Sexual Assault Help and Resources
We want our campus community to have the resources needed to recover from sexual assault.
Here are steps to take in dealing with:
A recent assault
If you are in immediate danger or injured, call 911.
Seek safety. If you're on campus, call Security (403.284.8000) and they can escort you to a safe place.
Seek medical attention.
Talk to someone. A friend can help. So can SAIT Student Development and Counselling (403.284.7023) or Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault (403.237.5888).
A past assault that is affecting you
Call SAIT Student Development and Counselling Services to set up an appointment to talk privately with a counsellor. To speak to someone not connected to SAIT, call our partner, Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA). Your conversations are confidential.
If someone confides in you, your role is to listen compassionately, believe them and encourage them to seek support. You may find after hearing someone's story of being assaulted that you wish to talk to a professional counsellor. Contact SAIT Student Develop and Counselling, or an off-campus resource such as CCASA. If you are a SAIT employee, you can talk to someone through the Employee Family Assistance Program.
Reporting an assault
Reporting a sexual assault is always the choice of the person who has been assaulted. You have a variety of different ways to report.
- Call Calgary Police at 403.266.1234 and they will arrange for you to speak to an officer.
- Call the Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team at 403.237.5888.
- SAIT has staff trained in interview techniques designed to help support victims of trauma.
- To make a report to SAIT, complete our incident report form.
If you need medical attention:
- Sheldon M. Chumir Urgent Care Centre (Open 24 hours) - 1213 4 St. SW, Calgary
- Any Alberta Health Services Health Centre or Emergency Department
If you have thoughts about committing sexual assault or have sexually assaulted someone
Don't wait. Take action now if you have sexually abused or sexually assaulted someone or have caused harm to someone through sexually abusive behaviour. Seek help at these organizations:
Calgary Counselling Centre
Calgarycounselling.com and click "Register for counselling" or call 403.691.5991
Carya (formerly Calgary Family Services)
Catholic Family Services
SAIT's stand on sexual assault
SAIT takes sexual violence very seriously.
We know we have an under-reporting of assaults for a community of our size, so one of the outcomes of talking about sexual violence will be a rise in the number of reports made. It is our hope that an increase in reports will mean people are receiving the support they need to cope and recover. SAIT has a policy and a procedure around sexual assault.
SAIT partnership with CCASA
SAIT has a partnership agreement with Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA), subject matter experts in sexual violence counselling and education. SAIT has qualified and compassionate counsellors right on campus, and this partnership offers SAIT access to additional counselling resources, and help with the development of a SAIT policy on sexual violence.
I Believe You campaign
SAIT and the SAIT Students' Association are also committing to prevention of sexual violence through support of the province-wide "I Believe You" campaign. The public awareness campaign is designed to provide education on how to respond to a victim of sexual assault. Experts say a person who hears a positive response from a friend or confidant is more likely to come forward and report the incident.