SASSL is a student-run organization offering support to survivors of sexual assault, as well as their friends and family.
We provide a listening ear, information and referrals over the phone or in person, with a 24-hour phone line and walk-in location in our Student Centre office (B449).SASSL staff and volunteers do outreach – workshops, tabling, posters, talks and events – to educate the broader community about sexual assault and related issues.
SASSL volunteers are trained in a variety of areas to recognize the diversity that shapes everyday life in the GTA. We know that all types of factors influence people’s lives and choices. SASSL aims to promote equity, and create a space where everyone has a voice that is expressed, heard, recognized and respected equally.
- Pro-Survivor – SASSL offers unbiased and nonjudgmental support to survivors of all genders. We do not question the caller’s experience, or criticize them for their past or present actions.
- Pro-Diversity – SASSL supports people of all backgrounds, cultures, abilities, genders, sexualities, and perspectives. We work to resist individuals, institutions, and ideas of oppression!
- Pro-Feminist – SASSL acknowledges the imbalance of power between gender in our society, resulting in the fact that the majority of (not all) perpetrators of sexual assault are men, and the majority of (not all) survivors are women.
SASSL was founded in 1995 with the support of the York University administration. The original motivation came from York’s Sexual Harassment Education and Complaint Centre (SHEACC) who realized that there was a critical need for emergency support for survivors of sexual assault.
SASSL received funding from groups such as the Campus Safety for Women Grant, the Work Study Program, and the Graduate Assistant Program. Then in 1999 SASSL was elected by York students to receive a $2.10 tuition levy in order to maintain the presence of this important organization on campus.
Over the last 16 years we have welcomed more than 350 student volunteers and staff members, from a diversity of York’s programs, creating a positive space for one another and the greater student body.
- Represented in winter and fall 2009
Anthropology, art history, biomedical sciences, business management, communication studies, criminology, cultural studies, English, film studies, fine arts, French, geography, health sciences and studies, history, international development and studies, kinesiology, religious studies, political science, psychology, sexuality studies, sociology, Spanish, women’s studies; as well as the School of Social Work, the Schulich School of Business, Osgoode Law School.
Arabic, Bengali, Cantonese, Creole, Dari, Dutch, English, Ethiopian, Farsi, French, Gujarati, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Kashmir, Korean, Mandarin, Marathi, Portuguese, Punjabi, Romanian, Russian, Sinhalese, siSwati, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu, Vietnamese, and Yoruba.