Sexual violence: Assault, Abuse and Harassment
There are many services and resources on campus and in the community to support survivors of sexual assault, those involved in abusive relationships and those who may be experiencing sexual harassment.
We can help you identify and cope with these issues, regardless of your race, ancestry, place of origin, colour, ethnic origin, citizenship, creed, sex, gender identification, sexual orientation, age, marital status, family status and disability.
November 20, 2014
The following is a statement from Principal Daniel Woolf about a Toronto Star story on sexual assault on Canadian post-secondary campuses:
Like many of you, I was deeply disturbed by today’s Toronto Star story on sexual assault on Canadian post-secondary campuses. I am profoundly sorry that these women went through these ordeals, some of them during their time at Queen’s, and appreciate their bravery in speaking publicly about these events.
While I could not and cannot comment on specific cases involving current or former Queen’s students without their consent because of their right to privacy, I want to make it clear that there is no tolerance for sexual assault in our community, and when it does occur we take it seriously. As principal it is my duty and determination to lead and participate in discussing this issue openly.
Like most universities, we have much work to do in this regard, but we have also made some significant strides. In the last five years Queen’s has enhanced campus resources related to sexual assault in many ways, including increasing our counselling capacity and developing specific training programs for residence dons, orientation leaders, and other student leaders. Almost two years ago we created a Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group, comprised of students, staff and faculty members who are tasked with developing recommendations to enhance programs and initiatives related to sexual assault.
I, and my colleagues at Queen’s, recognize that sexual assault is of serious concern. With that in mind, there are many people on our campus, including a dedicated sexual assault outreach counsellor, who work tirelessly to support survivors and provide education and training related to sexual assault.
That is why I have directed the Working Group to expedite its specific recommendations for the university on enhancing and creating programs and initiatives that address sexual assault. I plan to meet with group members in the next two weeks and will call upon them to make their findings public and available to the Queen’s community by the end of the school year. I will provide updates to the community as we progress.
How to help
You can take action to help prevent sexual violence. Check out our bystander intervention poster for what to do and say if you see a disturbing situation.
Steps to take after a Sexual Assault - Queen's Poster, January 2015 (PDF, 78KB)
- Campus Security and Emergency Services: 613-533-6111 for Queen's 24 hr Emergency Line
- Queen's Health, Counselling and Disability Services: For immediate help, an Urgent Care Clinic and Intake Counsellors are available.
- Outreach Counsellor/Student Life Advisor, JDUC: Hagar Akua Prah specializes in responding to sexual assault, relationship violence, LGBTQ issues and other social identity issues. Call or email her directly to book an appointment at 613 533 6000 ext. 78441 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Queen’s Human Rights Office: 613-533-6886 to talk to an advisor about sexual harassment
- Sexual Health Resource Centre, JDUC Rm 223: 613-533-2959
- AMS Peer Support Centre, JDUC Rm 34. Drop-in peer support every day between 2 -10 pm
- SGPS Student Advisors - Email email@example.com to book an appointment with an SGPS Student Advisor (peer support)
- University Chaplain Kate Johnson, JDUC Rm 142B or 613-533-2186 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Sexual Assault Centre Kingston: 24-hour crisis line at 613-544-6424 or toll-free 877-544-6424.
- Kingston General Hospital (KGH) Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence (SA/DV) Program: Survivors can visit the KGH Emergency Dept. and ask to speak to the SADV nurse or call 613 549-6666 x 4880 24 hr
- KGH: 613 548-3322 24hr
- Frontenac Victim Crisis Assistance and Referral Service (FVCRS): 613 548-4834
- Community Crisis Referral and Information Service: 211
- Interval House Women's Shelter: A safe shelter for abused women and their children. Call the 24-hour crisis line at 613-546-1777 or 1-800-267-9445 (toll free).
- Dawn House Women's Shelter: For homeless women and their children who are seeking housing in Kingston - 613-545-1379.
- Kingston Youth Shelter: Emergency overnight shelter, counselling, and food for youth ages 16-24 - 613-544-3400.
- Ryandale Shelter for the Homeless: Emergency overnight shelter for men and women and their families - 613-548-8466.
Queen's fact sheets and documents
Resources from the Queen's Human Rights Office and HCDS:
- Sexual Harassment:
- Information from Queen's Human Rights Office
- Queen's Harassment/Discrimination Complaint Policy and Procedure, 2000
- On-line Sexual Harassment Training
- Basic knowledge and skills required to prevent and respond to incidents of sexual harassment in academia.
- Sexual Assault:
- What to do if you are Sexually Assaulted, Queen's Brochure, 2014 (PDF)
- Queen's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Working Group
- Interim Sexual Assault Support and Response Protocol, Queen's, December 2014 (PDF, 931KB)
- Working group report, recommendations and draft policy, Queen's, April 2015 (PDF, 2.4 MB)
- Do you know a woman who is being abused? (PDF 390KB), a December 2007 publication of Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO)
- Sexual Assault and Women with Disabilities, from the Disabled Women's Network Ontario, 2003