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 assault.
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.
Over the last 20 years we have welcomed more than 350 student volunteers and staff members from the wide diversity of available York programs, and have created a positive space for one another and the greater student body.