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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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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