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It’s hard for her to explain to her parents what happened

Participant 1: I would advise [supporters from other cultures] to consider the [victim/survivor's] family backgrounds and their culture. And maybe [...] they could help in talking to their parents too, and help them with the decisions, rather than letting the girl do it alone. It's hard for her to explain to her parents what happened. [...]
Participant 2: So I would probably ask them to, you know, be there for the person emotionally, because people from our community - the victim is less likely to get any support from family. They would probably push them away from even reporting it to anyone, so that is all I can say.

Recommendations

  • Engage in activities to develop cultural responsiveness as it pertains to sexual violence prevention and response. Apply culturally responsive practices in these areas.

  • Develop a one-page document for parents/guardians of students that highlights key policy points and links to sexual assault resources and supports available in Canada.

  • 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.