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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 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.

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

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

Sexual harassment is any unwelcome contact of a sexual nature, such as leering, inappropriate sexual language, and demands for sexual activity.

Stalking

Stalking is the act of repeatedly following, watching, harassing or threatening someone.

Consent

Consent is a voluntary, ongoing, active and conscious agreement to engage in the sexual activity in question. 

It's Simple As Tea

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.

Confidential disclosure

To receive help and support without any action being taken by SAIT or the police contact:

To make a formal report

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:

Seek medical attention

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:

Get support

Seek safety

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.

Seek medical attention

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.

Seek counselling and support

You can always reach out to a friend, who can help. SAIT's Student Development and Counselling can also help, along with Calgary Communities Against Sexual Assault at 403.237.5888.

All these parties are committed to supporting you as you go through this process.

Dealing with a past assault affecting you?

Call SAIT Student Development and Counselling services to set up an appointment to talk privately with a counsellor. All conversations are confidential.

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 Student Development 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 at 1.800.663.1142.

SAIT partnerships and campaigns

SAIT partnership with 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.

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

Contact Student Development and Counselling

403.284.7023
AA205, Heritage Hall

Hours of operation

DaysTimes
Monday - Friday 8:30 am - 4:15 pm
Saturday and Sunday Closed
Thursday evening appointments available from October to May
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