Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy

HR-13
Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy
DepartmentHuman Resources
Creation DateFebruary 26, 2015
Approval DateMarch 2, 2015
Effective DateMarch 2, 2015

Organizational Scope

This Policy applies to all members of Michener’s community including employees, governors, students, contractors, vendors, suppliers of services, and visitors.

Purpose

All members of Michener’s community have the right to work and study in an environment free from any form of sexual violence. The Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy sets out Michener’s response protocol to sexual violence, including a process to report and investigate complaints of sexual violence that protects and respects the rights of individuals and holds individuals who have committed an act of sexual violence accountable.

Policy

Sexual assault and sexual violence are unacceptable and will not be tolerated. Michener is committed to promoting and maintaining a safe and positive space where members of our community work, learn and express themselves in an environment free from sexual violence. As part of this commitment, Michener has implemented measures aimed at challenging and preventing sexual violence and creating a safe space for anyone in our community who has experienced sexual violence.

In accordance with this policy, Michener will investigate all reported incidents of sexual violence to the best of the administration’s ability and in a manner that ensures due process. Michener also recognizes that sexual violence can occur between individuals regardless of sexual orientation, gender, and gender identity or relationship status as articulated in the Ontario Human Rights Code. As a result, no individual should feel uncomfortable about making a report in good faith about sexual violence that he or she has experienced or witnessed.

Pursuant to the purpose of this policy, Michener is committed to:

  • assisting those who have experienced sexual violence by providing detailed information and support, including provision of and/or referral to counseling and medical care, appropriate academic and other accommodation, that recognizes individuals who experience sexual violence may suffer emotional, academic or other difficulties;
  • ensuring those who disclose they have been sexually assaulted are believed, and their right to dignity and respect is protected throughout the process of disclosure, investigation and institutional response;
  • addressing harmful attitudes and behaviours (e.g. adhering to myths of sexual violence) that reinforce that the person who experienced sexual violence is somehow to blame for what happened;
  • treating individuals who disclose sexual violence with compassion recognizing that they are the final decision-makers about their own best interests;
  • ensuring internal investigation procedures are available in the case of sexual violence, even when the individual chooses not to make a report to the police;
  • engaging in appropriate procedures for investigation and adjudication of a complaint and ensuring fairness and due process;
  • ensuring coordination and communication among the various departments who are most likely to be involved in the response to sexual violence at Michener;
  • engaging in public education and prevention activities;
  • providing information about sexual violence and appropriate education/training on responding to the disclosure of sexual violence to the Michener community;
  • contributing to the creation of an atmosphere in which sexual violence is not tolerated; and,
  • monitoring and updating our policies and protocols to ensure that they remain effective and in line with other existing policies and best practices.

Michener will ensure any investigation conducted to respond to a report or complaint of sexual violence will be conducted in accordance with Michener policies and standards.

Reporting and Responding to Sexual Violence

Any member of the Michener community should immediately report incident(s) where they, witness or have knowledge of sexual violence, or where they have reason to believe that sexual violence has occurred or may occur. Members who have experienced sexual violence are encouraged to come forward to report as soon as they are able to do so. Where Michener becomes aware of incident(s) of sexual violence by a member of the Michener community, or against a member of the Michener community, which occur on or off Michener property and pose a risk to the safety of members of the Michener community, Michener shall take all reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the Michener community.

Any person in a position of authority, including any person directing the activities of others, shall take immediate action that is appropriate in the circumstances to respond to, or to prevent, sexual violence from occurring. If a member of faculty or staff of Michener becomes aware of an allegation of sexual violence against another member of the Michener community, the faculty or staff is required to report the alleged incident to the Manager, Student Success Network, or the Director, Human Resources immediately.

Complaint Process and Investigations

A complaint of sexual assault or any other kind of sexual violence can be filed under this policy by any member of Michener’s community.

As a means of achieving procedural fairness in dealing with all complaints, no sanction and/or disciplinary action will be taken against a person or group without the person or group being given reasonable notice, with full detail of the allegations, and an opportunity to answer to the allegations made against them.

