The University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre provides a safe place on campus where unconditional support, confidentiality, respect, and advocacy are available for those affected by sexual assault, sexual harassment, relationship violence, and stalking. The U of A Sexual Assault Centre strives for a campus community free of sexual violence.
We believe in
- providing a safe place to be heard,
- providing unconditional support for survivors in their choices for recovery,
- respecting each individual's recovery process,
- providing options and information,
- promoting fairness for survivors within the University and Criminal Justice systems, and
- preventing sexual assault through education.
All services are free of charge and are available to people of all genders, sexualities, and backgrounds. Each person's individual recovery process will be respected.
Our Support Services
- Drop-in, telephone or email support for survivors of sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking or relationship violence regardless of gender
- Counselling and psychotherapy appointments with our psychologist for either short or long-term counselling and treatment regarding sexual assault or sexual abuse (whether the experience happened recently or long ago)
- Support and information for partners, friends, family, and concerned individuals who are supporting a survivor of sexual assault
- Advocating for deferrals, extensions, and other academic accommodations to help support student success
- Accompaniment for individuals who choose to seek medical attention or report their experience
- Referrals to on- and off-campus resources
- Resource area for information on sexual assault and related topics
Our Education Program
Education is key to facilitating meaningful change on our campus. We offer free, interactive awareness workshops on sexual assault for all groups in the community, including:
- interactive education presentations on sexual assault (50 or 80 minute sessions),
- bystander intervention workshops,
- sexual assault disclosure workshops, and
- professional and specialty workshops.
Additionally, we run a variety of awareness campaigns throughout the year on sexual assault and topics related including consent, prevention, and supporting survivors.
Our Volunteer Program
We are looking for dedicated, empathetic, and non-judgmental volunteers of all genders who want to make a difference on campus.
- gain skills to help empower survivors;
- experience personal development and growth;
- receive 60 hours of Crisis Intervention Training;
- are involved in public awareness and/or education.