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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 report 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)
    902-425-0122/avalonsane@eastlink.ca
  • Emergency 911
  • Saint Mary’s University Security
    902-420-5000
  • Halifax Regional Police
    902-490-5020 (non-emergencies)/www.halifax.ca/Police
  • Avalon Centre
    902-422-4240/www.avaloncentre.ca
  • Saint Mary’s University Student Health Services
    902-496-8778/After hours contact Registered Nurse Manager and Educator at 902-471-8129
  • University’s Counselling Services (confidential counselling for students)
    902-420-5615/www.smu.ca/counselling
  • Shepell FGI (confidential external advice for students)
    1-855-649-8641
  • University’s Employee Assistance Program (confidential external advice for staff)
    1-800-268-5211
  • Employee Assistance Program (confidential external advice for faculty and professional librarians)
    1-800-387-4765
  • Saint Mary’s University Conflict Resolution Office
    902-420-5113
  • Saint Mary’s University Occupational Health and Safety Office
    902-420-5658
  • Halifax Regional Municipality Helpline
    902-421-1188
  • Mental Health Mobile Crisis Intervention
    902-429-8167 (1pm –1am daily)
  • Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service
    902-424-8734
  • Nova Scotia Victim Services
    902-424-8785
  • Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project
    902-444-7887/http://www.nsrap.ca/

 

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) 902-425-0122/avalonsane@eastlink.ca
  • Emergency 911
  • Saint Mary’s University Security 902-420-5000
  • Halifax Regional Police 902-490-5020 (non-emergencies)/www.halifax.ca/Police
  • Avalon Centre 902-422-4240/www.avaloncentre.ca
  • Saint Mary’s University Student Health Services 902-496-8778 or after hours contact Registered Nurse Manager and Educator at 902-471-8129
  • Students can contact the University’s Counselling Services at 902-420-5615 for confidential counselling; www.smu.ca/counselling
  • Students can contact Shepell FGI at 1-855-649-8641 for confidential external advice
  • Staff can contact the University’s Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-268-5211 for confidential external advice.
  • Faculty and Professional Librarians can contact their Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-387-4765 for confidential external advice.
  • Saint Mary’s University Conflict Resolution Office 902-420-5113
  • Saint Mary’s University Occupational Health and Safety Office 902-420-5658
  • Halifax Regional Municipality Helpline 902-421-1188
  • Mental Health Mobile Crisis Intervention 902-429-8167 (1pm –1am daily)
  • Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service 902-424-8734
  • Nova Scotia Victim Services 902-424-8785
  • Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project 902-444-7887/http://www.nsrap.ca/

For more information see the Saint Mary's University Sexual Assault Policy and Procedures document.

Resources for Victims of Sexual Assault

The employees of the University who respond to cases of sexual assault do not disclose the names of any individuals who are involved. Victims are in a safe and supportive enviroment. Your confidentiality is protected.

When appropriate, the first person to become aware of an incident of immediate sexual assault (i.e.: assault having occurred within the past 72 hours) should contact Campus Security at 902-420-5000 and/or contact the 911 service. If the latter, advise Campus Security that 911 has been called.


Support Services & Resources

  • Saint Mary’s University Security 902-420-5000
  • Halifax Regional Police 902-490-5020 (non-emergencies)
  • Avalon Centre 902-422-4240 (day) 902-425-0122 (evenings and weekends)
  • S.A.N.E. (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners Program) 902-425-0122 avalonsane@eastlink.ca
  • Saint Mary’s University Student Health Services 902-496-8778 or after hours contact Jane Collins at 902-471-8129
  • Saint Mary’s University Conflict Resolution Office 902-420-5113
  • University’s Counselling Services at 902-420-5615
  • University’s Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-268-5211 for confidential external advice.
  • Halifax Regional Municipality Helpline 902-421-1188
  • Mental Health Mobile Crisis Intervention 902-429-8167 (1pm – 1am daily)
  • Nova Scotia Public Prosecution Service 902-424-8734
  • Nova Scotia Victim Services 902-424-8785
  • Nova Scotia Rainbow Action Project 902-444-7887