Responding to a Disclosure of Sexual Assault

Explore options

Each person has the right to make their own decisions as to what to do next and to have those choices respected. Asking the person what they would like to do can help them re-establish some control after an experience where they had none. If you are U of A faculty or staff supporting an individual, contact the U of A Sexual Assault Centre for consultation and advising around issues related to sexual violence.

Call or visit the U of A Sexual Assault Centre for
  • Anonymous drop-in support for anyone affected by sexual assault or abuse, sexual harassment, relationship violence, or stalking.
  • Detailed exploration of options available, safety planning, strategies for coping, and self-care.
  • Free, comprehensive psychological services for survivors of sexual assault or abuse.
  • Follow-up support and/or accompaniment service for those who seek medical attention, report their experience to law enforcement or U of A Protective Services, or are involved in a campus or judicial complaint process.
  • Advocacy to support students' personal well-being, safety, and academic success.

U of A Sexual Assault Centre | 2-705 SUB | 780-492-9771

Choose to do nothing
Each person will know which, if any, of these options are best for them. The University of Alberta respects each person's right to make their own decisions regarding their personal recovery after sexual assault.
Report
Edmonton Police Services

780-423-4567

University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS)
Education Car Park
780-492-5050

U of A Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights
300 Campus Tower
780-492-7325

To report anonymously through a third-party report, contact the U of A Sexual Assault Centre
2-705 SUB
780-492-9771

Not reporting is a valid option.

Seek medical attention
For general medical treatment, pregnancy, or STI/HIV concerns, consider:

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) nurse
access through Edmonton-area emergency rooms within 7 days of the assault

U of A Health Centre
2-200 SUB
780-492-2612

STI Clinic
11111 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
780-342-2300

personal family physician

For emergency contraception consider:
U of A Heath Centre Pharmacy
1-20 SUB
780-492-2634

any pharmacy

Seek other counselling and support
U of A Counselling and Clinical Services

2-600 SUB
780-492-5205

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE)
Suite 205 - 14964
121A Ave
780-423-4102

24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACE)
780-423-4121

Employee & Family Assistance Program
780-492-2249

Interfaith Chaplains Association
780-492-0339

Talk with a trusted friend, family member, residence staff, or spiritual leader.

Seek supports - Augustana/Camrose

For general medical treatment, pregnancy, or STI/HIV concerns, consider seeing your family doctor, your local hospital, or the following resources in your community:

St. Mary's Hospital
4607 53rd Street
780-679-6100

Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) nurse
access through Edmonton-area emergency rooms within 7 days of the assault

Nurse Navigator - Augustana Campus
Forum L2-144
780-679-1160
780-608-4927
www.camrosepcn.com/contact

Visiting your personal family physician

Counselling/support

Personal Counselling Centre
Forum L2-143/144
augustana.counselling@ualberta.ca

Sexual Assault Centre of Edmonton (SACE)
Suite 205 - 14964 121A Ave
780-423-4102

24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line (SACE)
780-423-4121

Employee & Family Assistance Program
780-492-2249

Pastoral Counselling
Forum L2 - 140/141
780-679-1535

Talk with a trusted friend, family member, residence staff, or spiritual leader.

Communities Against Abuse
access to long-term counselling and five therapists located in Camrose, no fee. Note: crisis counselling is not provided through this service.
4704-55 Street, Stettler
403-742-3558
intake worker: 1-866-807-3558
againstabuse.ca

Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre
access to crisis and short-term counselling, as well as group support to victims of sexual assault; no fee
Forum L2 - 140/141
780-679-153548 Street, Red Deer
403-340-1124; casasc.ca
24/7 text, web chat or call 1-866-956-1099

Report

Camrose Police Service
6220 48th Ave
780-672-8300

University of Alberta Protective Services (UAPS)
Ravine Studio
780-679-1555
780-608-2905 (24 hours)

U of A Office of Safe Disclosure and Human Rights
300 Campus Tower, Edmonton
780-492-7325

To report anonymously through a third party report, contact the U of A Sexual Assault Centre
2-705 SUB Edmonton
780-492-9771

University personnel can be among the most trusted people in a student's life and are often who students confide in after a sexual assault experience. Regardless of whether the experience was recent or historical, it is important that people receive a compassionate and supportive response to their disclosure. The following guidelines can encourage the person to talk about their experience, access supports, and seek justice.

Listen

The act of listening without judgment can help create a safe environment for the person to talk about their experience.

  • Allow the person to share as much or as little as they feel comfortable without interrupting.
  • Avoid asking questions about what happened, especially those that begin with the word "why…" as it forces the person to defend their actions to you.
  • Acknowledge the courage it has taken to talk about it.
  • Be empathetic of the impact it's having on the person and express your care and concern.

Believe

Most people who disclose are worried that they won't be believed or that they will be blamed for what happened to them. Show you believe them by making simple statements such as:

  • "Thank you for telling me "
  • "I'm sorry that happened to you"
  • "I believe you"

Not feeling believed will negatively impact the individual's recovery process. Our role is not to judge - all we need to do is fully support the person.

Ask how you can help

Disclosing a sexual assault is typically only done when assistance is needed to rectify a situation. Simply asking "What can I do to help you?" can open the door to exploring the type of assistance you can provide based on your professional role.


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