Right to Withdraw a Complaint

While a complainant has the right to withdraw a complaint at any stage of the process, Michener may continue to act on the issue identified in the complaint in order to comply with its obligation under this policy and/or its legal obligations.

Protection from Reprisals, Retaliation or Threats:

It is contrary to this policy for anyone to retaliate, engage in reprisals or threaten to retaliate against a complainant or other individual for:

  • having pursued rights under this policy or the Ontario Human Rights Code;
  • having participated or co-operated in an investigation under this policy or the Ontario Human Rights Code; or
  • having been associated with someone who has pursued their rights under this policy or the Ontario Human Rights Code.

Anyone engaging in such conduct may be subject to sanctions and/or discipline.

Unsubstantiated or Vexatious Complaints

If a person, in good faith, discloses or files a sexual violence complaint that is not supported by evidence gathered during an investigation, the complaint will be dismissed. Disclosures or complaints that are found following investigation to be frivolous, vexatious, or bad faith complaints, that is, made to purposely annoy, embarrass or harm the respondent, may result in sanctions and/or discipline against the complainant.

Confidentiality

The confidentiality of all persons involved in a report of sexual violence must be strictly observed, and Michener will do its’ best to respect the confidentiality of all persons, including the complainant, respondent, and witnesses. However, confidentiality cannot be assured in the following circumstances:

  • an individual is at imminent risk of self-harm;
  • an individual is at imminent risk of harming another; and/or
  • there are reasonable grounds to believe that others in Michener or the wider community may be at risk of harm.

In such circumstances, information would only be shared with necessary services to prevent harm, and the name of the survivor would not be released to the public. If Michener becomes aware of an allegation of sexual violence by a member of the Michener community against another member of the Michener community, Michener may also have an obligation to take steps to ensure that the matter is dealt with in order to comply with Michener’s legal obligation and/or its policies to investigate such allegations. In such cases, certain Michener administrators will be informed about the reported incident on a “need to know” and confidential basis, but not necessarily of the identities of the persons involved.

Definitions:

Sexual assault: A criminal offence under the Criminal Code of Canada. Sexual assault is any type of unwanted sexual act done by one person to another that violates the sexual integrity of the survivor and involves a range of behaviours from any unwanted touching to penetration. Sexual assault is characterized by a broad range of behaviours that involve the use of force, threats, or control towards a person, which makes that person feel uncomfortable, distressed, frightened, threatened, or that is carried out in circumstances in which the person has not freely agreed, consented to, or is incapable of consenting to the activity.

Sexual violence: A broad term that describes any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality. This violence takes different forms including sexual abuse and sexual assault.

Acquaintance sexual assault/violence: Sexual contact that is forced, manipulated, or coerced by a partner, friend or acquaintance.

Age of consent for sexual activity: The age at which a person can legally consent to sexual activity. In Canada, children under 12 can never legally consent to sexual acts. Sixteen is the legal age of consent for sexual acts. There are variations on the age of consent for adolescents who are close in age between the ages of 12 and 16. Twelve and 13 year-olds can consent to have sex with other youth who are less than 2 years older than themselves. Youth who are 14 and 15 years old may consent to sexual involvement that is mutual with a person who is less than 5 years older. Youths 16 and 17 years old may legally consent to sexual acts with someone who is not in a position of trust or authority.

Coercion: In the context of sexual violence, coercion is unreasonable and persistent pressure for sexual activity. Coercion is the use of emotional manipulation, blackmail, threats to family or friends, or the promise of rewards or special treatment, to persuade someone to do something they do not wish to do, such as being sexual or performing particular sexual acts.

Consent: The voluntary agreement to engage in the sexual activity in question. It is the act of willingly agreeing to engage in specific sexual behaviour, and requires that a person is able to freely choose between two options: yes and no. This means that there must be an understandable exchange of affirmative words which indicates a willingness to participate in mutually agreed upon sexual activity. It is also imperative that everyone understands the following:

