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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 many survivors feel due to myths and misconceptions in our society. We want our campus community to have resources available for survivors to assist them in their recovery from incidents of sexual violence and/or gender-based violence. We also want our campus community to know how to compassionately respond to someone who discloses sexual violence and/or gender-based 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.

Read the policy

Sexual Violence Program Coordinator and Educator

The Sexual Violence Program Coordinator and Educator is the first point of contact on campus for individuals in the campus community (students, staff and faculty) impacted by sexual and gender-based violence. They are available to:

  • receive disclosures and support members of the campus community (students, staff and faculty) impacted by sexual violence
  • help survivors access support for their health and well-being
  • help survivors coordinate academic and/or workplace accommodations and arrangements at SAIT
  • support survivors with navigating their options to make a report to SAIT and/or police services (if they choose to do so)
  • provide education to members of the campus community on consent, gender-based violence, and sexual violence prevention on campus.

Sexual Violence Program Coordinator and Educator

Visit us at

Heritage Hall AA125 or email to book an in-person or virtual/phone appointment.

Office hours:
Mon, Wed, Fri: 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tue, Thu: 1 – 4 pm

svpro@sait.ca

Definitions

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 (either in-person and/or through digital channels).

Stalking is the act of repeatedly following, watching, harassing or threatening someone (either in-person and/or through digital channels).

Consent

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.

Making a disclosure

Making a disclosure is the act of informing a member of the SAIT community about an incident of sexual assault or sexual violence, for the purpose of seeking support. There is no investigation initiated based on a disclosure — and disclosures are confidential — except in limited cases when sharing information is required by provincial and/or federal legislation.

At SAIT, individuals impacted by sexual violence can disclose to:

Individuals who make a disclosure to a staff member at SAIT can expect to be treated with dignity and respect and to be offered appropriate support.

Making a report

Making a report to SAIT is the act of informing a specific office on campus about an incident of sexual violence for the purpose of initiating an investigation. Reporting an incident of sexual violence is always the choice of a person who has been subjected to violence, unless in limited cases where reporting is required under provincial and/or federal legislation.

When a report is made, SAIT will investigate the report to determine if there is a violation of SAIT’s Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and determine sanctions if a finding of responsibility is determined. Investigations will require SAIT to contact and interview the survivor(s), individual(s) alleged to have committed sexual violence, and possible witnesses.

At SAIT, individuals can make reports to:

Individuals who choose to make a report to SAIT can request interim measures during the investigation process, which may include no-contact conditions, spatial restrictions or other measures placed on the individual alleged to have committed sexual violence, to promote a safer campus environment for all parties.

Outside of SAIT, individuals can also 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

Get support

You can always reach out to a trusted friend or family member who may be able to help you and accompany you to appointments as a support person.

The Sexual Violence Program Coordinator and Educator can assist survivors with understanding and navigating all their options for support. They can also help the survivor liaise with their school/department and/or workplace to make arrangements for accommodations or modifications to allow the survivor to be successful at SAIT while focusing on their health, well-being and safety.

Students can make an appointment with SAIT's Student Development and Counselling (403.284.7023) to speak with a trained mental health professional. Employees can access mental health support through the Employee Family Assistance Program at 1.844.671.3327.

Individuals can also connect with:

  • The Alberta One-Line for Sexual Violence: 1.866.403.8000 (9 am – 9 pm daily, call or text)
  • Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault (CCASA): 403.237.5888 (24 hours)
  • Calgary Distress Centre: 403.266.4357 (24 hours)

This option allows you to seek medical attention, collect forensic evidence and have it stored for up to a 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:

  • The Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team (CSART) at the Sheldon Chumir Health Centre: 403.955.6030
  • Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse: 403.237.5888
  • or any Alberta Health Services Emergency Department.

Give support

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 they are ready to seek help, you can provide them with the contact information for the Sexual Violence Program Coordinator and EducatorStudent Development and Counselling and/or the Employee Family Assistance Program (1.844.671.3327), or an off-campus resource such as CCASA.

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.

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