I Experienced Sexual Violence

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It is not your fault

If you have experienced sexual violence, know that it is not your fault. We are here for you and can connect you to services, help you think through options, or simply listen. Saint Mary's will support you in whatever you choose to do. You will be believed, you have options, and you are not alone.

If you have experienced sexual violence

Go to a place where you feel safe.

If you feel as though you are in danger, call 911.

  • If you live in Residence, go to a trusted friend or your Residence Assistant.
  • The Loyola Residence desk (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week) is a safe place for any student whether they live on or off-campus.
  • If you live off-campus, go to a trusted friend or relative.

Get medical attention as needed

  • Go to your local hospital emergency room.
  • Or, call the Avalon Sexual Assualt S.A.N.E.Program (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) directly at 902-425-0122.

Explore your options 

It is important to understand the difference between disclosing your experience and reporting it. Disclosing an experience of sexual violence is when you tell someone what happened, and do not want or may not be ready for action to be taken. Reporting takes place when you share your experience and want actions taken either through the university or law enforcement. It is possible to disclose, but delay officially reporting until you are ready.

Confidentiality

Confidentiality is essential in making you feel safe to disclose experiences of sexual violence, and to seek support and accommodations. Before you disclose or report information to someone, you have the right to ask about the level of confidentiality you can expect from them. Learn more about when confidentiality can be revoked.

Healing From Trauma 

Sexual violence can impact you on many levels and you may experience a wide range of feelings. There is no right or wrong way for you to feel or react. There is no timeline for your healing. Your path to healing is decided by you. Learn more about healing from trauma.

 

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