  • Silence or non-communication must never be interpreted as consent and a person in a state of diminished judgment cannot consent.
  • A person is incapable of giving consent if she/he is asleep, unconscious or otherwise unable to communicate.
  • A person who has been threatened or coerced (i.e. is not agreeing voluntarily) into engaging in the sexual activity is not consenting to it.
  • A person who is drugged is unable to consent.
  • A person is usually unable to give consent when she/he is under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • A person may be unable to give consent if they have a mental disability preventing them from fully understanding the sexual acts.
  • The fact that consent was given in the past to a sexual or dating relationship does not mean that consent is deemed to exist for all future sexual activity.
  • A person can withdraw consent at any time during the course of a sexual encounter.
  • A person is incapable of giving consent to a person in a position of trust, power or authority, such as, a faculty member initiating a relationship with a student who they teach, an administrator in a relationship with anyone who reports to that position.
  • Consent cannot be given on behalf of another person

It is the responsibility of the initiator of sexual activity to obtain clear and affirmative responses at all stages of sexual engagement. It is also the initiator’s responsibility to know if the person they are engaging with sexually is a minor.

Drug-facilitated sexual assault: The use of alcohol and/or drugs (prescription or non-prescription) by a perpetrator to control, overpower or subdue a survivor for purposes of sexual assault.

Stalking: A form of criminal harassment prohibited by the Criminal Code of Canada. It involves behaviours that occur on more than one occasion and which collectively instill fear in the survivor or threaten the survivor/target’s safety or mental health. Stalking can also include threats of harm to the target’s friends and/or family. These behaviours include, but are not limited to non-consensual communications (face to face, phone, email, social media); threatening or obscene gestures; surveillance; sending unsolicited gifts; “creeping” via social media/cyber-stalking; and uttering threats.

Survivor: Some who have experienced sexual violence may choose to identify as a survivor. Individuals might be more familiar with the term “survivor”. We use the term survivor throughout this policy where relevant because some who have experienced sexual assault believe that they have overcome the violent experience do not wish to identify the victimization. It is the prerogative of the person who has experienced these circumstances to determine how they wish to identify.

Reference:

Colleges Ontario, (2015) Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Protocol Template, Toronto, Ontario

Associated Documentation

  • Harassment/Sexual Harassment/Discrimination Policy
  • Workplace Violence Policy
  • Professionalism Policy
  • Michener’s Rights and Responsibilities
  • Ontario Human Rights Code
  • Criminal Code

SEXUAL ASSAULT AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE PROTOCOL

Section 1: Experiencing, Witnessing or Hearing About Sexual Violence

  1. If You Have Experienced Sexual Violence

If you have experienced sexual violence, you can report the incident to the Manager, Student Success Network at 416-596-3141 or the Director, Human Resources at 416-596-3101 ext. 3497. They will assist you by providing the resources and support you need.

Anyone who has experienced sexual violence has the right to:

  • be believed and treated with dignity and respect,
  • be informed about on and off-campus services and resources,
  • decide whether or not to access available services and to choose those services they feel will be most beneficial,
  • decide whether to file a report with local police,
  • have an internal investigation with Michener’s full cooperation,
  • have a safety plan, and
  • have reasonable and necessary actions taken to prevent further unwanted contact with the alleged perpetrator(s).

While it may be difficult to disclose and report incidents of sexual violence, and it is entirely up to you if you choose to report the incident, Michener strongly encourages anyone who has experienced sexual violence to report the incident.

The Manager, Student Success Network or the Director, Human Resources can assist you with filing a complaint. If the alleged perpetrator is another member of the Michener community you may file a complaint under this policy. Also, any individual(s) who has experienced sexual violence may wish to press charges under the Criminal Code and the Manager, Student Success Network or Director, Human Resources can assist you with contacting the local police.

  1. If You Witnessed Sexual Violence

If you witness sexual violence, please call the Manager, Student Success Network at 416-596-3141 or the Director, Human Resources at 416-596-3101 ext. 3497 to report the incident. They will advise you on the resources available to you and provide you with the necessary support to report and document the incident.

