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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program for the Halifax area:
902-425-0122

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Go to the police

If I have a problem and talk to my family, they will probably say, “Just go to the police, not talking to the sexual violence manager, just go to police." I guess this is because in East Asia, that’s normal style for a sexual violence incident.

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.

  • Deliver accessible education about Canadian sexual assault laws, including how they work, and the ways they tend to fail survivors in practice.

  • 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.