Background

Over 20 years of survivor support and sexual violence related activism

SASSL was founded in 1995 with the support of the York University administration. The original motivation came from York’s Sexual Harassment Education and Complaint Centre (SHEACC) who realized there was a critical need for emergency support for survivors of sexual violence.

SASSL received funding from groups such as the Campus Safety for Women Grant, the Work Study Program, and the Graduate Assistant Program. Then in 1999, SASSL was elected by York students to receive a $2.10 tuition levy in order to maintain the presence of this important organization on campus. Each year, SASSL continues to apply for funding through York University’s Women and Trans Committee Safety Committee grant.

Over the last 20 years we have welcomed more than 350 student volunteers and staff members with a wide range of academic backgrounds and lived experience. We continue to collaborate with both community and campus organizations to support, empower, and prioritize the needs of survivors.

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