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902-425-0122

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Call the police! Call the embassy!

Facilitator: Participant 1, how do you think your parents would respond to the policy?
Participant 1: They wouldn't listen. They would tell me, "Call the police! Call the embassy!" They will tell me, "Call all these people at once!" I would have, like, three phones, like, "Hey, you all listen, cause I'm only going to say this story once."

Recommendations

  • Consider how a student's identities might affect their expectations and concerns when accessing supports following a sexual assault, or when involved in a sexual assault investigation.

  • Emphasize the victim's right to decide whether they would like to report the incident after they have disclosed it to the university. Ensure the victim is aware of the formal and informal routes for reporting, including the option of reporting to the police. Clearly communicate any limits to confidentiality.

  • When responding to a disclosure or report of sexual violence, highlight that students have the choice to involve support people of their choice, including friends or family members. Offer to reach out to support people if the student prefers. This applies to the victim/survivor or complainant and respondent.