About our Centre

The U of A Sexual Assault Centre (UASAC) provides drop-in crisis intervention support to survivors of sexual violence and their supporters, as well as comprehensive educational workshops for the campus community. We actively work towards creating a campus community free of sexual violence and operate from a feminist, anti-oppressive, intersectional, trauma-informed, and person-centred framework. Keeping that in mind, it is important for us to recognize our Centre’s ongoing occupation of ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, or Amiskwaciwâskahikan (Edmonton), Treaty 6 territory and the ancestral home of the Papaschase Cree. We understand that our participation in this colonial project complicates our relationship to anti-sexual violence prevention and education work, as the mere existence of our service is dependent on the continued disregard for Indigenous sovereignty. Acknowledging this complicated relationship is only the beginning of our work; we are committed to unpacking and understanding the responsibility we have to each other and to this land.

Confidentiality at the centre

Privacy and confidentiality are essential for creating an environment where those who have experienced sexual violence feel safe in disclosing their experience and seeking support. The privacy and confidentiality of those involved in a disclosure of sexual violence will be protected. However, it is important to note that there may be limits to the University’s ability to do so. For example, when there is a likely risk of harm to self or others, or reporting or action is required or authorized by law. Whether or not the University can maintain the privacy and confidentiality of a disclosure will be determined on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with relevant University officials, and with the utmost care for the individual who has experienced sexual violence.

If you are a person seeking support, please consider the following before emailing personally identifying and/or confidential information. When communicating with any health and wellness professional by email, you are consenting to associated email risks. Although every effort is taken to keep email confidential, email cannot guarantee security, as rare breaches of privacy could potentially occur.