Coinciding with a number of funding initiatives announced on Monday, the Saskatchewan Government has declared May 11-15 to be Sexual Assault Awareness Week.

In a press release, they announced that they would be providing $1.6 million this year to agencies that are delivering direct support to victims of sexual violence.

Jenn Angus is the Executive Director of the Moose Jaw Transition House. She talked about the commitments made by the province.

"The province is committing to increase sexual violence education, and for us, education is so important for frontline workers to best support survivors as well as manage their own mental health when providing that support. The province will also be doing a province-wide awareness campaign to challenge and change the attitude about sexual violence."

Angus went on to share some sobering stats, and why awareness of sexual assault in the province is so important.

"Saskatchewan sexual assault rates are one of the highest in the country, 104 sexual assaults per 100,000 people. 1 in 3 females will be a victim of sexual violence in their lifetime. In Canada we see over 400,000 assaults each year. This early education, prevention, and awareness that 'you're not alone', those are things that really needed to be spotlighted."

Anyone looking for help can call (306) 693-6511 or text (306) 631-0962. Both lines are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If a phone is not available, you can always stop by the shelter.


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