Sexual Assault and Violence
Sexual assault is one of the most underreported crimes in Canada and research suggests this is due to the shame, guilt and stigma of sexual victimization. We want our campus community to have the resources needed to recover from sexual violence or respond to someone who discloses sexual violence.
You are not alone and we are here to help.
Sexual assault and violence policy
SAIT supports survivors of sexual assault and violence and will hold members who commit the acts of sexual assault and sexual violence accountable in order to protect the health and wellbeing of the SAIT community.
Learn about the rights and responsibilities of all students, faculty and staff.
What is sexual assault and violence?
Sexual assault is a broad term used to describe any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or targeting sexuality or gender.
Sexual assault is any form of unwanted activity of a sexual nature, including kissing, fondling, touching, oral or anal sex, vaginal intercourse or other forms of penetration, that is imposed by one personal act onto another without consent.
Sexual harassment is any unwelcome contact of a sexual nature, such as leering, inappropriate sexual language, and demands for sexual activity.
Stalking is the act of repeatedly following, watching, harassing or threatening someone.
Consent is a voluntary, ongoing, active and conscious agreement to engage in the sexual activity in question.
Consent or a 'yes' that is obtained through pressure, coercion, force, threats or by inducing intoxication impairment or incapacity is not consent. Silence or ambiguity does not mean consent.
There is no consent when:
- it is given by someone else
- the person is unconscious, sleeping, highly intoxicated or high, or lacks the capacity to consent
- it is obtained through the abuse of a position of power, trust or authority
- the person does not indicate "yes", says "no" or implies "no" through words or behaviours
- the person changes their mind and withdraws their consent
Reporting an assault
Reporting a sexual assault is always the choice of the person who has been assaulted, and there are a variety of different ways to report it.
You can make a report to the police by phone or by going to a police station, and they will arrange for you to speak with an officer:
- Calgary Police: 403.266.1234
There is a 'Third Option' — the 'Third Option' allows you to seek medical attention, collect forensic evidence and have it stored for up to one year so that you are able to make the reporting decision that is best for you.
To use this option seek medical attention within 96 hours of assault:
If you are in immediate danger or injured, call 911.
If you're on campus, call Security at 403.284.8000 and they can escort you to a safe place.
Even if you don't think that you have been physically injured, it is still beneficial to access medical services.
The Sheldon Chumir Health Centre provides specialized care to individuals who have been sexually assaulted. The evidence is best collected within 96 hours of an assault.
What do you do if someone confides in you?
If someone confides in you, your role is to believe them, listen compassionately and encourage them to seek support. If they are not ready to seek help, here are some points to consider when providing support:
- support their right to not disclose or report to others and respect their decision.
- respect their privacy and don't share their personal information with others.
- reassure them that they're not alone and this is not their fault.
- let them set the pace and tone of the discussion; avoid probing for more details.
- pay attention to your own self-care and seek support, if needed.
If you are a SAIT employee, you can talk to someone through the Employee Family Assistance Program at 1.844.671.3327.
SAIT partnerships and campaigns
SAIT and CCASA
SAIT has a partnership agreement with Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse (CCASA) 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 helps with the development of a SAIT policy on sexual violence.
I believe you campaign
SAIT and the SAIT Students' Association (SAITSA) are committed to the prevention of sexual violence through the 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.