SASSL holds a number of events each year aimed at creating spaces of empowerment, education, and community for survivors at York University and the surrounding community.




Yearly Events


HeART has been a SASSL event since 2008. It is our largest event and we usually hold on a yearly basis. HeART is an all arts night that is open submission and often focusing on themes of survivorship and healing. We share art, experience, eat good food, and enjoy community together. Over the years, this event has included work by visual artists, musicians, poets, video artists, and dancers on topics such as racism, colonialism, sexual violence, gender-based violence, gender identity, and citizenship. We have had the pleasure of hosting performers such as d’bi Young, Sun the Real Sun, Leah Lakshmi. HeART usually has a call-out for artists about a month prior to the event. This event is usually held on March.

Self-Defense Classes

SASSL regularly hosts free self-defense classes several times throughout the school year called ‘ACTS OF RESISTANCE’. These classes are generously supported and funded through York University’s Women Safety Committee. They cover a wide variety of physical and verbal self defense techniques, awareness and avoidance of threatening situations. Techniques are designed to be easy to use for all bodies and abilities.These events are open to Women, Trans, Non-Binary, & Two-Spirit people. For further information or inquires, email the Event Coordinator, Monica, at:


SASSL tables on campus throughout the year in  Vari hall, the Student Centre or at orientation events. During tabling, we distribute SASSL educational and promotional materials and resources. We also promote upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

On top of our yearly events, SASSL also hosts Survivor Support Circles, facilitates class talks and workshops on sexual violence, and collaborates in the planning of the Social Work department’s annual ARTivisim Festival.

If you are interested in planning an event with us, contact the Events Coordinator at: