Conversations

Conversations

Why do we silence sexual assault conversations? Sexual assault in my opinion is a very controversial topic. Not in the sense that people agree or disagree in its seriousness but rather in the degree of how prevalent discussions and conversations surrounding sexual assault should be in our society. I bet if I asked you to define what exactly sexual assault was, a lot of you would be able to give me an answer that is relatively close to its legal definition.  Some of you might even be able to go a step further and recite some facts and statistics surrounding sexual assault. But how many of these facts and statistics would be related to the mental and emotional components of being sexually assaulted? It seems as if the only time it’s okay talking about sexual assault openly is when you’re talking about it in terms of numbers or facts. Why? Because it’s just easier that way, by choosing an apathetic route towards...
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Self Love

Self Love

When you think of what you love, do you think of yourself? We’ve all experienced or at least been exposed to some form of love; the love between two partners, the love a mother has for her child, the love shared by two best-friends, or even the love between a man and his dog. Aside from the good feeling that love embodies, it has the ability to heal. Seems kind of far-fetched doesn't it? I mean come on… love is just a feeling after all. But think about the first time you ever scraped your knee and it hurt so much, but the moment your mom came and picked you up all that pain minimized. Or the time you experienced your first heartbreak, you thought you met the love of your life but then just like that you lost it. Ok, there’s no way love can heal the pain of losing your first love, which is a fair assumption but...
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Consent Event 2018

Consent Event 2018

CONSENT EVENT Walk & Fun Run 8:30 am Registration Opens 10:00 am Race Start Saturday, May 26th, 2018 Broadmoor Lake Park, Sherwood Park   Join us for our 3rd Annual Consent Event Fun Run/Walk!!! All money raised will go directly in supporting those who have been impacted by sexual violence. This year we added some extra incentives to our pledges. If you can raise $1000 for SAFFRON, we will give you a $100 gift card to a place of your choice!! You can download our Pledge Form on our Facebook Page!  Sign up today at Running Room Website!   HUGE Thank You to our 2018 Sponsors!!!     ...
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Support Survivors with Saffron

Support Survivors with Saffron

DESCRIPTION We are having our first ever cocktail party fundraiser! Don't get us wrong, it won't be too fancy and it is going to have some of your favorite comfort foods! We are hosting this Support Survivors with Saffron event at Spark Centre. There will be a live auction, an opportunity to participate in a community mural, live music, as well as showcasing some art created by survivors who are going through their own healing journeys. LOCATION 2257 Premier Way, Sherwood Park, Alberta T8H 0K2 TIME The Event starts at 7pm and goes until 10pm. Live Auction will begin at 830pm. We will be creating a paint mural that we will be hanging in our new office once we move later this year. We are really excited for this community art piece to show our clients that they are cared for and supported by our community. Tickets are $25 per person. They are available by online purchase by following the link below: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/support-survivors-with-saffron-tickets-36362906432?aff=ehomecard There is going to be a cash bar on site. Appetizers...
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May 27, 2017 Fun Run … REGISTER NOW

May 27, 2017 Fun Run … REGISTER NOW

    CONSENT EVENT Walk & Fun Run 10:00 am Registration Opens 11:00 am Race Start Saturday, May 27th, 2017 Broadmoor Lake, Sherwood Park   Strathcona County’s SAFFRON (Sexual Assault) Centre is pleased to host the 2017 Consent Event Walk & Fun Run.  Your sponsorship and donations go directly to support victims of sexual assault, abuse and sexual violence, and their families. Registration If you are not able to make the date but would still like to support our event you will find a donation button on the registration page for your convenience. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities for this event please contact the office at 780 449 0900 for more information. Sponsors GOLD - $1000+ SILVER - $500+   HPS BRONZE - $250+   Additional Text Prêt-À-Partir … Annie … On-The-Go sherwood.park@assembly.ab.ca Thank you for your support! Photos From Last Year's Event ...
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IF IT’S NOT OK ON THE SIDEWALK, IT’S NOT OK ONLINE

IF IT’S NOT OK ON THE SIDEWALK, IT’S NOT OK ONLINE

IF IT’S NOT OK ON THE SIDEWALK, IT’S NOT OK ONLINE   Last spring I had 75 Grade 2&3 students in a classroom for an Internet Safety presentation. The room was buzzing with energy.  Elementary kids love, like really love, talking about the Internet. At one point, I asked the students to put up their hands if they believed that spending time online was “real life”.  Not one hand went up.  The room got quiet as they thought about what I was asking. Heads slowly began to shake back and forth. I asked why spending time online, either playing games or messaging friends was not real life.  The answers were astounding…and make sense, when you’re 7 or 8 eight years old.   “Your looking at a screen, and the screen is a thing, it’s not alive.” “You may be talking to a friend, but you can’t reach out and touch them…so it’s not real life because your friend isn’t actually there.” “The computer is made of...
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Why Public Education?

