Wednesday, March 7, 2018

A value that SACE holds dear is that collaboration with community members is an essential part of encouraging and upholding a culture of consent. Since 2010, SACE has had the privilege of being part of Sexual Assault Voices of Edmonton (SAVE), a non-profit organization comprised of community members, agencies, and police.

SAVE develops collaborative, evidence-based campaigns that place responsibility on perpetrators of sexual assault, raise awareness, challenge myths, and fight victim-blaming. SAVE's inaugural and most well-known campaign, "Don't Be That Guy," (pictured here) was targeted at men between the ages of 18 - 24 and focused on alcohol-facilitated sexual assault. This campaign was informed by local statistics that alcohol is the most commonly used rape drug with 40% of all reported sexual assaults indicating its use, primarily by men as a means to incapacitate women.

As current SAVE Board Members, Stephanie Olsen (Major Initiatives and Strategic Partnerships, SACE) and Sara Cameron (Communications and Development, SACE) continue to be involved in this impactful approach to community engagement in sexual violence prevention.