The Executive Director of the Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre, says sexual assault is a relatively hidden crime.
Faye Davis points out so much stigma is attached that people are afraid to come forward, afraid they will be blamed, and think that maybe they did something to prompt the attack or that other people will think that.
Prominently in the news right now is the Harvey Weinstein case who is the movie mogul facing a flood of sexual harassment allegations. Davis says that public conversation can start some private conversations influencing other survivors in other cases, in addition to easing some of that stigma.
Faye Davis notes that the vast majority of sexual assault victims don't have injuries you can see so that becomes an opportunity not to share the information and in addition the criminal justice process is arduous.
Davis says their organization is there to simply support the survivors and let them know someone is available to listen and will help anyway they can. Davis urges those thinking of reaching out to just give them a call either through their office line (306-244-2294) or their Crisis Line which is staffed 24 hours (306-244-2224)
Friday is the Saskatoon Sexual Assault and Information Centre's only fundraiser of the year. It is the 14th annual Luncheon en Vogue as 10 volunteers from the Saskatoon Police Service take to the runway, modelling clothes from local fashion retailers, in support of the Centre.