If you have been sexually assaulted and are in immediate danger:
All members of Portage College community have a right to work, study and live on campus in an environment that is free from any form of sexual violence. It is absolutely not acceptable to initiate sexual contact with anyone who does not consent. Sexual violence affects people of all ages, sexual orientations, genders and relationship. Watch the following Consent Video - It's as simple as tea.
If you are in immediate danger or need help, call 911.
You can report to the police at any time as there is no time limit for reporting sexual assault in Canada. If you report to the police, you are not required to press charges for a criminal case and they can connect you with other resources and supports.
Reporting sexual assault can help survivors seek justice and begin the healing process.
The only person responsible for committing sexual assault is an offender, but all of us have the ability to look out for each other's safety.
If you think you are witnessing questionable, unacceptable or sexual violence, intervene. You may be able to change the course of events.
Assess the situation
Faculty, staff, other employees, and contractors have a duty to immediately report all incidents and suspected incidents of sexual violence to Human Resources, call 780-623-5747. Employees can access supports and services through Human Resources and LifeWorks. See Portage College Prevention of Sexual Violence B.6.5 Guideline / Procedures.
Students are strongly encouraged to report incidents of sexual violence.
All members of Portage College community who have witnessed sexual violence have a duty to report sexual violence.
What to expect:
Each survivor has their own way of coping. There is no right or wrong way to act when telling what happened. Recognize that relating what happened can be traumatic and the person's ability to recall the events may be limited. The most important thing you can do is listen.
Steps to take:
1. Tell the survivor "I Believe You". Remind them that what happened is not their fault.
2. Make sure they are safe: If they are in immediate danger call 911 or contact Campus Security 780-623-5587.
3. Respect the individual's right to choose the services they feel are most appropriate and to decide whether to report to the police and/or Campus Security.
4. Make every effort to respect confidentiality and anonymity.
If the disclosure is made to an Employee of the College, the employee should refer the student to Counselling Services where the survivor can gain professional help.
If an Employee becomes aware of an allegation of sexual violence against another member of the College, the employee is required to report the alleged incident to Portage College Human Resources immediately by calling 780-623-5747. See Portage College Prevention of Sexual Violence B.6.5 Guidline / Procedures.