June 6, 2017

We Believe: A benefit for SACE 2017

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Sponsor thank-youThis year’s We Believe benefit was even bigger and better, with almost 500 guests in attendance at the Shaw Conference Centre. Pictures are available here care of Girl Named Shirl Photography.

Once again, thank you to Parlee McLaws, Servus Credit Union, Kevin and Jenny Boyd, VKO LLP, Lloyd Sadd Insurance Brokers, Belfor Property Restoration, Ron Eliasson, Newwest Travel, Westjet, the Luxus Group, and CTV Edmonton for your support of SACE. We could absolutely not have pulled off this event without your support!

May 15, 2017

New Alberta-wide plan aims to tackle sexual violence

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Please read this important article, highlighting a new Alberta action plan to improve services for people who experience sexual assault. “The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton is on track to seeing its client numbers nearly double this year due to a shift in awareness and understanding” says SACE Executive Director Mary Jane James.

The full interview is available on CBC Edmonton at the 4.00 minute mark.

March 16, 2017

How do you Picture Love? SACE wants to know

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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 shannonn@sace.ab.ca

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

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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 http://www.sace.ab.ca. To locate services in other parts of Alberta visit http://aasas.ca/get-help/. For information on how you can support survivors of sexual assault and sexual abuse, visit http://www.ibelieveyou.info.

August 16, 2016

Supporters’ Night

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Supporter Session Sept 2016 Paint

SACE information group for people supporting survivors of sexual abuse/assault, September 2016

July 29, 2016

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For the past 41 years the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton has been committed to providing the best support possible to those impacted by sexualized violence in our community. Our organization offers specialized and essential sexual assault and child sexual abuse services aimed at both preventing this crime and facilitating the healing and recovery of those who have been victimized. At SACE, professional trauma counselling is available to survivors of all genders over the age of three. We work to keep our wait times to a minimum, and we provide information, resources, and crisis support to those waiting for full counselling services. Our public education team provides workshops and information sessions on sexualized violence for thousands of youth, adults, and professionals each year. We offer a 24-hour sexual assault support and information line, and provide police and court support and court accompaniment to those navigating the legal system. These services are only possible because of the past and present efforts of our dedicated staff and volunteers.

In addition to providing services for those directly impacted by sexualized violence our team works tirelessly to create a community in which survivors are listened to, believed, and supported without judgment. Creating environments free of sexualized violence requires collaboration and the efforts of many, and our organization is encouraged and energized knowing that there are countless dedicated community members working to make our city a more supportive place for those impacted by this crime. We are immeasurably grateful for all efforts that seek to further this cause.

We believe healing is possible, and we strive to support every individual who is in need of our services. We are always open to feedback, and we are dedicated to growing as an organization and ensuring quality of care for those accessing our services.

If you have questions, feedback, or require more information about our services, you can:

  • Call our office at 780.423.4102
  • Call our 24-Hour Support and Information Line at 780.423.4121
  • Email us at info@sace.ab.ca
  • Send us a private message through Facebook
  • Visit our website at https://www.sace.ab.ca/ (There is a Leave Page button at the top if you ever need to switch to a safe site quickly!)
  • Contact us for a tour of our Centre

February 8, 2016

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WE BELIEVE #webelievebenefit

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February 4, 2016

SACE Supports Gender Inclusivity in YEG Schools

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There has been a great deal of backlash against Alberta Education’s new Guidelines for Best Practices on ensuring schools are safe spaces for trans children and youth.

One particularly harmful myth is that the creation of trans inclusive washrooms will lead to an increase in sexual violence. Research does not support this false assertion. In fact, reducing gendered space promotes safety for all students. As noted by the Pride Centre of Edmonton:

“Bathroom use by children with diverse gender presentation poses no risk to other children. On the contrary, people who are trans experience among the highest rates of violence and themselves need to be protected. One widely circulated document falsely alleges that allowing trans students to use bathrooms will lead to an increase in sexual assault – an allegation which is clearly refuted by sexual assault service providers. You can gain accurate information about the important issue of sexual assault, from the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services at www.aasas.ca

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February 3, 2016

Thank you!

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We are filled with gratitude for all of the support our upcoming fundraising gala, We Believe: A benefit for SACE, has received and would like to acknowledge and thank our sponsors:

Title: Servus Credit Union

Platinum: Anonymous

Gold: Imperial Equities

Silver: Kevin and Jenny Boyd
Silver: Parlee McLaws LLP

Bronze: Lloyd Sadd
Bronze: Weir Bowen LLP
Bronze: Orange Theory Fitness
Bronze: Dr. Derek Fika Family Dentistry
Bronze: VKO LLP Chartered Accountants
Bronze: Jiffy Lube, Keith Ramsay – Owner Operator

In-Kind: Alley Kat Brewing
In-Kind: Unwined
In-Kind: Girl Named Shirl
In-Kind: NewWest Travel
In-Kind: Westjet

Media Sponsor: CTV Edmonton

#WeBelieveBenefit #YEGBelieves

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