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Reporting a Sexual Assault

Saint Mary’s University is committed to promoting a safe educational and working environment for its students, faculty, staff and visitors.  Sexual assault will not be tolerated.

Sexual assault is any unwanted act of a sexual nature imposed by one person upon another and includes such activities as kissing, fondling, oral or anal sex, intercourse, or other forms of penetration, without consent. Sexual assault can occur between strangers but it can also occur in a dating relationship or between spouses.

The following procedures are part of Saint Mary's University's Sexual Assault Policy. More information on definitions, commitments, procedures and consequences are available in that document.

Procedures For Responding To Sexual Assault

  • For situations requiring immediate emergency assistance call Campus Security at 902-420-5000 and / or 911
  • For situations requiring immediate medical attention call 911 
  • For situations requiring support for victims / survivors call the Sexual Assault Case Manager at 902-471-8129 and / or S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) directly at 902-425-0122 

More information about the reposnse to a report of a sexual assault appears in the Sexual Assault Policy.


Support Services & Resources

The following are some examples of internal and external supportive services for students, faculty and staff involved in cases of sexual assault.  Victims/survivors of sexual assault can decide whether or not to access available services and to choose the services they feel will be most beneficial to them.

  • S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program)
    Email: avalonsane@eastlink.ca
  • Emergency 911
  • Saint Mary’s University Security
  • Halifax Regional Police
    902-490-5020 (non-emergencies)
    Website: www.halifax.ca/Police
  • Avalon Centre
    Website: www.avaloncentre.ca
  • Saint Mary’s University Student Health Services
    After hours contact Registered Nurse Manager and Educator at 902-471-8129
  • University’s Counselling Services (confidential counselling for students)
    Website: www.smu.ca/counselling
  • Shepell FGI (confidential external advice for students)
  • University’s Employee Assistance Program (confidential external advice for staff)
  • Employee Assistance Program (confidential external advice for faculty and professional librarians)
  • Saint Mary’s University Conflict Resolution Office
  • Saint Mary’s University Occupational Health and Safety Office
  • Halifax Regional Municipality Helpline
  • Mental Health Mobile Crisis Intervention
    902-429-8167 (1pm –1am daily)
  • Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service
  • Nova Scotia Victim Services
  • Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project
    Website: http://www.nsrap.ca/