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Seek help and support after experiencing sexual violence

If you have experienced sexual violence seek help and support.

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The pages above are condensed versions of the full Procedures Related to the Sexual Assault Prevention Policy

Supports for students

Students who have experienced sexual violence

If you have experienced sexual violence, recently or in the past, reach out to the Student Affairs and Outreach team. A team of Registered Social Workers who are here to help & support you.

Staff at Student Affairs and Outreach can listen, provide self-care resources, connect you to services, assist with requests for academic accommodations, help explain and think through various options available to you including:

  • navigate university processes,
  • Usask misconduct complaint process,
  • reporting to Campus Protective Services or 
  • reporting to the local police service.

We can also provide guidance and support for faculty or staff who are supporting a student who has experienced sexual violence.

Supports for employees

Employees who have experienced sexual violence

University of Saskatchewan employees (faculty or staff) who have experienced sexual violence can receive support through the Employment Family Assistance Plan (EFAP). The EFAP program helps employees and their family members by providing them with resources, including confidential counselling, to manage personal and work-life concerns.

There are three ways to access your EFAP resources, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

1. Phone

 306-966-4300 
 1-844-448-7275

Your call will be answered by a highly-trained master’s-level clinician Guidance Consultant who will assess your immediate situation and provide you with the appropriate referral to local counsellors and other professionals who can assist with a wide range of behavioural, legal, financial and work-life concerns.

Because your call will be answered directly by a Guidance Consultant, you may experience a short delay (up to 20 seconds). Please stay on the line, your call will be answered as quickly as possible. 

In-person EFAP counsellors are located at the USask Saskatoon campus as well as in various locations across Saskatoon, Canada and the world.

2. Online

Visit GuidanceResources® Online

  • Username: USaskEFAP (case sensitive)
  • Password: USaskEFAP1 (case sensitive)

This comprehensive, interactive service provides expert content and unique tools to assist you in every aspect of your life, in a secure, easy-to-use, personalized environment.

3. Mobile app

Download the guidanceresources®now app from the Google Play or the App Store.

  • Username: USaskEFAP (case sensitive)
  • Password: USaskEFAP1 (case sensitive)

GuidanceResources® Now enables you to access a broad variety of employee assistance services including help sheets and finding providers via your smartphone.

Seek medical attention

You are encouraged to seek medical attention as soon after the incident as possible

A person who has experienced sexual assault is encouraged to seek medical attention as soon after the incident as possible. A forensic examination which preserves physical evidence of a sexual assault should be done within 72 hours of an assault. If you do not require a forensic examination you can seek medical attention (testing for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and pregnancy prevention) from a doctor, walk-in clinic, emergency room, or the Student Wellness Centre on campus.

Forensic exams are available at all Saskatoon hospitals. For listings of Saskatchewan hospitals, visit the Saskatchewan Health Authority website

  •  City Hospital Emergency Department (9:00am to 8:30pm) Ph: (306) 655-8230 Address: 701 Queen Street
  • Royal University Hospital Emergency Department (24/7) Ph: (306) 655-1000 Address: 103 Hospital Drive
  • St. Paul’s Hospital Emergency Department (24/7) (306) Ph: 655-5113 Address: 1702 – 20th Street (southeast corner of the hospital)

Note: The Student Wellness Centre does not administer forensic examinations

Responding to disclosures of sexual violence

How we respond to disclosures of sexual violence is so important

Victims and survivors of sexual violence often struggle with disclosing their experiences. With this in mind, our responses to disclosures of sexual violence are so important.

We need to ensure victims/survivors of sexual violence do not feel judged, that they feel heard, and are accepted and believed. There isn’t a perfect recipe for supporting someone who has experienced sexual violence. You may feel panicked or that you don’t have the right knowledge or skills to help. But, the victim/survivor trusted you to share. How you respond to the disclosure matters.

  • Remain calm – you may feel shocked, confused or outraged, but expressing these emotions to the victim/survivor may cause confusion or discomfort.
  • Be present, be aware of the space, and your tone of voice.
  • Allow for silences. Give the person space and time to share what they are going through.
  • Be “survivor-centered” in your response by focusing on the victim/survivor’s needs and feelings.
  • Allow them to make their own decisions about next steps, and give them time to process the event and options.
  • Do not assume that you know how the victim/survivor is feeling
  • Do not pry for additional details
  • Listen to them
  • Believe them
  • Let them know they are not alone
  • Thank them for trusting you to share

Those who have experienced sexual violence need our compassion and support. Remember these three key phrases. 

  1. I believe you.
  2. It’s not your fault.
  3. How can I help?
Where a student (any Usask student regardless of campus location) has disclosed sexual violence to an Usask are encouraged to contact the Student Affairs and Outreach team who will provide the employee with guidance and support options for the student.

Responsibility of university community members

If you receive a disclose sexual violence

It is the responsibility of all members of the university community who receive a disclosure of sexual violence by a student to provide an offer of assistance to connect the person who has been victimized to a member of the Student Affairs and Outreach team. This team will work to ensure the student receives the necessary information regarding support services, reporting options, and the formal complaint process.

For employees, ensure they are aware of the services provided by the Employee and Family Assistance Plan (EFAP) and Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services (DHPS)

There are situations in which sexual violence is disclosed to a University of Saskatchewan employee in such a manner that the employee is asked by the individual not to share this information with others. In those instances, the employee is asked to seek guidance from university personnel (i.e., Student Affairs and Outreach) for the purpose of providing the necessary supports to the individual who has disclosed, while maintaining the confidentiality requested by the individual who has experienced sexualized violence.

There are situations in which sexual violence is disclosed to a University of Saskatchewan employee whose professional position carries with it a responsibility to maintain confidentiality (e.g., physician, counsellor). In those instances, the employee is asked to follow the professional protocol that governs behaviour and practice under those circumstances and to be aware of university policies and procedures so as to provide this information to the individual who has experienced sexual violence.

We are also aware that those who are responding to disclosures of sexual violence can be personally affected so it’s important for responders to not only support the victim/survivor but to also take care of themselves.

Report an incident

You can choose to report the incident to initiate immediate investigation.

Make a complaint

Formal complaints allow the university to hold students or staff who have committed an offense to account.

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