is collected, we appreciate all who can find a few minutes to provide their input.

Participate here

 

Community Booths

Come visit us around Central Alberta this summer. Our Education and Awareness team will be at a variety of open-to-public events.

August 11 @ Lacombe Farmers Market

August 17 @ Red Deer Downtown Market

August 23 @ Town of Penhold Discovery Night

August 27 @ CASASC Poker Rally Fundraiser (Bower Ponds, RD)

September 29 @ Seniors Information Fair (Collicutt Centre, RD)

October 5 @ Mental Illness Awareness Week (RD Polytech)

October 20, Consent Booth @ RD Polytech

 

RIDE FOR RESPECT – AUGUST 27

August 27, 2022 @ Bower Ponds, Red Deer

Motorcycle Poker Rally Roll Out @ 11 am

Live Events from 11am – 4 p.m.

We are just under a month away from our first ever motorcycle poker rally fundraiser. Have you blocked the day off in your calendar yet?

Visit the Ride for Respect page for more information on the event and to get involved.

–           Register your motorcycle to participate in the poker run across Central Alberta.

–           Seeking individuals for vendors, sponsorship and volunteer opportunities

–           Purchase 50/50 tickets

Don’t have a motorcycle to join in the poker rally? No worries, a full day of events at Bower Ponds has been planned – BBQ, live bands, beer gardens, vendor street, silent auction and child friendly activities.

 

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED – Ride for Respect

We are looking for volunteers for many of the day’s events like 50/50 sales, floaters, set-up, kids zone, and beer gardens. We are especially looking for volunteers to be at the three poker rally stops in Eckville, Sylvan Lake and Spruce View.

Consider signing up with a friend or a group, if you are able to support this great event in a volunteer capacity. You won’t be disappointed. The day is guaranteed to be full of fun, music, laughter and of course motorcycles. Visit the volunteer page for more volunteer information.

 

VENDORS WELCOME – Vendors Street

We are looking for vendors who would love to have a table/booth at our Ride for Respect fundraiser event.

Vendor spots are still available. If you or someone you know has a small business/retail items for sale and is looking to support a great cause and promote their business, please reach out to Tammy at tbarbour@casasc.ca or visit the Vendor Street Registration page.

Vendors Street spots are available with a $100 vendor fee and for retail only. No food or produce sales are permitted.

If the vendor fee is a challenge, a donation of an equivalently priced item for our silent auction may also be accepted.

 

SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITY – Ride for Respect

Join our first ever Ride for Respect Fundraiser by becoming a sponsor. Sponsorship opportunities are available at different tiers of financial support, through gift-in-kind donations to our silent auction, or by volunteering at the event.

We’d love to have you and your business be a part of our team with this one-of-a-kind opportunity to support the well-being and care of Central Albertans.

Visit our Sponsorship Opportunities page or the Volunteer Page for details.

 

LIVE VIRTUAL 50/50

We have launched our live, virtual 50/50 fundraiser! Get your tickets toady for a chance to win up to $10,000.

Tickets available until August 31. Snag one here

 

Virtual Learning Series

Our virtual learning series will be continuing all year long. Please join us for each month as we hosting various free + virtual education lessons for the community.

 

What happens on a 24/7 Sexual Violence Helpline (60min)

Join us for an informal session about operating and volunteering on a 24/7 Sexual Violence Helpline. Use this opportunity to learn about the helpline and how you can utilize it in your community/workplace. Hear what it takes to volunteer on a help line. Help us share this free resource out to our Alberta community.

Tue, Sept 13 @ 5-6pm MST

Tue, Oct 18 @ 6-7pm MST

Visit the link for session dates and times and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/390733202527 

 

Ask the Expert – Parenting and Sexualized Behaviour Support Virtual Session (August 24)

Wed, Aug 24 @ 4 – 5 p.m. MST

Visit the link for session dates and times and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/306744500057

 

Services + Programs at CASASC (30 min)

Aug 25, 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305069279427

 

Introduction to Sexual Violence (60 min)

Aug 11, 10 a.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305057193277

 

Supporting Disclosures (45 min)

Aug 16, 9:30 a.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305060773987

 

Consent 101 (60 min)

Aug 9, 11:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/305082248217

 

iRespect Music Playlists

Need something fun and easy to listen to this summer, try our iRespect Music Playlists!

iRespect Playlist vol 1.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4thA0v1Nofj1ElJRYGpqnI?si=6bf368030a524676

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiQcKuitYvrVI2ootFe7TVfN7IefH9g-_

iRespect Playlist vol 2.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6IDD4SlFgdCAFRcEtvKSCO?si=86c880b009b04579

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiQcKuitYvrWbFQNvzYSf4DY-Txc4iIQW

 

Reminder

A friendly reminder to be respectful of your relationships and interactions, that consent is even more important as we increase our socialization with others and place ourselves back into public settings, where opportunities that challenge our consent knowledge will become more frequent.

