Sexual Assault Services  I Count Campaign April 2015

On the weekend of April 18th and 19th, Sexual Assault Services of Lunenburg and Queens Counties  their I Count campaign, an initiative to give voice to survivors of sexual assault who live in Lunenburg or Queens counties.

Because most cases of sexual assault are never reported, numbers of assaults are challenging to count. The one thing we know for sure is that the actual numbers are high. This April we are commemorating Sexual Assault Awareness Month by inviting people who have experienced sexual abuse to feel empowered and say, “I Count”.  This campaign is for anyone who has experienced sexual assault at any age and in any way. 

Sexual assault spans a wide range of non-consensual sexual contact. Sexual assault can happen to women, men, transgender people, and children of any age.  A sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to, including any unwanted kissing, touching or fondling. A person cannot freely consent to sexual activity if they are underage, drunk, under the influence of drugs, or unconscious or asleep.

All comments are anonymous and privacy will be respected. To participate, simply leave an anonymous comment on our blog at ICount2015.com or call our toll-free number at 1-888-434-2330 and leave a message saying “I Count”.

 

We will also be holding a dance at the Lunenburg Fire Hall on the evening of April 18th 8 to 12pm featuring The Three Helens. We are asking $10 at the door if you can, free if you can’t. The general public is warmly welcomed to come celebrate the strength and resilience of survivors.

Sexual Assault Services Lunenburg Queens (SASLQ) is a grant project of Second Story Women’s Centre, a multiservice women's centre in Lunenburg, and Harbour House, a transition house in Bridgewater serving women and their dependent children who have left situations of intimate partner violence. 

Contact: Dianne Crowell and Stacey Godsoe, Co-coordinators
Dianne: saslq@harbour-house.ca; Stacey: staceygodsoe@hotmail.ca
(902) 640-3044 ext. 115



Trauma-Informed Training Workshop 
February 23rd-24th, 2015

In February 2015, SASLQ coordinated and hosted a very successful two-day trauma-informed workshop with Dr. Lori Haskell, Clinical Psychologist and trauma-informed expert, with over 120 participants representing more than 20 different organizations as well as private practitioners and interested individuals.  

Understanding the impacts of trauma is becoming increasingly recognized as essential for working effectively with survivors of violence, abuse and neglect.  For front-line sexual assault service providers building awareness on how victims respond to traumatic events including recounting the incident non-chronologically or reacting in what may seem to be “inappropriate” ways is critical. Those working in law enforcement, health and mental health in this region are now committing to engaging in this kind of essential training.

Some of the feedback we heard…:

“I am a labour/employment mediator/arbitrator and work with people traumatized in the workplace. One thing that has always “bugged me” is the disjointed testimony. I will be much more tolerant of disjointed testimony.”

“I am hopeful and cautiously optimistic that there has been a shift. The diversity of the community & services based organizations was unprecedented in my experiences at similar workshops.”

For more information or to contact Dr. Haskell directly, email  lorihaskell@sympatico.ca, or call (416) 925-