  1. If Someone Discloses Allegations of Sexual Violence

A person may choose to confide in a student, faculty member, or staff about an act of sexual violence they have experienced. An individual who has experienced sexual violence may also disclose to staff or faculty members when seeking support and/or academic accommodation. A supportive response involves:

  • listening without judgement and accepting the disclosure as true;
  • communicating that sexual violence is never the responsibility of the survivor;
  • advising the individual about Michener’s Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy, including the ability to report the incident;
  • respecting the individual’s right to choose the services they feel are most appropriate and to decide whether to report the incident to the Police, Manager, Student Success Network, or Director, Human Resources;
  • recognizing that disclosing can be traumatic and an individual’s ability to recall the events may be limited;
  • respecting the individual’s choices as to what and how much they disclose about their experience; and
  • making every effort to respect confidentiality and anonymity.

As indicated in the policy, if faculty or staff of Michener becomes aware of an allegation of sexual violence against another member of the Michener community, the faculty or staff is required to report the alleged incident to the Manager, Student Success Network or Director, Human Resources immediately. If disclosure is made to faculty or staff by a student seeking support or academic accommodation, the faculty or staff should refer the student to the Manager, Student Success Network, and work with the Manager, Student Success Network to ensure that the student receives all necessary academic and other accommodations.

Section 2: How Michener Will Respond to a Report of Sexual Violence?

Where a complaint of sexual violence has been reported to Michener, Michener will exercise care to protect and respect the rights of both the complainant and the respondent. Michener understands that individuals who have been the survivors of sexual violence may wish to control whether and how their experience will be dealt with by the Police and/or Michener and, in most circumstances, the individual will retain this control. However, in certain circumstances, Michener may be required to initiate an internal investigation and/or inform the Police of the need for a criminal investigation, even without the person’s consent, if Michener believes that the safety of other members of the Michener community is at risk. The confidentiality and anonymity of the person(s) affected will be prioritized in these circumstances.

A report of sexual violence may also be referred to the Police, or to other community resources at the complainant’s request, where the person(s) involved are not members of the Michener community or in circumstances where Michener is unable to initiate an internal investigation under this policy.

2.1. Where the Respondent is a Student

Sexual violence is a violation of Michener’s Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and is considered a serious offence that will be addressed in a manner which is consistent with other serious offences. Please see Michener’s Rights and Responsibilities for more details on the sanctions or disciplinary process.

2.2. Where the Respondent is a Member of Faculty or Staff

Allegations against faculty or staff will be addressed in accordance with the procedures set out in this policy, and in any applicable collective agreement, and/or other Michener policies. If the complaint is sustained following an investigation, Michener will decide the appropriate disciplinary actions, up to and including termination of employment, to impose.

2.3. Where the Respondent is not a Student, Faculty or Staff

Contractors, suppliers, or visitors who attend Michener’s campus will be subject to a complaint if they engage in prohibited conduct pursuant to this policy. Where a complaint against the respondent contractor, supplier, or visitor is substantiated, Michener will take appropriate action, including but not limited to penalties, cancellation, or other sanctions, to address the situation.

2.4. Multiple Proceedings

Where criminal and/or civil proceedings are commenced in respect of the allegations of sexual violence, Michener shall conduct its own independent investigation into such allegations, and will make its own determination in accordance with its policies and procedures. Where there is an ongoing criminal investigation, Michener will cooperate with the local police.

2.5. Communicating to Individuals who have Experienced Sexual Violence

Michener will ensure the Manager, Student Success Network and Director, Human Resources are knowledgeable about sexual violence and are responsible for advocacy on campus on behalf of students, faculty, staff, or any other member of the Michener community who have experienced sexual violence. It is understood that Michener may assign and train additional staff or faculty to play a role in communicating this policy, advocating the right to work and study in an environment free of sexual violence, and responding to incidents of sexual violence.

Michener recognizes that sensitive and timely communication with individuals who have experienced sexual violence and their family members (when an individual consents to this communication) is a central part of Michener’s first response to sexual violence. To facilitate this communication, Michener will ensure that the person who has experienced sexual violence and the respondent are provided with reasonable updates about the status of Michener’s investigation of the incident when such investigations are undertaken.

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2.6. Other Resources and Supports Available by Michener

Where a complaint of sexual violence has been reported to Michener, Michener will provide the complaint with the appendices ll and lll resources, both on-campus and off-campus, to assist the complaint.

