If you have experienced any form of sexual violence, know it is not your fault. You are not alone and there are many supports available and people who can help you.
Here are some first steps that you can take:
This could be on or off campus, and can include the office of a trusted University employee or co-worker, a service centre such as the Student Counselling Centre or Security Services, your residence or a friend’s residence, a hospital or medical centre, or any other space that makes you feel safe and comfortable.
Talking to someone who you know cares about you and whom you trust can be very helpful in meeting your needs and feeling a sense of safety and support.
If you have recentlyexperienced sexual violence, it is very important to consider medical attention.
Even if you don't feel physically injured, a health care provider can assist you in addressing many concerns such as: pregnancy and pregnancy prevention, sexually transmitted infection prevention and treatment, internal and external injuries and appropriate referrals.
It's important to know that certain treatments, such as emergency contraception and certain infection prophylaxis are time limited. The sooner you seek care, the better.
At the University of Manitoba, we strongly recommend that you access the services of the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program [SANE] or Klinic Community Health Centre. These services are comprehensive and specialized in supporting individuals who have experienced sexual assault. This is helpful as your medical, legal and counselling information and options can be provided in one place.
You can also receive medical care at any health facility that you choose, including, University Health Service, a family physician or nurse practitioner, walk in clinic, or hospital emergency room.
There are many different ways you can choose to be supported now, and in the future.
Student Counselling Centre provides both crisis support and trauma counselling to students and is free and confidential. Services are available on both the Fort Garry and Bannatyne Campuses.
Klinic Community Health Centre provides a 24/7 sexual assault crisis line as well as short term counselling based on a client-centred approach. The amount of time that has passed is irrelevant.
Listing of Counselling Services in Manitoba and Winnipeg, including no fee and low fee.
Employee and Family Assistance Program provider with a full range of flexible and confidential services and support, including counselling, for employees of the University of Manitoba and their families. 24/7 crisis counselling support via 1-800-387-4765.
Student Support Case Management provides free resource information, practical supports and safety planning in a confidential manner. Assistance with academic needs such as authorized withdrawals, deferred assignments/exams.
Security Services at the University of Manitoba provides ongoing safety planning on campus (e.g., SafeWalk) as well as acts as a liaison with both internal and external agencies (WPS).
Victim Services provides victims of crime with information about their case at any stage of the investigation and assists with dealing with problems that an individual may encounter as a result of the crime, including emotional support, providing police case information, information about the criminal justice system or referrals.
Student Advocacy is confidential support to help you understand your rights as a student including assistance with making academic requests (e.g., deferrals or withdrawals), filing a complaint or accessing resources.
All the additional supports listed are safe, respectful spaces to disclose sexual assault and get referral information.
Health and Wellness Office provides campus wide and personal education and information on consent and sexual assault. Free information and consultation related to health, wellness and sexual violence resources and how to access, both on and off campus.
Office of Human Rights and Conflict Management: Any person who believes that any member of the University of Manitoba has been subjected to sexual violence in the course of University-related employment, study, training or activities may discuss their concerns or make a complaint.
Indigenous Student Centre provides support and assistance in a manner consistent with the culture and values of Indigenous Peoples, including personal counselling.
Chaplains' Association supports the life of the whole University community with a focus on spiritual/religious needs and values. Services include counselling and spiritual care from a faith perspective.
International Centre provides support for all University students including international students and internationally minded students.
Services for Students at Bannatyne Campus is a one stop shop and centralized source of information about services and programs available to Bannatyne students.
Residence Life Office provides service to all students currently living in residence.
Ongomiizwin Education, located at the Bannatyne campus, is a centre for Indigenous students enrolled in a professional health program within the Rady Faculty of Health Sciences that offers culturally-relevant supports, resources, and programming.
Womyn's Centre is an UMSU service group that is a safe space for all womyn, gender fluid and non-gender conformist individuals.
Rainbow Pride Mosaic is an UMSU service group that is a safe space for all LGBTTQ* students and staff at the U of M.
The University of Manitoba Indigenous Students’ Association (UMISA) is an UMSU service group that is a safe space for all First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students at the U of M.
The Student Accessibility Centre is an UMSU service group that is a safe space for all students who identify as having any accessibility needs.
Ka Ni Kanichihk's Heart Medicine Lodge: Healing from sexual violence and trauma. Heart Medicine Lodge provides culturally based support and advocacy services for Indigenous women and those who identify as women who have experienced sexual assault or sexual violence.Rainbow Resource Centre provides free and accessible counselling services including same day / drop in counselling and short term counselling to the LGBTTQ* community.
We recognize that confidentiality is very important if you decide to come forward to disclose an incident of sexual violence to someone you trust and feel safe with. The University will make every effort to respect the confidentiality of all persons who come forward, protect their anonymity wherever possible, as well as inform you what will be done with the information you share. We also encourage all our community members to do the same.
There are some rare instances where the University may be required to take action without your consent, which can include contacting the police or initiating a University Instituted Investigation.
This would occur in the following situations:
If this happens, you will be notified of the actions of the University and be supported throughout the process, including safety planning. Reasonable efforts will always be taken to preserve your anonymity wherever possible.
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