The Sexual Assault Survivors' Support Line & Leadership (SASSL) exists to provide unbiased and non-judgmental peer support and referrals to survivors of sexual violence.


SASSL provides:
24 hour crisis line
Referrals
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Here are Our Upcoming Events for March:

BLUEPRINTS FOR CHANGE:

SASSL and the Men’s Team from CHR bring you Blueprints for Change, a White Ribbon Campaign presentation on masculinity and the way that it people in society.

This fun, informal, and interactive workshop fosters a safe space for people to share and talk about their experiences while looking at issues such as who defines masculinity and femininity, the pressure on masculine-identified individuals to “act like a man”, and how experiencing violence affects masculine-identified individuals.

Location Details:
Tuesday March 4th, 2014
Health, Nursing, and Environmental Studies Building (HNES), room 031
4pm-6pm

White Ribbon is the world’s largest movement of men and boys working to end violence against women and girls, promote gender equity, healthy relationships and a new vision of masculinity. To learn more about them, please visit their website:http://www.whiteribbon.ca/

SURVIVAL: SASSL’S 6TH ANNUAL ART SHOW & 18TH ANNIVERSARY!

HeART is SASSL’s 6th annual art show in celebration of International Women’s Day and our 18th anniversary as a non-hierarchical, student-run collective. We operate a 24/7 support line and run outreaches, events and workshops from a feminist, anti-oppressive and survivor-centric framework.

The theme of HeART this year is SURVIVAL, where we honour and support our communities as we continue to resist state-sanctioned structural violence in all its’ manifestations (in the form of white supremacy, patriarchy, capitalism, transphobia, ableism, police brutality, etc.). We seek to prioritize the voices of indigenous women, women of colour and trans people, intentionally taking up space which has long been denied us.

***DOORS OPEN AT 5:00 PM

FEATURING SPOKEN WORD BY:
-D’BI YOUNG
-LISHAI
-AFRAKAREN
-& MORE!

FEATURING ART BY:
-HARPREET SANDHU
-MARIA VON
-EMILIJA COOKE
-AJA TOSTE

ACCESSIBILITY INFO:
1. ADMISSION IS FREE!
2. FREE SNACKS AND BIRTHDAY CUPCAKES WILL BE SERVED!*
3. Venue and bathrooms are wheelchair-accessible via elevators.
4. Gender-neutral bathroom is located on the 4th floor of the Student Centre.
5. Please come as scent-free as possible.
6. We regret that we cannot offer ASL interpretation for this event.

*a limited selection of vegan and gluten-free snacks and cupcakes will be available

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** 2013/2014 Wen-Do Self Defense Courses! **

This school year, SASSL will be holding two Wen-do self defense courses each semester. The first course in the fall term is a five-week course that will be held onWednesday evenings from October 2nd to October 30th. There will also be a weekend course that will take place on October 19th/20th. The winter term five-week course will be on Wednesday evenings from January 15th to February 12th. There will also be a weekend course on March 1st/2nd.

All Wen-do courses are free of charge, though there may be a small deposit that is returned upon completion of the course. If taking the course, you must attend all classes or else lose the deposit. Wen-do classes are for all who self-identify as women and are meant to be accessible to all ability levels. If you would like to register for the course or require more information, please email wendo.sassl@gmail.com.

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“What Sex Workers Know About How To End Sexual and All Violence Against All Women”

SASSL will be hosting speakers from Maggie’s: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project to discuss the current situation around sex work and outline how the oppression of sex workers effects all women. The discussion will take place on January 29th, 2013 from 7:00pm-10:00-pm in Curtis Lecture Hall 110. For more information please visit the events page or the Facebook event page: http://www.facebook.com/events/531183386906673/

2013 Wen-Do Courses!

SASSL will be holding two sets of  Wen-Do course this semester. The first course is Saturday February 2nd and 9th, 2013The five-week course will be held on Tuesday evenings from March 19th to April 16th, 2013. The course will be free to York affiliated people (students, alumni, staff); all other interested community members will have to pay a nominal $35 fee. If would like to take the course, please contact wendo.sassl@gmail.com; you must be able to attend all 5 classes. Wendo courses are specifically for participants who self-identify as women. For more information about Wendo courses, check out our News & Events page.