Why Public Education?

  WHY PUBLIC EDUCATION?   Welcome to Saffron Centre’s Public Education Blog.  Why a blog? Because we know our stuff and we want parents to be equipped to talk to their kids about things that matter to their personal development.  There are times, however, that even the most well intentioned parents don’t know how to start a certain conversation, don’t feel knowledgeable enough on certain topics, don’t know what’s going in in the world of their child, can’t make it our to a parent presentations, or just don’t know what they don’t know.  We live in a fast paced world and it’s hard to keep up.   Our public educators spend almost all day every day in the classrooms teaching on topics like Internet Safety, Bullying, Healthy Relationships, Personal Boundaries, Harassment, Assault, and Self Image. We see things. We hear things. We have opportunities to ask questions and tease out honest answers. We have an inside track to what’s trending in the schools and on...
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#relationshipgo’s vs #relationshipno’s

#relationshipgo’s vs #relationshipno’s

#Relationshipgoals vs. #Relationshipno’s   When we think of sexual abuse perpetrators a common vision that may pop into our minds is the media’s ominous portrayal. A hooded individual lurking in the shadows of an alley or waiting in the bushes of a secluded walking trail. What we rarely think of is our significant other. We need to remind ourselves that even though we have committed ourselves to this person, they do not own our bodies. Just because we are in a relationship with someone does not give him or her the right to take ownership of our bodies and demand sexual acts. Consent always needs to be given, whether in a relationship or not.   Relationship No’s are: •    Unwanted kissing or touching. •    Unwanted rough or violent sexual activity. •    Rape or attempted rape. •    Refusing to use condoms or restricting someone’s access to birth control. •    Keeping someone from protecting themselves from sexually transmitted infections (STIs). •    Sexual contact with someone who is very drunk, drugged, unconscious...
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SAFFRON Centre standing with sexual assault survivors

SAFFRON Centre standing with sexual assault survivors

http://www.sherwoodparknews.com/2016/10/04/saffron-standing-with-sexual-assault-survivors   Make some noise and make a difference while showing your support for survivors of sexual assault by taking part in the second annual #IBelieveYou campaign. The #IBelieveYou campaign, which launched on Sept. 19, 2016, aims to promote the cultural shift of Canadians choosing to stand by victims of sexual assault rather than to minimize, shame or justify acts of sexual violence. Funded by the provincial government and supported by the Canadian Armed Forces’ Operation Honour and Albertan post-secondary institutions, the campaign was created last year by the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services — otherwise known as AASAS — and the organization’s 12 member agencies. One of those partners is Sherwood Park’s Saffron Sexual Assault Centre. “We have always had the mentality that it’s never the victims fault and we know that what scares a lot of people from coming forward is thinking that they are not going to be believed,” said Katie Kitschke, executive director at Saffron. Kitschke adds that Saffron’s goal is to...
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Your Child’s Sexual Wellbeing

Your Child’s Sexual Wellbeing

Not many parents jump at the opportunity to have the talk with their children. Oftentimes they dread that painfully awkward day, and hope that sexual behaviour is something that they can leave to their children’s school teachers or even peers to explain. However, research consistently tells us that young people greatly benefit from—and actually more often prefer—sex education communicated to them through their parents compared to other resources (e.g. peers, the internet, etc.). This is probably surprising to most of us. Unfortunately, we often think just the opposite, and discourage ourselves from engaging in that talk, which subsequently inhibits our children from navigating their sexual health as best they could be.   Now, just because this discussion of sexuality is crucial, does not mean it’s easy. Sure, there will be the relatively easy parts; as in, disclosing to your child that most—if not all—of their friends who refer to themselves as sex gods are in fact virgins, scared to death of how...
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