February 4, 2016

SACE Supports Gender Inclusivity in YEG Schools

Posted in Uncategorized at 11:00 am by sacetalks

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

These harmful stereotypes about trans people often lead to violence and abuse against trans individuals. Dispel the misinformation and help make our community a safe space for people of all genders.Slide1

February 3, 2016

Thank you!

Posted in Uncategorized at 9:09 pm by sacetalks

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

January 4, 2016

CTV Edmonton media sponsor for We Believe: A benefit for SACE

Posted in Community Events, SACE Announcements, SACE Events, Sexual Assault, Uncategorized, We can all do something tagged , , , at 7:41 am by sacetalks

We would like to thank CTV Edmonton for once again being our official media sponsor for our annual Valentine’s themed fundraising and awareness event, now called We Believe: A benefit for SACE.

Thank you CTV Edmonton for partnering with us to help shift the climate of silence and shame that surrounds the issue of sexual abuse and assault to one of hope, healing and support. By demonstrating your commitment to standing up against this crime which affects so many, and to honouring the strength and resiliency of survivors, you are showing the Edmonton community your willingness to get in front of an issue that has for too long been shrouded in secrecy, blame, and guilt.


December 15, 2015

Servus Credit Union Title Sponsor for We Believe: A benefit for SACE

Posted in News Release, SACE Announcements, SACE Events, Sexual Assault, Uncategorized, We can all do something tagged , , , at 7:19 pm by sacetalks

We would like to thank Servus Credit Union for once again being the Title Sponsor for our annual Valentine’s themed fundraising and awareness event, now called “We Believe: A benefit for SACE”.

Thank you Servus Credit Union, for partnering with us to help shift the climate of silence and shame that surrounds the issue of sexual abuse and assault to one of hope, healing and support. By demonstrating your commitment to standing up against this crime which affects so many, and to honouring the strength and resiliency of survivors, you are showing the Edmonton community your willingness to get in front of an issue that has for too long been shrouded in secrecy, blame, and guilt.




For tickets and more information about We Believe, click here.

December 4, 2015

We Believe: A benefit for SACE

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:04 pm by sacetalks



The Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) is pleased to invite the community to join us for an evening of awareness raising, hope and healing. On Wednesday, February 10, SACE, together with our Title Sponsor, Servus Credit Union, is hosting We Believe: A benefit for SACE, a Valentine’s themed fundraising event, at the Chateau Lacombe Hotel. The evening will include a reception with live pianist vocal performance, plated dinner, silent and live auctions. We are pleased, once again, to collaborate on this event with our Honourary Chair, Sarah Chan, wife of Mayor Don Iveson. We are also very proud to announce that Sheldon Kennedy will be our special guest speaker. Sheldon, a former NHL player, philanthropist, and author of Why I Didn’t Say Anything: The Sheldon Kennedy Story, will share his own story and message, centered on the impact and power of the three simple words: I BELIEVE YOU.


We Believe is an opportunity for our community to come together to demonstrate our commitment to standing up against this crime which affects so many, and to honour the strength and resiliency of survivors. We are confident that this third annual event will be one that will not soon be forgotten, and expect a capacity crowd. All of the revenue generated will be directed to increasing client services, reducing wait times, and providing public education in Edmonton and its surrounding communities.


We Believe in a world where sexual violence is not tolerated, where survivors are celebrated for their strength and resiliency, and where everyone is actively working towards a future without sexual violence. Please help us make this dream a reality by supporting this event and by telling survivors #IBelieveYou. When survivors are supported, healing is absolutely possible. We can all do something. Together, the change we create will do much more than improve the lives of survivors. It will allow us to grow and thrive as a community, because a strong community is one that does not leave anyone behind.


Listen. Believe. Support.­

We can all do something.

June 30, 2015

SACE 1975 – 2015

Posted in SACE Announcements, Uncategorized tagged , at 6:26 pm by sacetalks


This year the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE) is celebrating 40 years in the Edmonton community. This mosaic, made of hand-painted tiles created by SACE volunteers, staff, clients, and other supporters, commemorates this milestone and acts as a time capsule for future ones. The piece hangs in the SACE reception area.

June 1, 2015

We’re Turning 40! SACE 40th Anniversary Open House, June 18th, 2015

Posted in SACE Events tagged , at 11:49 pm by sacetalks


April 16, 2015

SACE Is Hiring! Diversity Outreach Worker Position

Posted in SACE Announcements tagged , at 8:29 pm by sacetalks

Full Time Employment Opportunity

Diversity Outreach Worker at the Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE)

  • SACE recognizes that sexual violence can happen to individuals regardless of gender, age, community of faith, ability, ethnic heritage or sexual orientation.
  • SACE provides essential, specialized and cost effective sexual assault services aimed at preventing the crime and offering healing and recovery to those who have been victimized.
  • SACE believes that people can heal from the trauma of sexual violence.

SACE is seeking a dynamic individual to join the existing Diversity Outreach Team to develop new / enhance existing community relationships in Edmonton.   This team player will recognize and work with individuals, communities and organizations to reduce barriers that may prevent some individuals from accessing the help they need to begin to heal from sexual violence.


