Sexual Violence Prevention, Policy, and Support

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:

  • George Brown College's Sexual Violence Response Advisor, (416) 415-5000 ext. 3450 or email diversity@georgebrown.ca.
  • After hours, contact Public Safety and Security at 416-415-5000 ext. 8000 or dial 0 from any Cisco phone.
  • If you are off campus, you can call 911 for police or medical help.
  • 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.

Review George Brown College’s Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Protocol PDF icon

If you have experienced sexual violence:

  1. Locate a safe space.
  2. Seek emergency help, whether through security, the police, a hospital, etc.
  3. Seek ongoing support from the Sexual Violence Response Advisor, a Counsellor, the Employee Assistance Program (as applicable) and/or supportive friend or family member. View our list for Community Sexual Violence Support Resources or the Sexual Violence Support Resources document PDF icon
  4. Make a safety plan with your support person or emergency services.
  5. 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.
  • Take steps to ensure the survivor’s safety short and long term by assisting them in contacting the resources required, such as public safety and security, or community supports.
  • Contact appropriate support services at George Brown College, such as the Sexual Violence Response Advisor; Public Safety and Security; Counselling Services; First Aid; the Chair / Manager/ Human Resources, as appropriate.
  • 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. PDF icon

Sexual Violence Policy and Prevention Training:

For inquiries about preventative trainings, including Upstander, Consent, and Policies and Protocol, please contact  Sexual Violence Response Advisor, (416) 415-5000 ext. 3450 or diversity@georgebrown.ca. Training is available for groups: students, staff, faculty, departments and divisions.

Provide your feedback:

At George Brown College, we welcome your input. To provide feedback on our Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy and Protocol, please call 416-415-5000 ext. 3450 or complete the following form.

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