Below is a collection of white papers that AASAS, in partnership with various researchers, has written to contribute to research on sexual violence in our province.
Prevalence of Sexual Assault and Childhood Sexual Abuse in Alberta – Key Findings
Until now, the most recent data on the prevalence of child sexual abuse in Canada was from a study chaired by Dr. Robin Badgely that took place 36 years ago.
Partnering with the Government of Alberta and the reputable research firm of R.A. Malatest and Associates, the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) undertook research modelled on the 1984 study but expanded to gather information on sexual assault throughout the lifespan – under the age of 18, over the age of 18, and combined data.
The key findings of this research – Prevalence of Sexual Assault and Childhood Sexual Abuse in Alberta (2020) – provide insight into the prevalence and nature of Albertan’s experiences of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault throughout their lifetime.
Campus Sexual Violence: Guidelines for a Comprehensive Response
Campus Sexual Violence: Guidelines for a Comprehensive Response was developed by the Ending Violence Association of British Columbia (EVA BC) to support university and college campus communities in their response to sexual violence. The guidelines assist in the development and revision of policies and protocols, and outline various disclosure and reporting options, services, and accommodations that may be available to survivors. They also provide guidance around confidentiality and information sharing and highlight the critical components of campus sexual assault training and education.
Surveying the Landscape: Sexual Violence Plans from Around the World
This report was created in partnership by AASAS and Shift: The Project to End Domestic Violence to facilitate discussion with the Government of Alberta around the primary prevention of sexual violence and to inform the development of a sexual violence action plan for Alberta. While this report focuses on sexual violence prevention, subsequent efforts will focus on sexual health strategies to create a fulsome sexual violence and sexual health prevention plan for Alberta.