  • Post-secondary education in a human service field
  • Strong team member but also able to work independently
  • Public speaking skills/ writing skills/computer skills
  • Understanding of sexual violence and the impact on individuals, families and communities
  • Understanding of Indigenous cultures
  • Sensitivity to and understanding of the effects of colonization and residential schools for Indigenous people
  • Understanding of various ethno-cultural communities in the Edmonton area
  • Ability to work flexible hours (some evenings and weekends required)
  • Have a current driver’s license and a reliable vehicle

Of Special Note: SACE operates on a compressed work week (8 working hours/per day Monday – Thursday)

Please forward resume or CV to:

#205, 14964 – 121A Ave
Edmonton, AB  T5V 1A3

* Application period closes Friday, April 24th at 5pm.

SACE hires on the basis of merit.  We are committed to the principal of equity in employment.  We welcome diversity and encourage applications from individuals of all genders including Aboriginal persons, people with disabilities and members of a visible minority.

April 15, 2015

Partner and Support Person Information Session to be held June 3rd, 2015

Posted in SACE Programs, Support tagged , , , at 5:36 pm by sacetalks

Are you a partner or support person of someone who has experienced sexual abuse/assault?

SACE is offering an information group for people supporting survivors of sexual abuse/assault.

DATE: Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 from 6-8pm
LOCATION: SACE (Suite #205, 14964 121A Avenue)


Please contact Katie, Prov. R. Psych. for more information:
780.423.4102 x

March 18, 2015

The Continued Objectification of Women

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:40 pm by sacetalks

The following article was written for the SACE blog page by a feminist in our community. While we fully support and respect the work of all feminists, we would like to indicate that SACE is merely providing a platform for this writer’s voice. The views and perspectives represented in this piece are solely those of the writer. To learn about SACE’s mission statement and beliefs please go to https://www.sace.ab.ca/index.php/about-us.  As always, we encourage you to speak with us regarding any concerns, questions, or feedback that you may have. Please email info@sace.ab.ca with any inquiries. 

The Continued Objectification of Women

As a young women who frequently goes out, I , like many other women my age, experience harassment on a regular basis at clubs or bars. A particular occasion I was out for a girl’s night with a few of my friends when we were quickly approached by a group of men also in their twenties. What started out as a casual conversation soon turned frustrating when one of the men repeatedly asked me to move to a quieter corner upstairs with him. Although I said no to his request countless times, it was only when I mentioned that I was in a relationship that he decided to back off and move to a different part of the club, most likely to find a girl that was single.

I was understandably relieved when he decided to leave me alone, but our exchange made me boil with rage. By only leaving when I said I had a boyfriend, this man was showing more respect to my absent partner than to me.

This leads me to a discussion of how women are still perceived as sexual objects. A large part of society still see females as en extension of their male partner, and if they do not have a boyfriend or a husband it is expected that they get one so they can fulfill their domestic and subordinate role.  I suggest that for a man to assume I am single when I go out to a club or a bar is to assume that all women who choose to go out without a male companion are single. This stems from the preconception that women who are indeed in a relationship would most likely be at home. As well, there exists an assumption that the purpose for going out as a single woman is to find a man. When that man in the club chose to stop his advances only when hearing I was taken he was treating me as a part of my boyfriend’s property and completely ignored the possibility that I could choose to reject him for the sole reason that I was not interested.

Furthermore, when being hit on many women feel as if they should make up having a partner, even if they are in single, to avoid hurting a man.  In The Art of “No” by Jennifer P. (for more info about Jennifer P., and to access her blog page, see  http://captainawkward.com/about/), she illustrates the dilemma this puts women in through the scenario of a party. When a guy continuously offers a you a drink and you say “no thanks’ and put the drink down and walk away from it, you’re the one who looks rude” (Jennifer P.). This scenario and the one I discussed above puts the pressure on the women to not only refuse an offer repeatedly, but also to risk being perceived as rude and unfriendly. However, it should not be up to a woman to continuously say no. Rather, her response should be respected immediately without her fearing that she has committed a social faux-pas. As females we should be able to make our feelings known without worrying they might injure male pride. Being ‘polite’ should not mean disguising discomfort, disinterest or entering a situation where we are not completely at ease.

Some might argue that this kind of invasive behaviour should be expected when in a social setting such as a club. It is as if in our current society that night life has become a place where it is accepted for men to prey on women. This is evidenced in the popular term for a night club being a ‘hunting ground’ as if the women there are objects without feeling ready to be claimed.  However, this type of harassment should not be tolerated, nor expected, no matter the venue.

These scenarios discussed above, such as a man assuming a women is single, or a man placing the burden of saying no and risk being rude on the female, are ones most women are familiar with. Although feminism has made great progress in the reformation of laws, our society still needs equality of sexes to create a world where women are not considered sexual accessories and where no venues exist where objectification is acceptable.

Elizabeth D.

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