APPENDIX I

Use of the term “Rape” in the context of Sexual Violence

This policy refers to the offence of sexual assault to align with the current offence contained in the Criminal Code. The word “rape” is no longer used in criminal statutes in Canada.  The term was replaced many years ago to acknowledge that sexual violence is not about sex but is about acts of psychological and physical violence. The term “sexual assault” provides a much broader definition and criminalizes unwanted behaviour such as touching and kissing as well as unwanted oral sex and vaginal and anal intercourse. Although the term no longer has a legal meaning in Canada, the term rape is still commonly used.

DISPELLING THE MYTHS AND MISCONCEPTIONS ABOUT SEXUAL ASSAULT

Myth Fact
It wasn’t rape, so it wasn’t sexual violence. Sexual assault and sexual violence encompasses a broad range of unwanted sexual activity. Any unwanted sexual contact is considered to be sexual violence. A survivor can be severely affected by all forms of sexual violence, including unwanted fondling, rubbing, kissing, or other sexual acts. Many forms of sexual violence involve no physical contact, such as stalking or distributing intimate visual recordings. All of these acts are serious and can be damaging.
Sexual assault can’t happen to me or anyone I know. Sexual assault can and does happen to anyone. People of all socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds are victims of sexual assault, but the vast majority of sexual assaults happen to women and girls. Young women, Aboriginal women and women with disabilities are at greater risk of experiencing sexual assault.
Sexual assault is most often committed by strangers. Someone known to the victim, including acquaintances, dating partners, and common-law or married partners, commit approximately 75 per cent of sexual assaults.
Sexual assault is most likely to happen outside in dark, dangerous places. The majority of sexual assaults happen in private spaces like a residence or private home.
If an individual doesn’t report to the police, it wasn’t sexual assault. Just because a victim doesn’t report the assault doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. Fewer than one in ten victims report the crime to the police.
It’s not a big deal to have sex with someone while they are drunk, stoned or passed out. If a person is unconscious or incapable of consenting due to the use of alcohol or drugs, they cannot legally give consent. Without consent, it is sexual assault.
If the person chose to drink or use drugs, then it isn’t considered sexual assault. This is a prominent misconception about sexual assault. No one can consent while drunk or incapacitated.
If the victim didn’t scream or fight back, it probably wasn’t sexual assault. If the victim does not fight back, the sexual assault is their fault. When an individual is sexually assaulted they may become paralyzed with fear and be unable to fight back. The person may be fearful that if they struggle, the perpetrator will become more violent.
If you didn’t say no, it must be your fault. People who commit sexual assault/abuse are trying to gain power and control over their victim. They want to make it extremely difficult, if not impossible, for their victim to say no. A person does not need to actually say the word “no” to make it clear that they did not want to participate. The focus in consent is on hearing a “yes”.
If a woman isn’t crying or visibly upset, it probably wasn’t a serious sexual assault. Every woman responds to the trauma of sexual assault differently. She may cry or she may be calm. She may be silent or very angry. Her behaviour is not an indicator of her experience. It is important not to judge a woman by how she responds to the assault.
If someone does not have obvious physical injuries, like cuts or bruises, they probably were not sexually assaulted. Lack of physical injury does not mean that a person wasn’t sexually assaulted. An offender may use threats, weapons, or other coercive actions that do not leave physical marks. The person may have been unconscious or been otherwise incapacitated.
If it really happened, the victim would be able to easily recount all the facts in the proper order. Shock, fear, embarrassment and distress can all impair memory. Many survivors attempt to minimize or forget the details of the assault as a way of coping with trauma. Memory loss is common when alcohol and/or drugs are involved.
Individuals lie and make up stories about being sexually assaulted; and most reports of sexual assault turn out to be false. According to Statistics Canada, fewer than one in 10 sexual assault victims report the crime to the police. Approximately 2% of sexual assault reports are false.The number of false reports for sexual assault is very low. Sexual assault carries such a stigma that many people prefer not to report.
Persons with disabilities don’t get sexually assaulted. Individuals with disabilities are at a high risk of experiencing sexual violence or assault. Those who live with activity limitations are over two times more likely to be victims of sexual assault than those who are able-bodied.
A spouse or significant other cannot sexually assault their partner. Sexual assault can occur in a married or other intimate partner relationship. The truth is, sexual assault occurs ANY TIME there is not consent for sexual activity of any kind. Being in a relationship does not exclude the possibility of, or justify, sexual assault. A person has the right to say “no” at ANY point.
People who are sexually assaulted “ask for it” by their provocative behaviour or dress. This statement couldn’t be more hurtful or wrong. Nobody deserves to be sexually assaulted. Someone has deliberately chosen to be violent toward someone else; to not get consent. Nobody asks to be assaulted. Ever. No mode of dress, no amount of alcohol or drugs ingested, no matter what the relationship is between the survivor and the perpetrator or what the survivor’s occupation is, sexual assault is always wrong.
Sexual assault only happens to women Not true. The majority of sexual assaults are committed against women by men, but people of all genders, from all backgrounds have been/can be assaulted.
Sexual abuse of males is rare. According to Statistics Canada, six per cent of males 15 or over reported that they had experienced sexual victimization. Sexual assault/abuse occurs in every economic, ethic, age and social group.
If you got aroused or got an erection or ejaculated you must have enjoyed it. It is normal for your body to react to physical stimulation. Just because you became physically aroused does not mean that you liked it, or wanted it or consented in any way. If you experienced some physical pleasure, this does not take away the fact that sexual abuse happened or the effects or feelings of abuse.