New this year, Sport York will also be holding Wen-Do courses! Classes will be held over one full weekend at the Tait Mackenzie Centre. There are two weekends to choose from April 6th and April 13th. You can register in person at Client Services at the Tait McKenzie Centre. A valid YU-card, membership card or photo ID must be shown. Payment can be made with cash, debit, Visa or MasterCard. The course is free but a $10 fee is required to hold your spot in the course. For more information check out Sports & Recreation York at http://recreation.yorku.ca and click on Recreation Guide.

“What Sex Workers Know About How to End Sexual and All Violence Against Women”

As long as sex workers aren’t safe–no woman is safe!

Maggie’s: The Toronto Sex Workers Action Project is an organization run for and by local sex workers. Our mission is to assist sex workers in our efforts to live and work with safety and dignity. In this workshop, Keisha and Phoenix will address the current situation of sex workers (including our fight for decriminalization) outline how the oppression of sex workers effects all women (including trans women) by contributing to rape culture and share how supporting justice for sex workers is a necessary part of resisting sexual and physical violence against all women.

Facilitated by Keisha Scott and Phoenix Katt of Maggie’s: Toronto Sex Workers Action Project. To view the Facebook event page, please click here: http://www.facebook.com/events/531183386906673/

Looking for a Self-Defence Course?

Wen-Do

SASSL will be holding two sets of Wen-Do courses this semester. The first will be held on Saturday February 2nd and 9th, 2013. A five-week course will be held on Tuesday evenings from March 19th to April 16th, 2013. The course will be free to York affiliated people (students, alumni, staff); all other interested community members will have to pay a nominal $35 fee. If you would like to take the course, please contact wendo.sassl@gmail.com; you must be able to attend all 5 classes. Wen-Do courses are specifically for participants who self-identify as women.

New this year, Sport York will also be holding Wen-Do courses! Classes will be held over one full weekend at the Tait Mackenzie Centre. The two weekends to choose from are April 6th, 2013 and April 13th, 2013. These courses will be held in Studio 6 at Tait McKenzie from 10am-5pm each day. You can register in person at Client Services at the Tait McKenzie Centre. A valid YU-card, membership card or photo ID must be shown. Payment can be made with cash, debit, Visa or MasterCard. The course is free but a $10 fee is required to hold your spot in the course. For more information check out Sports & Recreation York at http://recreation.yorku.ca and click on Recreation Guide.

Wen-Do Women’s Self Defense is the oldest women’s self-defence organization in Canada. SASSL has held Wen-Do courses on the York University campus for several years. Participants love the 15-hour basic course which covers a wide variety of physical and verbal self-defence techniques, awareness and avoidance of threatening situations, and discussions of psychological, social, and legal issues involved in self-defence. Classes are taught by women, for self-identified women and girls. For more information check out http://www.wendo.ca

We Listen to the Survivors

External Outreach Coordinator Aaliyah Khan, discusses the history and future of SASSL with Urban Times. The article can be read at http://www.theurbn.com/2012/06/we-listen-to-the-survivors-sassl-at-york-university/

News

*UPDATE*

After much consideration and lengthy discussion, the members of the SASSL executive have decided to adjust SASSL’s name to better reflect the variety of work that SASSL takes part in, such as education about sexual assault, outreach, and advocacy in the York and surrounding  community. SASSL now stands for 
The Sexual Assault Survivors’ Support Line and Leadership
. Despite our name change, we will continue to provide a 24 hour crisis line during the school year, as well as walk-in support at our Student Centre office, in addition to educational outreaches and information sessions on the York University campus and in the GTA.

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