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Sexual Violence Prevention Month

May has been officially proclaimed as Sexual Violence Prevention Month by the Government of Alberta. The Commitment to Preventing and Addressing Sexual Violence helps to remove the stigma attached with sexual violence and supports building momentum for addressing this issue. Sagesse is committed to being a part of collective efforts across Alberta that address sexual and domestic violence and working towards making Alberta safer for everyone.

#Didyouknow many victims of sexual violence are in an intimate relationship with their abuser? Sexual violence and domestic violence exist within the scope of oppression. It is how a perpetrator abuses power and control over a victim. A perpetrator can use a variety of violent and non-violent methods to take away a victim’s agency. These may include: violence, intimidation, emotional abuse, controlling money, making the victim feel like they are “crazy”, and sexual assault. Sexual violence is another form of controlling and taking away a person’s agency. Although some domestic violence victims have outward signs of abuse, many suffer abuse in other ways.

We know that disclosures of sexual violence are often hidden within the context of domestic violence due to fear and the stigma attached. Oftentimes, our society does not believe that an individual can be a victim of sexual violence by their spouse or partner. As long as we continue this narrative and do not acknowledge the sexual violence between partners, we dismiss a huge portion of survivors. The link between sexual violence and domestic violence in undeniable.

Recently, Andrea Silverstone, Executive Director at Sagesse sat down with Deb Tomlinson, Chief Executive Officer at the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services to discuss the intersection between domestic violence and sexual violence and how we as agencies can better work together moving forward. Take a look:

 

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Andrea Silverstone on Global Calgary

Andrea Silverstone our Executive Director was on Global Calgary this weekend discussing the prevalence of domestic violence in Calgary, what Sagesse is doing to prevent and end domestic abuse and how people in abusive relationships can get help.

https://globalnews.ca/video/4160030/breaking-the-cycle-of-domestic-violence

 

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National Volunteer Week

It’s National Volunteer Week!

April 15 – 21, 2018 is National Volunteer Week and Sagesse is especially grateful to all our volunteers who donate their time to empower individuals experiencing domestic violence across Alberta. Over the past year, more than 150 volunteers have donated more than 5000 hours to empowering individuals, organizations and communities to break the cycle of violence. Their generosity has impacted over 700 people as part of our mission to break the cycle of violence.

Volunteers at Sagesse wear many hats: They assist with delivering our peer support programs dedicated to empowering women who may be at risk of, or are experiencing abuse; they help with administrative tasks in our office; they participate in community events on behalf of Sagesse to help raise awareness around our programs and initiatives – just to name a few things! In short, we don’t know what we’d do without our wonderful volunteers, so we want to say a very big THANK YOU!

Sagesse is always looking for volunteers who have a passion for giving back and a love for curating healthy relationships to end domestic violence. Learn more about the many volunteer opportunities available at Sagesse and read more about our volunteer wellness program on our website at http://www.sagesse.org/volunteer/

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Family Violence Prevention Month

November in Alberta marks Family Violence Prevention Month.  All across the province individuals, organizations and communities are using this month as an opportunity to draw awareness to the issue of domestic violence and the role that we all can have in preventing it.  As part of our #ABFVPM activities Sagesse is hosting our 6th Annual Eat Play Love event. Eat Play Love is all about pampering and indulgence – while raising funds for Sagesse’s programs and services that empower people, organizations and communities to break the cycle of domestic violence.

Eat Play Love offers the opportunity to pamper yourself with two mini-spa services of your choice.  Amanda Bach RMT had this to say about her involvement with Eat Play Love:

“As a Registered Massage Therapist, I firmly believe that creating a safe space for awareness and allowing healing to happen can have substantially positive effects.  I am honored to contribute my skills alongside a group that is taking real action to end domestic violence. 

The support system that is created within Sagesse astounds me and I’m looking forward to this year’s Eat Play Love event. I always leave feeling empowered, respected and supported.”

Tickets are going fast, click here to purchase!

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Welcome to the new Sagesse website

A little over two years ago Sagesse started on the path of envisioning a new brand and model for connecting our programs with the communities around us.  The final step in this journey comes with this newly imagined website.

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