Sexual Violence Information and Resources

Education and Training

One of the many barriers to disclosing or making a complaint of sexual violence is the fear of not being believed. That fear is not unfounded, as misconceptions around sexual violence are prevalent in society.

The goals of education, bystander intervention and other training are to help those who experience sexual violence feel safer in disclosing and/or making a complaint and seeking support; ensure that those who receive disclosures know how to support and refer; allow investigators to use trauma-informed interview techniques in order to get the best information possible from complainants; and ensure that decision-makers in complaint processes are able to appropriately interpret the evidence before them.

For the University Community

The following resources are provided to the U of A community at no cost and provide education and training in the areas of understanding sexual assault, consent, bystander intervention, gender based violence, effects of trauma, and trauma-informed interviewing.

  • Online Resources

    Understanding Sexual Assault video

    How to Respond to a Disclosure of Sexual Assault guide

    "Sex" module on consent and healthy relationships (for all first year student residents)

  • Workshops and In-person Resources

    Working for Change free workshop from the Sexual Assault Centre

    Interactive modules from the Gender Based Violence Prevention Program, available as a comprehensive program of individually as workshops. Modules include:

    Introduction: Role of Athletes/Athletics/Greek Culture in Violence Prevention
    Module 1: Introduction and Critical Thinking of Gender Roles - Thinking outside the box
    Module 2: Gender and Healthy Sexuality; Healthy Relationships
    Module 3: LGBTQ Inclusivity, Safe Spaces, Language
    Module 4: Gender Based Violence Part 1
    Module 5: Gender Based Violence Part 2, Sexual Assault & Consent (Including alcohol and consent)
    Module 6: Alcohol Strategies on Campus
    Module 7: Role of Media

    Email thelanding@su.ualberta.ca to request the program, a module, a combination of modules, or a custom workshop.

    Can I Kiss You? workshop (for all first year students) from Residence Life

    SHARC Week (Sexual Health, Relationships, and Consent) (for all residents every October) from Residence Life

    Sexual Assault Awareness Week (every September and February) from the U of A Sexual Assault Centre

For Individuals More Likely to Receive Disclosures

Some community members may be more likely to receive disclosures, including Resident Assistants, coaches, supervisors, student advisors of all kinds, student leaders, graduate coordinators, student group members, and many others. The following is additional training on receiving disclosures and making appropriate referrals is available.

  • Workshops and In-Person Training Resources

    Sexual Assault Centre workshops, including:

    Student Advisor's Disclosure Training
    Residence Coordinator Disclosure Training
    Workshop for Supporters
    Customized Workshops
    Sexual Assault and Relationships (delivered in the Community Helpers Program)

    Email edcoord@ualberta.ca to request a workshop. 

    Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights training on request for faculties, staff groups, classes, and student groups on:

    Good disclosure practices

    Email osdhr@ualberta.ca to arrange training.

    Training specifically for Resident Advisors include:

    Sexual Assault Response, Prevention, and Responding to Disclosure (e-class and in-person workshop from the Sexual Assault Centre)
    Inclusivity in Residences (offered by ISMSS or the Landing)

Bystander Intervention Training

Bystander intervention is about examining the role we all have in stopping sexual violence. This workshop emphasizes the importance of identifying, assessing, and intervening in situations involving sexual violence that come up in the world around us.

For Investigators and Adjudicators

Anyone investigating or adjudicating complaints of sexual violence should, at a minimum, have appropriate training in:

  1. Understanding sexual assault
  2. The effects of trauma on memory and behaviour
  3. Trauma-informed interviewing
The following are examples of available training.
  • Online Resources

    Understanding Sexual Assault video

    How to Respond to a Disclosure of Sexual Violence guide

    Webinars from End Violence Against Women on the following topics:

    Neurobiology of Sexual Assault (part 1 and 2)
    Effective Report Writing: Using the Language of Nonconsensual Sex
    Successfully Investigating Sexual Assault Against People with Disabilities
    Forensic Experiential Trauma Interview (FETI), Part 1 & 2
    Effective Victim Interviewing

    Online courses from End Violence Against Women on the following subjects:

    Dynamics: What does Sexual Assault Really Look Like?
    Effective Report Writing: Using the Language of Nonconsensual Sex
    Preliminary Investigation: Guidelines for First Responders
    Victim Impact: How do Sexual Assault Victims Respond?
    Interviewing the Victim: Techniques Based on the Realistic Dynamics of Sexual Assault
    False Reports: Moving Beyond the Issue to Successfully Investigate Sexual Assault
    Successfully Investigating Sexual Assault Against People with Disabilities
    Drug and Alcohol Facilitated Sexual Assault

  • Workshops and In-Person Training Resources

    Sexual Assault Centre free workshop:

    Sexual Assault Responder Disclosure Training

    Email edcoord@ualberta.ca to request the workshop.