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A Message from AASAS during COVID-19 and Sexual Violence Awareness Month
AASAS Statement on COVID-19
We would like to extend our warmest and most positive thoughts to everyone. During these unprecedented times please know that we are thinking of survivors, our member agencies who serve them and our colleagues and partners.
We plan to do our part in maintaining the health of the community, and hopefully this will help with the burden our health system is bearing right now and will continue to bear over the coming months.
1.8 million Albertans have experienced sexual abuse in their lifetime
AASAS released the key findings of their Prevalence of Sexual Assault and Child Sexual Abuse survey.
These key findings provide insight into the prevalence and nature of Albertan’s experiences of childhood sexual abuse and sexual assault throughout their lifetime.
“With an estimated 1.8 million individuals in Alberta experiencing sexual abuse in their lifetime, this research shows us that sexual abuse is a health and safety issue of epidemic proportions” said Debra Tomlinson, CEO of AASAS. “Albertans have a strong history of coming together to help each other in times of need. People who experience sexual abuse are our family members, our friends and our colleagues. And each and every one of us has a role to play in ensuring survivors get support.”
AASAS meets need for current and local research on prevalence of sexual abuse through Alberta survey
The last comprehensive study on child sexual abuse in Canada was undertaken in 1984 by Robin Badgley. The Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) is addressing this lack of current data on the prevalence of sexual violence with a research study that will begin on Wednesday, June 12th.
The much-needed research will not just gather data on prevalence but also individuals’ attitudes about sexual abuse and assault.
AASAS has a monthly E-News Flash to keep individuals, organizations, agencies/services and government informed on what AASAS and its Member Centres/Services are doing to raise awareness of issues involving sexual abuse and sexual assault while striving to ensure that all Albertans have access to healing and recovery programs, services and supports.
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