Consider refreshing your consent knowledge and skills, having a conversation with your partner and friends about your boundaries, and keeping consent front of mind. Be a good friend and keep your eyes open, don’t let your friends make harmful choices and disregard someone else’s consent.

Have a safe summer!

 

 

Programs + 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.

*URGENT need for online + virtual volunteers – email ewillmer@casasc.ca

We are in immediate need of volunteers to join our 24/7 help line, with shifts on phone call and text/web chat.

Looking for minimum of five 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.

 

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
  • One-on-one and group counselling
  • Sexualized Behaviour Support counselling

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)

bdunlop@casasc.ca

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.

KIP information and community connection sessions are available by request. Email us to learn more.

 

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 counselling 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

The new school year is just around the corner. Connect today to bring our prevention education programs to our schools.

Delivered by our award-winning Education team (recipients of the 2022 Inspiration Award for Sexual Violence Prevention) and with a full contingent of six school programs for grades Kindergarten to 12.

Helping to support the current CALM outcomes and new AB Education K-6 curriculum, our education programs are prevention focused and help to build personal safety and healthy relationship skills for all students.

Our presentations our available at no cost to schools and communities across Central Alberta and can be delivered in-person and virtually.

 

Let’s connect

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

  • TikTok @CASASC5
  • Twitter @CASASC2
  • Facebook @CASASCRD
  • Instagram @CASASC3

 

Monthly update – CASASC Connections – July

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 June.

 

Community Reach Questionnaire

We have put together a quick 2min questionnaire and are asking for your support in filling it out.

We are looking to gather an understanding of Sexual Violence service knowledge from frontline staff who are often in positions of support with clients and community members. Please share with all staff and volunteers at your organization, as we seek to gather the scope of our services across all central Albertan communities.

No personal information is collected, we appreciate all who can find a few minutes to provide their input.

Participate here

 

Community Booths

Come visit us around Central Alberta this summer. Our education and awareness team will be at a variety of open-to-public events.

July 8 @ Sylvan Lake Farmer’s Market

August 11 @ Lacombe Farmers Market

August 17 @ Red Deer Downtown Market

August 23 @ Town of Penhold Discovery Night

 

Ask the Expert – Parenting and Sexualized Behaviour Support Virtual Session (July 26)

A free, virtual session with our sexualized behaviour and child therapy counsellor. Open to the public, parents and those who work with children and youth, this session will give you helpful tools and the space to have discussions with our counsellor about any issues or concerns around sexualized behaviour. You are not alone. We are here to support.

Tuesday, July 26 @ 4-5pm

Visit the link here session dates and times and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/306744500057

 

Virtual Learning Series

For the months of July + August we will be hosting various free + virtual education lessons for the community. Consider signing up for a presentation this summer.

Services + Programs at CASASC (30 min)

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

Introduction to Sexual Violence (60 min)

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

Supporting Disclosures (45 min)

https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/supporting-disclosures-of-sexual-violence-tickets-305060773987Consent 101 (60 min)

Consent 101 (60 min)

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

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

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

 

Community Justice Award

Congratulations to the Alberta Specialized Police and Court Support Network of the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services, recipients of the 2022 Community Justice Award for Service Enhancement. Our very own Police, Community + Court Support team is proud to share in the recognition of the important work done by all in this field.

Congratulations. We are so pleased to be a part of this network and couldn’t be happier for our team members.

Curious as to how our PCCS team provides services and supports? Check out our website here or email courtsupport@casasc.ca

 

We are on TikTok

We’ve done it! We’ve joined the TikTok movement. You can find all our shenanigans and follow us on TikTok @CASASC5

Hope to see you there!

 

Ride for Respect – August 27

@ Bower Ponds, Red Deer

Motorcycle Poker Rally, kickstands up @ 11 am

Live Events from 11am-4pm

We are happy to share that we are hosting, along with UBAKA (Urban Bulldogs Against Kid Abuse), a family friendly + interactive motorcycle poker rally through Central Alberta with poker rally stops at Bower Ponds, Eckville, Sylvan Lake and Penhold.

Stay tuned for more details on how to register your motorcycle, join the poker rally, and live events!

