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Knowledge, compassion, and confidentiality

I think that the person who will deal with sexual violence should be knowledgeable about what sexual violence is, and what procedures [to use] to report the sexual violence. And second, that person should have compassion. Like, that - that person should have sympathy with the person who experienced sexual violence. And the last one, I think is that person needs to practice confidentiality well, to keep all information [about] a person involved in the case, confidential.

Recommendations

  • Promote SANE nurses as supporters for victims/survivors. Ideally, this would happen in the context of a formal partnership with SANE nurses, which includes 24/7 availability of SANE nurse services on campus.

  • Use approaches that are trauma informed and survivor-centred.

  • In the policy itself and in materials and presentations promoting the policy, define "confidential" and "anonymous," and explain how these concepts pertain to the policy, university-based sexual assaault services, and the limits on confidentiality and anonymity.