The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

 

When 
Thursday, November 22, 2018
10:00​ -11:30 AM Pacific Time
1:00 - 2:30 PM Eastern Time

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Summary

This webinar will provide an overview of programs and services offered in Manitoba to assist older adults who have experienced sexual assault to navigate the criminal justice system. This webinar is open to anyone who is interested in the topic, and will be particularly relevant for those who work with or provide services to older adults. The webinar will include three parts:

  • Klinic Community Health will provide information about the impacts of sexual assault trauma, and will talk about what services the Sexual Assault Crisis Program can offer to community members healing from sexual assault, and making decisions about what feels like the best fit for an individual.

  • You will hear about a unique victims’ support service which is tailored to the needs of older adults called Older Victim Services (OVS), offered by A & O: Support Services for Older Adults

  • Finally, Manitoba Justice Victim Services will share basic legal information from a Manitoba context, including how the court process works, and information on safety planning.

This presentation will be followed by a 30 minute-long Q&A session.  Audio in English, slides will be available in English and in French.
The webinar will be recorded and shared on this page at a later date.

About The Presenters

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Jerra Fraser is a counsellor, volunteer trainer/supervisor and public education facilitator at Klinic Community Health. She has eight years of experience working with survivors and secondary survivors of sexual assault. In her time at Klinic she has also spent time in the Evolve program supporting survivors of intimate partner violence. Jerra has a bachelor's degree in Women and Gender studies  and a Masters in Counselling Psychology.

 

 

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Katherine Nelson - A & O: Support Services for Older Adults
Katherine Nelson is a Registered Social Worker with A & O: Support Services for Older Adults.  Along with a Bachelor of Social Work degree, Katherine has completed the “Option in Aging” specialization through the University of Manitoba. In her role, Katherine currently works in a number of A & O’s program areas including, including Elder Abuse Prevention Services, Older Victim Services, Counseling, This Full House, and the Safe Suite program. Katherine’s passion, however is in working with older adults who have experienced Elder Abuse and/or Crime Victimization. As such, Katherine is also a trained Protection Order Designate and regularly assists in the development and delivery of workshops, workbooks, videos and manuals on the topics of Elder Abuse and ways that older adults can protect themselves.Presentations in these key areas have also been developed and delivered in partnership with the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week to provide education and information to the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, as well as to newcomers participating in A & O’s Senior Immigrant Settlement Services.

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Amanda Thiessen graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Conflict Resolution. Since graduating, Amanda has dedicated herself to working in social services. She has worked in a number of different capacities, such as working with at risk youth, volunteering for the Klinic Sexual Assault Crisis program, advocating for marginalized women, and counselling and facilitating workshops for women healing from addictions. Amanda has been employed with Manitoba Justice Victim Services in the Domestic Violence Support Services program since 2012. She works with victims of domestic violence by supporting them through the court process. Part of her role involves travelling to Northern Manitoba on a monthly basis to assist with circuit court.

 

The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

 

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When
Friday, May 25,
10:00​ -11:30 AM Pacific Time


Summary

Linda Reimer  (RN, BScN, SANE-A) and Raeann Rideout (Elder Abuse Ontario) will discuss the importance of connecting the sectors of health and justice when responding to the sexual assault of older adults. After a brief overview of the available data regarding the prevalence of this issue in Canada, and explaining why a collaboration between both sectors is crucial, the presenters will 

  • focus on the health care perspective and the role of Forensic Nurses in responding to situations of  sexual assault of older adults.
  • provide practical tools and resources for healthcare providers and senior service providers.

The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

 

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When

Thursday April 19th, 2018

10 AM to 11 AM Pacific Time

Summary
Sexual assault has the lowest conviction rate of any violent crime in Canada.  The recent critical examination of the criminal trial process for sexual assault has tended to focus on younger women victims. However, sexual assault can and does occur at all stages of women’s lives. Prof. Grant and Benedet's work looks at sexual assault against older women with a view to identifying the barriers to effective prosecutions of sexual assault for this group of women. This is part of a larger study examining whether those barriers shift at different stages of the lifespan of complainants.  They set out to compare what we know about sexual assault against older women from the social science literature to the picture painted by 20 years of case law in Canada.

In this webinar Professors Grant and Benedet will begin by providing a brief overview to the law of sexual assault in Canada and an explanation of how the application of those laws raises unique challenges for complainants who are older women. They will briefly review the social science literature and what it tells us about particular ways in which older women are vulnerable to sexual violence. This will be followed by a discussion of what they found in their case law study and how the picture of sexual assault against older women painted by cases that are actually making it to trial is very different from what social scientists are telling us about the actual incidence of sexual violence against older women.  Finally, they will offer tentative explanations for this discrepancy and describe areas for much-needed future research in Canada.

This presentation will be followed by a brief Q & A 

The following is part of our project “Increasing Access to Justice for Older Adult Victims of Sexual Assault: A Capacity Building Approach”, funded by the Justice Canada Victims Fund.
Learn more about this project or consult the full list of resources

 
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When

Tuesday, February 6th, 2018
10 AM Pacific Time

Summary
Sexual violence against older women is increasingly being placed on the research agenda after decades of silence. While the growing body of research on this topic is welcome, it remains an under-researched and difficult to research field. In particular, we know very little about current justice responses to the sexual violence of older women, or the justice ‘needs’ or interests of older women themselves. In this presentation, Bianca Fileborn will  examine recent research on sexual violence against older women and highlight the unique aspects of older women’s experiences. We will consider ‘what we know’ about current criminal justice responses to sexual violence against older women, and examine some of the complexities surrounding access to justice for older women. Finally, we'll ask what justice might ‘look like’ in response to sexual violence against older women, and present an agenda for moving forward towards developing inclusive, victim-centred justice responses.

 

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When
Thursday, October 5, 2017
10 am - 11 am PDT
1 pm - 2 pm EDT

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Summary
Engaging Older Women in your Community is a promising practices tool developed as an outcome of the Older Women’s Dialogue Project (OWDP), a collaborative project between the West Coast Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund (West Coast LEAF) and the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL). The publication is intended to support your agency to anticipate and address structural barriers to the participation of older women in community initiatives aimed at legal and policy change.

The tool includes key questions to explore, tips for enhancing organizational capacity to include older women, and examples from our experience throughout the OWDP. All of the ideas contained in this resource reflect what CCEL and West Coast LEAF learned through working with older women in Vancouver, BC.