History of the Lloydminster Sexual Assault Response Team
In 2015, Lloydminster was chosen to be 1 out of 5 Alberta communities to receive support from the Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) to develop a Sexual Assault Response Team. AASAS had received funding from the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Health and Status of Women Canada. Over a two year period, the goal was to commit to supporting victims/survivors of sexual assault on their healing journey, to have responding agencies work together better and consistently and to encourage every citizen to become informed and support each other. Partnerships, training and protocols were formed, all with the same intention in mind – to provide a supportive, multidisciplinary service to those impacted by sexual assault.
How the Sexual Assault Response Teams works
- Listens with empathy, care and compassion
- Supports through visit to the Hospital, RCMP or Little Bear Child and Youth Advocacy Centre
- Refers based on needs and requests
- Take a statement from the survivor, possibly meeting again to complete it.
- Provide medical care, which may involve an evidence kit, testing and treatment.
- Provide immediate support and information to individuals who have been sexually assaulted.
- Comprehensive, caring and professional services at the Lloydminster RCMP Detachment, the Little Bear Advocacy Centre or the Lloydminster Hospital based on individual’s needs and requests.
- A collaborative response between the Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre, the Little Bear Advocacy Centre, RCMP, Victim Services and the Lloydminster Hospital.
- Encourage and allow the survivor to make their own choices in their healing journey.
Valued Partners and Supporters
- Lloydminster RCMP
- Lloydminster Hospital – Emergency
- Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre
- Saskatchewan Health – Sexual Health
- Saskatchewan Health – Mental Health and Addiction Services
- Alberta Human Services – Child and Family Services
- Saskatchewan Social Services – Child and Family Services
- Lloydminster Native Friendship Centre
- Midwest Victim Services
- Alberta Justice – Crown Prosecutor’s Office