Don’t have a motorcycle to join in the poker rally? No worries, a full day of events at Bower Ponds has been planned – BBQ, live bands, beer gardens, vendor street, silent auction, and child friendly activities.

We hope you will join us for this full day.

We are looking for volunteers– volunteers needed for the poker rally stops in Eckville, Sylvan Lake + Penhold, as well as at Bower Ponds. Email casasc@casasc.ca for more details on volunteering.

 

iRespect Music Playlists

Need something fun and easy to listen to this summer, try our iRespect Music Playlists!

iRespect Playlist Vol 1

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4thA0v1Nofj1ElJRYGpqnI?si=6bf368030a524676

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiQcKuitYvrVI2ootFe7TVfN7IefH9g-_

iRespect Playlist Vol 2

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/6IDD4SlFgdCAFRcEtvKSCO?si=86c880b009b04579

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLiQcKuitYvrWbFQNvzYSf4DY-Txc4iIQW

 

A Reminder

A friendly reminder to be respectful of your relationships and interactions, that consent is even more important as we increase our socialization with others and place ourselves back into public settings.

With communities opening up to visitors, and locals are able to get outdoors and spend time socializing with friends’ opportunities that challenge our consent knowledge will become more frequent.

Consider refreshing your consent knowledge and skills, having a conversation with your partner and friends about your boundaries, and keeping consent front of mind. Be a good friend and keep your eyes open, don’t let your friends make harmful choices and disregard someone else’s consent.

Have a safe summer!

 

Programs + 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 June the help line received 145 contacts. Our in-hospital response team (SART) responded to three calls.

*URGENT need for online + virtual volunteers – email ewillmer@casasc.ca

We are in immediate need of volunteers to join our 24/7 help line, with shifts on phone call and text/web chat.

Looking for minimum of five 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.

 

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)

bdunlop@casasc.ca

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.

 

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

  • TikTok @CASASC5
  • Twitter @CASASC2
  • Facebook @CASASCRD
  • Instagram @CASASC3

 

 

Monthly update – CASASC Connections – June

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 June.

 

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 May the help line received 118 contacts. The SART team responded to 4 calls.

We anticipate that our Help Line and SART programs will be busier over the summer months. With communities opening up to visitors and locals, being able to get outdoors and spend time socializing with friends, opportunities that challenge our consent knowledge will become more frequent.

A friendly reminder to be respectful of your relationships and interactions. Consent is even more important as we increase our socialization with others and place ourselves back into public settings.

Consider refreshing your consent knowledge and skills. Have a conversation with your partner and friends about your boundaries, and keeping consent front of mind. Be a good friend and keep your eyes open. Don’t let your friends make harmful choices and disregard someone else’s consent.

*URGENT need for Volunteers

email ewillmer@casasc.ca

We are in immediate need of volunteers to join our 24/7 help line, with shifts on phone call and text/web chat. Our volunteer pool has decreased over the last few months and with an expected increased in public accessing this support line over the summer months our ability to support the influx of calls is in jeopardy.

Using a shift-based schedule the 24/7 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 is not needed. Seeking respectful, caring and supportive individuals.

 

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.

 

Community Booths
Come visit us around Central Alberta this June. Our education and awareness team will be at a variety of open-to-public events.

June 16, 11:00am @ Innisfail FCSS Info Fair
June 23 @ Lacombe Farmers Market
June 30 @ Innisfail Indoor Farmers Market

 

Virtual Learning Series

The CASASC Spring/Summer e-learning series is back. For the months of June 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 June – 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 June – 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 June – 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 June – 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 June – August dates and to register visit:

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

 

Ask the Expert – Parenting and Sexualized Behaviour Support Virtual Session (June 29)

From June to August CASASC will be offering a free, virtual session with our sexualized behaviour and child therapy counsellor. Open to the public, parents and those who work with children and youth, this session will give you helpful tools and the space to have discussions with our counsellor about any issues or concerns. You are not alone, we are here to support.

June 29 @ 4-5 p.m.
Visit the link here session dates and times and to register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/306744500057

 

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.

 

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

 

Only Yes Means Yes consent campaign

Have you seen our “Only Yes Means Yes” posters around your community?

YES!  – consider taking a picture and sharing it with us so we can show are appreciation and support!

NO! – If you know a great place for the posters lets us know and we’ll make a connection and start the conversation.

When it comes to consent, Only Yes Means Yes!

Read more about the poster campaign here: https://casasc.ca/only-yes-means-yes-when-it-comes-to-consent/

 

Let’s connect

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

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

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