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"We are committed to maintaining a healthy and safe learning, living, social, recreational and working environment. This means maintaining a campus free of discrimination and harassment, and striving to foster an atmosphere of healthy attitudes and behaviours towards sexuality, sex and gender roles."
-George Brown College President Anne Sado
What is sexual violence?
Sexual violence is a broad term used to describe any violence, physical or psychological, carried out by sexual means or by targeting sexuality. It includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, degrading sexual imagery or communications and cyber harassment.
You can read George Brown College's Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Protocol for more information.
What can I do about it?
Sexual activity without consent is sexual assault. Here are some points on consent, courtesy the Ontario Women's Directorate:
- Consent is never assumed or implied
- Silence or the absence of "no" is not consent
- Consent cannot be given if a victim is impaired by alcohol or drugs or is unconscious
- Consent cannot be obtained through threats or coercion
- Consent can be revoked at any time
- Consent cannot be obtained if the perpetrator abuses a position of trust, power or authority
If you've experienced sexual violence
Find a trusted friend or colleague or speak with George Brown College's Sexual Violence Response Advisor, (416) 415-5000 ext. 3450 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if someone discloses to you?
- Believe the survivor.
- Take steps to ensure the survivor's safety short and long term by assisting them in contacting the resources required, such as 911, public safety and security, or community supports.
- Refer the survivor to the Sexual Violence Response Advisor (SVRA) and the Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Protocol.
- Accompany the survivor to appropriate resources, e.g. SVRA, Counselling, Union, etc. Report the incident to the SVRA.
- Ensure the survivor gets any emotional and academic support required.
- Respect the choices of the survivor with regards to taking legal action or not.
- Get support for yourself through Employee Assistance Program, Counselling Services, or external resources.
Resources for survivors of sexual assault
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, help is available at George Brown College through the Sexual Violence Response Advisor and the Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights Office.
In case of emergency, contact Public Safety and Security on campus or dial 911 off campus.
Resources at George Brown College:
- Sexual Violence Response Advisor: 416-415-5000, ext. 3450
- Public Safety and Security: 416-415-5000, ext. 8000, 0 from a Cisco phone, text: 416-723-4761
- SafeWalk: 416-415-5000, ext. 2020
- Counselling: 416-415-5000 - St-James ext: 2107; Waterfront ext. 5370; Casa Loma ext. 4585
- Diversity, Equity, and Human Rights Services: 416-415-5000 – St-James ext. 4609 / 4715; Waterfront ext. 5385; Casa Loma ext. 4715
- If you live in residence, you are encouraged to contact your Resident Life Coordinator 416-761-8000. If they are not available, dial 0 from a residence phone and front desk staff will connect you to the right resources.
- Full Time GBC employees may contact the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) directly at
1-800-387-4765. Part time or Partial Load staff are encouraged to contact their direct supervisor and HR for details regarding EAP access.
- How to file a formal complaint at George Brown and how the college responds to incidents of sexual violence
Resources - Off-Campus / Community:
- Emergency: 911
- Toronto Police Services: 416-808-2222
- Good 2 Talk Post-Secondary Helpline (24hrs): 1-866-925-5454
- Women's College Hospital Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre (Nurse available 24hrs): 416-323-6040
- Toronto Rape Crisis Centre / Multicultural Women Against Rape (24hrs)
- Ontario Women's Directorate community resource list
- List of hospitals providing rape kits (collection of legal evidence) and shelters
- Victim Services Toronto (24hrs immediate support after crisis): 416-808-7066
- Assaulted Women's Helpline (24hrs): 416-863-0511
- Draw the Line
- Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse (24hr line): 1-866-887-0015
- It's Never Okay: Ontario's action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment
- We can all help stop sexual violence (Government of Ontario)
- Anishnawbe Health (Indigenous communities): 416-920-2605
- Family Services Toronto / David Kelly Services (counselling and LGBTQ+ services): 416-595-9618
- The 519 (LGBTQ+ counselling and legal services): 416-392-6874
- Sherbourne Health Centre (counselling and medical services, LGBTQ+): 416- 324-4180
- Trans Life Line (24hrs): 877-330-6366
- Youth Line (24hrs LGBTQ+): 1-800-268-9688
- Hassle-Free Clinic (STI testing, list of abortion clinics): 416-922-0566
- Gerstein Centre (24hrs suicide crisis): 416-929-5200
- Distress Line (24hrs): 416-408-4357
- Oasis centre des femmes www.oasisfemmes.org (français) 416-591-6565
- Fem'aide (24hrs français): 1-877-336-2433 / TTY 1-866-860-7082
Draw the Line
The Draw The Line interactive campaign aims to engage people in a dialogue about sexual violence. The campaign challenges common myths about sexual violence and equips bystanders with information on how to intervene safely and effectively.