 APPENDIX II

Sexual Assault Centres/ Services (In Close Proximity to Michener)

Female Counsellor Michener
Kim Phillips
On site
Room 522
kphillips@Michener.ca
Fridays 10:30 a.m.– 4:30 p.m.
416-596- 3101 ext.3468
Male Counsellor Michener
Degan Davis
On site
Room 522
ddavis@Michener.ca
Monday 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
416-596-3101 ext. 3468
Male Psychiatrist Michener
Dr. Allan Steingart
On site
Room 522
asteingart@Michener.ca
Monday 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
UofT CAPS Assault Counselling – MRS students only Off site
214 College St, Room 111,
Toronto, Ontario
M5T 2Z9
www.caps.utoronto.ca/Services-Offered/Assault-Counselling.htm
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
416-978-0174
WCH Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre Off site
76 Grenville Street
Main floor
Toronto, ON
M5S 1B2
http://www.womenscollegehospital.ca/programs-and-services/sexual-assault-domestic-violence-care-centre/
Monday to Friday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A nurse is available 24 hours/day for emergency visits
Must present to the walk-in within 30 days of sexual assault or domestic violence
OHIP covered- assessed for services which may include short-term counselling, from 2-20 sessions),
416-323-6040
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre Rape Crisis Line (24 hour service)
Counselling
crisis@trccmwar.ca
Mon-Fri, 9:30am-5pm.
416-597-1171 (24 hour)
Counselling line 416-597-8808

APPENDIX III

Sexual Assault Centres (Ontario)

