Last update: March 21, 2017 by Erin Shaw

A resource for faculty and staff responding to students who disclose that they have been sexually assaulted

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact within or outside a relationship

Sexual assault is a crime and is never the fault of the survivor

Sexual assault affects people of all ages, genders, and sexual orientations

 

What to expect when someone discloses a sexual assault

Survivors of sexual assault will express a range of emotional and physical symptoms. Sexual assault is never the fault of the survivor and each may react differently. Survivors are the experts in determining what steps and supports are best for them.

Your role

Responding to and supporting someone who has been sexually assaulted can be complex but chances are they have come to you because they trust you. Be compassionate, respectful, and supportive. Ensure they can access resources.


How to assist

Step 1: Attend to safety

If someone is in immediate danger or needs urgent medical attention, call Emergency Services: 9.1.1

 

Encourage the student to seek medical care and confirm they have somewhere safe to stay.

 

(SAS) The Sexual Assault Service is available at UBC Hospital Urgent Care Centre every day from 8am-10pm. The SAS provides assessment and treatment of injuries, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy prevention as well as forensic evidence collection and emotional support. A support worker from the Sexual Assault Support Centre can accompany people to the hospital and answer questions they might have about this service. They can also go directly to the Urgent Care Centre. Note that it can take up to 45 minutes for a specialised nurse to arrive.

Students  can also access SAS services at Vancouver General Hospital 24 hours a day. If they wish to access services after 10pm, Campus Security can arrange and provide a coupon for cab service to VGH for student survivors. Travel time is approximately 30 minutes.

Vancouver General Hospital Sexual Assault Service (24-hour Service)

Provides assessment and treatment of injuries, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy prevention as well as forensic evidence collection and emotional support. Campus Security or Student Health Service will arrange and provide a coupon for taxi service to VGH.

Vancouver General Hospital - Jim Pattison Pavilion
899 West 12th Avenue
604.875.2881

Student Health Service

Provides medical services (not including forensic exams) in a caring, safe, and confidential space.

UBC Hospital
2211 Wesbrook Mall, Room M334
604.822.7011

Emergency UBC Student Housing

On-campus emergency housing is available through the Commuter Student Hostel.

Assistant Director - Residence Life
604.827.5724 or 604.822.5412

Director - Residence Life and Administration
604.822.5779

After-hours

Campus Security
604.822.2222

Step 2: Listen and show your support

  • Allow the survivor to lead the conversation.
  • Listen without interrupting. Encourage the survivor to take their time if necessary.
  • Respect the words they use to describe what's happened to them.
  • Believe and support the survivor. Remind them they are not at fault.
  • Encourage the survivor to seek the support they need and allow them to make their own decisions.
  • Ask what you can do to be supportive. Ease any concerns the student might have about academic considerations in the moment.

"I'm here to listen and can help connect you to any supports you feel you need."

"UBC has places you can go to get information or support confidentially."

"Even if you don't know what you want to do right now, it can be helpful to talk to someone about your options."

Step 3: Provide information on resources

Be sure the student is aware of UBC and community support services listed below.

You don't need to know or recommend which service the student might want to follow up with. Simply providing the options supports the student.


Resources for students

AMS Sexual Assault Support Centre (SASC)

Provides information, advocacy, and support with reporting and connection to services.

Nest
6133 University Boulevard, Room 3127
604.827.5180
sasc@ams.ubc.ca

Counselling Services

Provides free one-on-one counselling to support students who have been sexually assaulted and/or impacted by sexual abuse and other forms of sexualized violence.

Brock Hall
1874 East Mall, Room 1040

Lower Mall Research Station
2259 Lower Mall, Room 358

604.822.3811

Student Health Service

Provides medical services (not including forensic exams) in a caring, safe, and confidential space.

UBC Hospital
2211 Wesbrook Mall, Room M334
604.822.7011

24-hour contacts:

Vancouver General Hospital Sexual Assault Service

Provides assessment and treatment of injuries, sexually transmitted infections, and pregnancy prevention as well as forensic evidence collection and emotional support. Campus Security or Student Health Service will arrange and provide a coupon for taxi service to VGH.

Vancouver General Hospital - Jim Pattison Pavilion
899 West 12th Avenue
604.875.2881

VictimLink BC

VictimLink BC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service available across BC and Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It provides information and referral services to all victims of crime and immediate crisis support to victims of family and sexual violence.

1.800.563.0808
TTY: 604.875.0885
Text: 604.836.6381

Women Against Violence Against Women (WAVAW)

Women Against Violence Against Women offers support and a 24/7 crisis line for anyone who has been affected by sexual violence. Staff are also available to accompany the survivor to the Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) Sexual Assault Service if desired.

604.255.6344
Toll free: 1.877.392.7583

Emergency UBC Student Housing

On-campus emergency housing is available through the Commuter Student Hostel.

604.822.5412
604.827.5724
604.822.5779

After-hours

Campus Security
604.822.2222

Student Services Website

The sexual assault page on the Student Services website provides more information and resources for survivors.

 

UBC Campus Security

Provides 24/7 response and assistance with safety planning. Also keeps records of each sexual assault reported to Campus Security. 

604.822.2222


Reporting options

A survivor can report an assault to local law enforcement, the University, neither or both. UBC does not require a survivor to report an assault, and will provide support services and necessary accommodations.

Law Enforcement

Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), UBC Detachment

If the assault took place on campus, it can be reported to the RCMP UBC Detachment.

UBC RCMP
2990 Wesbrook Mall
604.224.1322

Local Police Department

If the assault took place off campus, it can be reported to the police department or law enforcement agency for the district where the assault occurred.

University Processes

Student Code of Conduct

If the assault took place on campus or, in certain circumstances, off campus, and the assault was committed by a UBC student, it can be reported to the Student Conduct Manager or Campus Security under the Student Code of Conduct.

604.822.1602

Equity and Inclusion Office

If the assault was committed by any UBC employee, and it occurred on or, in certain circumstances, off campus, the assault can be brought to the Equity and Inclusion Office, which will work with Human Resources or Faculty Relations and the unit involved on support, reporting, and investigation.

604.822.6353

Assistance with reporting

Student support professionals in the Vice-President, Students office can work with students to put the appropriate supports and accommodations in place, provide information on reporting options, and facilitate the reporting process should a student choose to make a report. Please contact the Vice-President, Students office at 604.827.2565 or email urgent.vps@ubc.ca.


Download a handout of resources

Download a PDF of all resources to share with a student. 

Sexual Assault - Assisting Student Survivors