SASSL volunteers and coordinators are trained in a variety of areas to recognize the diversity that shapes everyday life in the GTA. We understand that there are many factors influence people’s lives, choices and identities. SASSL aims to promote equality and create a space where everyone has a voice that is expressed, recognized, and respected equally.
SASSL offers unbiased and nonjudgmental support to survivors of all genders, races, religions, sexual orientations, cultural identities, income-levels and abilities. We recognize that sexual assault is caused by the perpetrators, and that acts of violence are never the fault of the survivor/ victim. We do not question the survivor’s experiences or criticize them for their past or present actions.
SASSL strives to create a space which supports people of all backgrounds, cultures, abilities, genders, sexualities, and perspectives. We work to resist individuals, institutions, that perpetuate oppression. We also recognize that having anti-oppressive services is not an end, but a process that constantly needs to be worked at. Our goal is to continue to move forward as an organization, and open up our services to as many populations as possible.
SASSL acknowledges the imbalance of power between gender in our society, resulting in the fact that the majority of (not all) perpetrators of sexual assault are cisgender men and the majority of (not all) survivors are women, trans and non-binary gender people. We also recognize that within these categories of gender, people who face multiple forms of oppression, such as racism, classism, ableism, transphobia, homophobia, xeonophobia etc. are more likely to be assaulted and face more barriers to services after the fact.