Sexual Assault Awareness Week at the U of S

Media are invited to a sexual assault policy announcement during the University of Saskatchewan's Sexual Assault Awareness Week:

Tuesday, Sept. 22
10:30 am
North Concourse, Place Riel
University of Saskatchewan

This announcement will launch the feedback gathering stage of the university's new Sexual Assault Prevention Policy. This is the first time that the policy will be made available to the public.

Available for interviews at the announcement:
• Patti McDougall, U of S vice-provost, teaching and learning
• Jack Saddleback, U of S Students' Union (USSU) president
• Cheryl Carver, U of S associate vice-president of human resources
• Maryellen Gibson, Peer Health Mentor, U of S student

For more information, contact:
Meghan Sired
Communications co-ordinator
306-966-6068 (office)
306-381-7992 (cell)

Schedule of events for Sexual Assault Awareness Week at U of S:

For more than 10 years, Sexual Assault Awareness Week has taken place on campus. During the week, there are a variety of events that promote ways to reduce the risk of being sexually assaulted, or of sexually assaulting someone.

Tuesday, Sept. 22
TED Talk Time: Men and Violence
4-6 pm | North Concourse, Place Riel

Domestic violence and sexual abuse are often called "women's issues." This TED Talk points out that these are intrinsically men's issues. The event is hosted by St. Thomas More College Campus Ministry.

Event media contact:
Michael MacLean, 306-966-8931,

Thursday, Sept. 24
Sexual Assault Community Supports Fair
12-4 pm | North Concourse, Place Riel

University staff and students and representatives from community groups in Saskatoon who are involved in sexual assault prevention, education and support will be handing out information and talking about consent.

Event media contacts:
Rita Hanoski, U of S health educator and promoter, 306-230-6833,
Maryellen Gibson, Student Peer Health Mentor, 403-550-3765

Thursday, Sept. 24
Curious what U of S students think about relationships?
Noon | Aboriginal Students' Centre (Room 110, Marquis Hall)

Join the viewing of the U of S Relationship Video to hear students share what matters to them. Pizza lunch and discussion to follow.

Event media contact:
Graeme Joseph, team leader of First Nations, Métis and Inuit student success, 306-966-7287,

Thursday, Sept. 24
Hunting Ground Film Screening
4-6:30 pm | Neatby Timlin Theatre (Room 241, Arts Building)

The Hunting Ground film exposes sexual assault crimes at American colleges. The film's producers will be at the screening and are available for media interviews.

Thursday, Sept 24
USSU Concert for Consent
8 pm | Louis'

Everyone is invited to come celebrate and raise awareness about consensual sex, by dancing and partying the night away. Musical performances by the Yep Yep Yeps, The Garrys and Sadie Bloom. Spoken word performances by Shanda Stefanson, Danielle Altrogge and Yonic Boom.

Event media contact: Jason Ventnor, communications and marketing manager, USSU, 306-966-6973

All week:
Relationship red flags
Displayed across campus

Six red flags with a behaviour written on it will be displayed around campus for the week. According to experts, the six behaviours listed are "relationship red flags" and can be signs of an unhealthy relationship that may lead to future violence. The six relationship red flags are jealousy, sexual/physical abuse, isolation, coercion, emotional abuse and stalking.

Red flag campaign organizers:
Maryellen Gibson, Student Peer Health Mentor, 403-550-3765
Rita Hanoski, U of S Health Education Co-ordinator, 306-230-6833

What to do if you think you're in an unhealthy relationship:
Terrie Fitzpatrick, manager of Student Counselling Services, 306-261-1406
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