Region in Ontario

Sexual Assault Centre

24-hr Crisis Line

Office Phone

Algoma (Sault Ste. Marie) Women In Crisis Algoma 1-877-759-1230 705-759-1230
Belleville-Quinte Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte & District 1-877-544-6424 613-967-6300
Brant Sexual Assault Centre of Brant 519-751-3471 519-751-1164
Bruce County Women’s House Serving Bruce and Grey: Sexual Assault Services 1-866-578-5566 519-372-1113
Chatham-Kent Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre 519-354-8688 519-354-8908
Cornwall Sexual Assault Support Services for Women, Cornwall English: 613-932-1603
French: 613-932-1705
613-932-1755
East Algoma (Elliot Lake) Counselling Centre of East Algoma 1-800-721-0077 705-848-2585
Guelph-Wellington Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis 519-836-5710
1-800-265-7233
519-836-1110
Halton (Oakville) Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton 905-875-1555 906-825-3622
Hamilton Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton & Area (SACHA) 905-525-4162 905-525-4573
Kawartha (Peterborough & Area) Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre 705-741-0260 705-748-5901
Kenora Kenora Sexual Assault Centre 807-468-7233
1-800-565-6161
807-468-7958
Kingston Sexual Assault Centre Kingston 613-544-6424
1-877-544-6424
613-545-0762
Waterloo Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region 519-741-8633 519-571-0121
London-Middlesex Sexual Assault Centre London 519-438-2272
1-877-529-2272
519-439-0844
Muskoka Athena’s Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre 705-737-2008
1-800-987-0799
705-737-2884
Niagara Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre 905-682-4584 905-682-7258
Nipissing Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing 705-476-3355 705-840-2403
Oshawa-Durham Oshawa-Durham Rape Crisis Centre 905-668-9200 905-444-9672
Ottawa SASC Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa 613-234-2266 613-725-2160
Ottawa RCC Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre 613-562-2333 613-562-2334
Peel Hope 24/7: Sexual Assault Centre of Peel 1-800-810-0180 905-792-0821
Renfrew Women’s Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County 1-800-663-3060 613-735 – 5551
Sarnia-Lambton Sexual Assault Survivors’ Centre Sarnia-Lambton 519-337-3320 519-337-3154
Sudbury Voices for Women Sudbury 705-523-7100 ext. 2647
Thunder Bay Thunder Bay Sexual Abuse & Sexual Assault Counselling & Crisis Centre 807-344-4502 807-345-0894
Timmins Timmins and Area Women in Crisis 1-877-268-8380 705-268-8381
Toronto Multicultural Women Against Rape/Toronto Rape Crisis Centre (416) 597-8808 416-597-1171
Windsor-Essex Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County 519-253-9667 519-253-3100
York Women’s Support Network of York Region 1-800-263-6734
905-895-7313
905-895-3646

Pour le support francophone aux femmes victimes d’agression sexuelle:
CALACS (Francophone Sexual Assault Centres) in Ontario

Centre Passerelle pour femmes: CALACS du Nord de l’Ontario
www.centrepasserelle.ca
C.P. 849
Timmins (Ontario) P4N 7G7
705 360-5657
Centre francophone d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel d’Ottawa
www.calacs.ca
40, rue Cobourg
Ottawa (Ontario) K1N 8Z6
613 789-8096
calacs@calacs.ca
Centre Novas : Centre francophone d’aide et de lutte contre les agressions à caractère sexuel de Prescott-Russell
www.centrenovas.ca
C.P. 410
Casselman (ON) K0A 1M0
613 764-5700
1 866 772-9922 poste 221
administration@centrenovas.ca
Carrefour des femmes du Sud-Ouest de l’Ontario: CALACS de la région du Sud-Ouest
www.carrefourfemmes.on.ca
Casier Postal 774,
London (ON) N6A 4Y8
519 858-0954
1 888 858-0954
bienvenue@carrefourfemmes.on.ca
Centre Victoria pour femmes
www.centrevictoria.ca
C.P. 308
Sudbury (ON) P3E 4P2
705 670-2517
info@centrevictoria.ca
Centr’Elles, centre des Femmes Francophones du Nord-Ouest de l’Ontario
www.centrelles.com
P.O. Box 26058
Thunder Bay (Ontario) P7B 0B2
807 684-19551
888 415-4156
admin@centrelles.com
Oasis Centre des femmes
www.oasisfemmes.org
465 Yonge Street
PO Box 73022 Wood Street PO
Toronto ON M4Y 2W5
416 591-6565
services@oasisfemmes.org
Colibri – Centre des femmes francophones du comté de Simcoe
www.centrecolibri.ca
80, rue Bradford, bureau 340
Barrie (ON) L4N 6S7
705 797-2060
1 877 797-2050
admin@centrecolibri.ca
Centre de santé communautaire Hamilton/Niagara – Espace entre Elles
www.centredesantecommunautaire.com
1320 rue Barton Est
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Acknowledgements:

A number of resources contributed to the development of this document, including the sexual assault policies and procedures from several colleges and universities in Ontario, notably, Durham College, University of Guelph and Lakehead University, as well as the METRAC discussion paper on sexual assault policies on campuses. The Ontario Women’s Directorate resource, “Developing a Response to Sexual Violence: A Resource Guide for Ontario’s Colleges and Universities” served as a reference and the “Dispelling Myths and Misconceptions About Sexual Assault” chart is based on it. In addition, the Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres provided a list of sexual assault centres in Ontario and their hotline numbers.