Sex without consent is always a crime:

Sexual assault is any form of sexual activity that has been forced by one person upon another.

  • The assailant can be anyone: a partner, boyfriend/girlfriend, a doctor, a teacher or a complete stranger.
  • Sexual Assault is about power not passion.
  • It is an act of violence, aggression, power and dominance, unprovoked and often premeditated.
Myths About Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Assault is always committed by a stranger
  • If the victim did not fight back, it was not sexual assault.
  • Agreeing to kiss or participate in foreplay means agreement to have  sexual intercourse.
  • If you let someone buy you dinner or pay for a movie or drinks, you owe that person sex.
  • "I was too drunk to know what I was doing; I can't be found guilty  of sexual assault."
What can I do after a sexual assault?

A sexual assault can be traumatizing physically and emotionally. Responses to a sexual assault vary by individuals according to differing needs, feelings, and concerns. This can involve ensuring one’s physical and medical well-being or wanting to talk with someone who has knowledge and experience dealing with sexual assault issues. It is important to know that it is your choice as to how you respond to a sexual assault and who you choose to tell. Remember that you are NOT at fault. The person who did this to you is at fault. The following options are available if you have been sexually assaulted:

Safety

  • Go to a safe place. This might be the room of a friend, or residence assistant, the home of family, or any place where you can find physical safety and receive emotional support.
  • If you have any immediate security/safety needs or believe there is an ongoing threat to others on campus or in the community you are encouraged to contact:

Acadia Safety and Security Department  (902)585-1103 or use any of the Emergency Phones on campus.

Police/Emergency 911

  • Call 911 for police if you are in immediate danger.
  • Sexual assault is a serious criminal offence and individuals who experience an assault always have the option of reporting the incident to the police.
  • There is no time limit on when you can report a sexual assault to the police. However, the sooner it is made the greater the chances the police will find and preserve evidence linking the accused to the crime. If you decide not to report the sexual assault immediately, you may want to write down what you remember about the assault in as much detail as possible. You will be able to refer to this information if you decide to make a report in the future.
  • What happens if I call the police?  The police will respond, take a statement from you, and proceed to investigate your complaint. They will also take you to the hospital if you want to go. They will refer you to Victims’ Services for additional support.
    • To report a sexual assault to Wolfville RCMP:

Phone: (902)542-3817

After hours: 1-800-803-RCMP (7267)

Medical Attention

  • Seek emergency medical care as soon as possible after a sexual assault if hurt or injured.
  • For emergency medical attention call 911.
  • Medical care providers can offer advice on reporting the incident, address concerns regarding infection, pregnancy, and safety and can help you cope with the complex emotional issues surrounding sexual assault.
  • A complete medical evaluation includes evidence collection, a physical examination, treatment and/or counseling. You do not have to do any part of this evaluation that you do not want to do. Medical related evidence collection may occur up to 120 hours from the assault. If you decide to have a forensic medical exam it is helpful if you do not change clothes, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth until evidence is collected.
How to help someone who has been sexually assaulted
  • Believe. Listen without judgement. You may be the first and only person the victim will tell.
  • Encourage talking but do not pressure the victim to talk. Focus on listening.
  • Do not "take over" for the victim. Offer suggestions but let the victim make decisions.
  • Always respect confidentiality and privacy.
  • Offer to be a support person if the victim decides to go to the police or to another support group.
Acadia University’s Sexual Assault Response Protocol

Sexual assault is a form of sexual harassment and is included in the definition of sexual harassment under the University’s Harassment and Discrimination Policy. Acadia University is committed to promoting and maintaining a respectful work, learning and living environment for all its community members on campus – one that is free of harassment, including all forms of sexual assault.

Acadia University Safety and Security Department and Equity Office will respond to and investigate all complaints of sexual assault confidentially with respect to the wishes of the complainant. Through these offices charges can be processed through the Non-Academic Judicial System or assistance provided in having the matter brought to the police, depending on the wishes of the complainant.

A complaint of sexual assault can be made through Acadia University’s Non-Academic Judicial System. This system will receive complaints and can impose sanctions. If you want to charge someone or have any questions about the Non-Academic Judicial System please contact:

Steve Hassapis, Student Development Coordinator, phone 585-1825 or email steve.hassapis@acadiau.ca

 

Acadia University supports any members of our community who experience sexual assault. Acadia University will work with community agencies in the aftermath of a sexual assault, including but not limited to, local police, hospitals, advocacy groups and counselling.

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