May 21-24 has been proclaimed Sexual Assault Awareness Week in the City of Lloydminster. The goal is to bring awareness to the issue as a human problem, not a gender problem. JESSICA DEMPSEY LLS PHOTO
The City of Lloydminster has proclaimed May 21-25 as Sexual Assault Awareness Week in the city.
“The awareness week is so important for our community to raise the awareness and continue offering the services we do within our community … it is a human issue not a gender issue and that is a huge message, and something we want the community to understand and continue to support,” said Carly Pollard, public education coordinator, Lloydminster Sexual Assault and Information Centre (LSAIC).
Earlier in the month, the LSAIC kicked off the week with Joshua Bell, the defensive back coach and former player of the Calgary Stampeders.
“He has collaborated with our centre to improve and enhance our boys’ programming,” said Pollard.
Bell went out to four of the Lloydminster schools to do presentations on boys self-esteem, anger management, conflict resolution and hopes and dreams.
“He was extremely inspiring to the boys’ in our community,” said Pollard, adding getting Bell to collaborate with LSAIC was very important.
“The greatness behind it is when you are speaking to boys in our community, they want the inspiration from someone who has lived it, who has gone through it. He brought everything we wanted and more to the boys in our community,” said Pollard.
The LSAIC offers many different programs and services within the city, including public education, hospital, RCMP and court accompaniment, individual crisis intervention, mindfully moving programs and more.
To keep up to date with the LSAIC, they can be followed on Facebook or on their website www.lloydminstersexualassault.com.