The SACE Public Education team empowers individuals and communities to take action against sexual violence.
To accomplish this, we deliver presentations, workshops, seminars, and online courses, distribute brochures and educational materials, and attend community events.
By providing information about sexual violence and how it can impact someone who has experienced it, SACE works to counter the normalization of sexual violence in our community, and increase the support available to people who have experienced abuse. The SACE Public Education team also assists organizations in responding to sexual violence through our Institutional Support Program.
How to book
To learn more and to book a presentation with one of our educators, please email the SACE Public Education department.
The best way to prevent sexual violence is to empower communities and individuals with accurate, non-victim blaming information.
Adults Receiving Support from Community Services
Possible topics of interest include: sexual assault information, child sexual abuse information, understanding the experiences of adults who were sexually abused as children, common impacts of trauma related to sexual abuse, and how to support others.
Adults with Developmental Disabilities
SACE facilitators can help give adults with developmental disabilities tools to talk about and identify sexual abuse through discussions about boundaries, healthy and unhealthy relationship behaviours, and how to identify and communicate with those that can provide support.
Community Groups & Programs
Possible topics of interest for adults involved in community groups and programs may include: sexual assault, sexual harassment, sexual abuse as it relates to children and youth, creating safer spaces, and responding to disclosures of sexual abuse.
Caregiver Information Sessions
Information sessions can be tailored for parents and legal guardians of children and youth. Possible topics include child sexual abuse, youth and sexual abuse, youth and consent, non-consensual photo sharing, internet luring, and how to respond to disclosures of sexual abuse from children and youth.
With 1 in 2 girls and 1 in 4 boys in Canada experiencing sexual abuse before the age of 18
SPEAK is an essential program that is being used by an increasing number of organizations and schools to address the issue of child sexual abuse in our community. SPEAK is designed to empower children with knowledge about their feelings and their bodies. SPEAK conveys a powerful message to children about their right to grow up abuse free.
The Safe Preschoolers Education and Awareness Kit (SPEAK) was developed by SACE for use with students ages 3-5. The program is designed to provide both the tools and framework for educators to address the issue of child sexual abuse in their classrooms, and the training program to support those teachers and early childcare workers to deliver it effectively. SPEAK four to six-hour long information sessions are facilitated by the SACE public education team, providing preschool and early elementary professionals with information on child sexual abuse, and teaching them how to use SPEAK with their students. During the information sessions our Public Educators offer detailed information on how to identify indicators of sexual abuse, how to respond to children’s disclosures, and how to report child sexual abuse. Facilitators also provide an information session for parents whose children will be learning the kit in their classrooms.
The contents of SPEAK include 12 concept posters, an instruction manual, parent information, a puppet, coloring posters, and instructional activities. Participants also learn how to integrate the SPEAK kit into their daily learning. The purpose of the kit is to give children the tools they need to understand and communicate experiences of child sexual abuse to trusted adults. For children who do not experience abuse, the tools and general life skills will still be of benefit, as the primary messages taught in the kit focus on communication and the expression of feelings. SPEAK will promote affection and caring, and explain to children how to distinguish a good, caring touch from touches that make them feel uncomfortable. Children are encouraged to trust their feelings and to express their feelings. Building self-esteem in children is one of the best ways to protect them against sexual assault, and is also an effective tool in avoiding post-assault shame and self-blame.