“Sexual violence means any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity or gender expression, whether the act is physical or psychological in nature, that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person’s consent, and includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation. “ – Bill 132
Sexual violence is never the fault of the person who was assaulted or targeted, a.k.a the survivor. It is the responsibility of the person initiating sexual contact to ensure each time that there is ongoing consent to the sexual activity.
Consent cannot be obtained from a person who is drunk; high; unconscious; coerced; in a relationship with someone with more power than them, such as a boss or teacher; or by a third party.
Help is available at George Brown College. Please contact:
- Heidi Mehta, Sexual Violence Response Advisor, 416-415-5000 ext. 3450 or Heidi.Mehta@georgebrown.ca
- After hours, please contact Public Safety and Security at 416-415-5000 ext. 8000 or dial 0 from any Cisco phone. Off campus, you can call 911 for police or medical help.
- If you live in residence, you can dial 18272 from a residence phone.
Review George Brown College’s Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Protocol
If you have experienced sexual violence:
- Go somewhere safe.
- Get emergency help, whether through security, the police, a hospital, etc.
- Get ongoing support from the Sexual Violence Response Advisor, a Counsellor, EAP, and/or supportive friend or family member. View our list for Community Sexual Violence Support Resources or download the Sexual Violence Support Resources document
- Make a safety plan with your support person or emergency services.
- Take care of yourself through breathing, journaling, doing yoga, colouring, having a bath, sitting in a park, etc.
If someone you know has experienced sexual violence:
- Believe the survivor. Listen non-judgmentally.
- Ensure the survivor’s safety short and long term.
- Contact appropriate support services, such as the Sexual Violence Response Advisor; Public Safety and Security; Counselling, the Chair / Manager/ Human Resources, First Aid, etc.
- Respect the survivor’s choice to go to the police or not.
- Consult our handy one page tip sheet on how to support a survivor .
Provide your feedback:
At George Brown College, we welcome your input. To provide feedback on our Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy, please call 416-415-5000 ext. 3450 or complete the following form.
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