March 20, 2017

We Believe: The art of healing

Posted in Community Events, SACE Events, We Believe, We can all do something at 4:39 pm by sacetalks

On Thursday, May 25th, SACE will be hosting its annual fundraising and awareness gala at the Shaw Conference Centre.  The evening will include musical entertainment, plated dinner, special guests, as well as silent and live auctions.  The theme of this year’s event is “The Art of Healing”.  Art therapy is one of the many therapeutic trauma modalities utilized by the 14 trauma therapists at SACE.

This year, we are proud to announce that Jillian Marino, a survivor of a horrific act of sexual violence, will be our guest speaker.  Jillian, now the Principal at JD Bracco Junior High School, has shared her story as a keynote speaker with Victim’s Services volunteers, Conferences for Crown Prosecutors, Violence against Women Events, and for the Edmonton Police Service over the years. Her very impactful end empowering presentation will be one of hope, strength, and victory in the healing journey after trauma.

As difficult as it is to understand, statistics consistently indicate that, in Canada, 1 in 3 women and at least 1 in 6 men will experience sexual violence before the age of 18. Since 1975, SACE has been providing professional, essential services and support to survivors ages 3 and up of all genders.  These services include individual and group counselling, extensive, age and audience-specific public education programs, diversity outreach and support to marginalized communities, court support, as well as a 24-Hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line.  We are the only agency in the City of Edmonton to provide this range of services to the community at no fee.  All proceeds from the We Believe Benefit will be directed towards services and support for our clients and our community.

With statistics as high as they are, and whether we realize it or not, we all know someone who has been affected by this crime.    Please help us support the many survivors in our community on their healing journey by making a contribution to our event through sponsorship, donating to our silent auction, and most importantly through your attendance!

Listen. Believe. Support.  We can all do something.  Please know that your “something” will make a difference.

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March 16, 2017

How do you Picture Love? SACE wants to know

Posted in SACE Announcements, SACE Events, Uncategorized, We can all do something tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 9:37 pm by sacetalks

Picture Love art and photography contest


How do you visualize love and healing? Is it a serene morning landscape? An abstract painting that lets the mind wander to a safe space? Or maybe an energizing spray of flowers in the colours of a sunset?


The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) believes in that vision. We believe in our community. We believe that people can heal. Most of all, we believe in a world free of sexualized violence. To celebrate this vision and our upcoming gala, We Believe: The Art of Healing, we would like to invite you to enter our Picture Love art contest. From March 20, 2017 to May 15, 2017, SACE will be accepting images of family friendly art and photography.


Winners will be picked by random draw and announced through our social media platforms. They will also have the option of having their art sold at the silent auction at the upcoming gala.


Prizes for the top three positions are as follows:

1st Place: 2 tickets to the We Believe benefit gala and a $100 gift card to an art store

2nd Place: $100 gift card to an art store

3rd Place: $50 gift card to an art store


Rules and Requirements:

  1. The Picture Love Art Contest is an all ages art and photography contest.
  2. Artists must be from Edmonton or the Greater Edmonton area.
  3. Submitted work must be family friendly and adhere to the themes of the Picture Love art contest (love, healing and community).
  4. The work must be original. You must be the creator of the artwork and the submitted image file you or your approved representative sends to our contest. SACE is not responsible for any infringement on copyrighted materials for submitted work.
  5. Artists retain all copyright to their work.
  6. By entering into this contest, you are granting SACE a non-exclusive perpetual license to reproduce images of your artwork on the SACE website, social media accounts, and in promotion of future campaigns. Work used by SACE will include credits to the artist.
  7. Entrants have until 12 a.m. on May 15, 2017 to submit their artwork.


The Entry Process

  1. Your images must be submitted as JPEG files at a minimum resolution of 300 DPI.
  2. Email your entry, along with full name and contact information to

The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton retains the right to refuse any submission that is deemed offensive, dangerous or otherwise inappropriate.




March 10, 2017

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) Response to N.S. Judge Ruling on Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault

Posted in Uncategorized at 1:16 am by sacetalks

In response to the news coming out of Nova Scotia last week, where a judge acquitted a Halifax taxi driver of sexually assaulting a woman in his cab when she was extremely intoxicated, the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) would like to emphasize our stance that the consent laws in Canada need to be well understood and applied in consistent and just ways.

It is crucial that the correct person be held accountable in instances of sexual assault. It is not the responsibility of women, or indeed anyone, to protect themselves from the violence someone chooses to inflict upon them. If someone is drinking and showing observable signs of intoxication, they are not able to give consent, and any individual pursuing sexual contact with another person has a legal responsibility to stop when that person shows signs of intoxication. Drug or alcohol facilitated sexual assault often occurs when someone chooses to engage in sexual contact with a person who is too intoxicated to consent (for example, passed out, vomiting, impaired speech).

In reading about this incident, it is clear that both the taxi driver and the judge should have been able to identify that the complainant was too intoxicated to consent. Consent should be mutual, enthusiastic, voluntary, and can be revoked at any point. Consent is not intoxicated, urine-soaked, memory impaired, or unconscious.

Additionally, taxi drivers, police officers, and judges are all in positions of power, trust, and authority. These individuals, and the positions they hold, are intended to serve a function in the community by providing safety for vulnerable people, be it law enforcement, criminal justice, or transportation. People holding these positions need to be held accountable in their role to ensure individual and public safety, and they should never be allowed to abuse their power in order to obtain consent or to force someone to engage in sexual activity.

We are deeply impacted by the story of the young woman, who has been mistreated and failed by the legal system. It takes a great amount of courage to report a sexual assault and navigate the legal system. As an agency, we advocate for the consistent and just application of the affirmative consent laws outlined in the Criminal Code of Canada. These laws provide the foundation for creating safety and honouring the experiences of people who experience sexual abuse. We respect that many people who experience sexual violence choose not to report or pursue charges. We encourage all people who have experienced sexual violence to decide for themselves if the legal process is something they wish to undergo. When someone chooses to engage with the legal system, we are grateful for the contribution that it makes to the public conversation around how we as a country respond to the crime of sexual assault. If you or someone you care about has experienced sexual assault or abuse and would like help, sexual assault services in Alberta are here for you.

For sexual assault services in Edmonton, contact the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) at 780-423-4102, or visit To locate services in other parts of Alberta visit For information on how you can support survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse, visit