Sexual Assault Resources

 

Get Support

UBC takes these concerns seriously and encourages anyone who discloses or reports sexual assault, sexual harassment or any other form of sexual violence or misconduct to seek support.  While every survivor has different needs, we have excellent support services that can help you at this time. The Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office provides emotional support, confidential information, advocacy and practical assistance through the reporting process. Shilo St. Cyr is the Director of this office and she is a single point of contact that can help explore your options or answer any questions that you may. Please feel free to call Shilo at 250.807.9640. You can also email her directly at: shilo.stcyr@ubc.ca

Staff also have the option to contact EFAP for support.

 

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any unwanted sexual contact within or outside a relationship

Sexual can include anything from unwanted sexual touching to forced sexual intercourse without a person’s consent, and also includes the threat of sexual contact without consent.

Sexual assault affects people of all ages, genders and sexual orientations

Most people know the person who assaulted them. They can be someone the survivor knows a little, such as a first date, or very well, such as a good friend or partner. Sexual assault can involve situations where sexual activity is obtained by someone abusing a position of trust, power or authority. Many people do not tell anyone of their assault, or even realize it was an assault, until months or years later.

Sexual assault is a crime and is never the fault of the survivor

Sexual assault is a crime, whatever the past or present relationship between the people involved (married, living together, dating, friends, acquaintances, strangers). No one has the right to threaten or force another person to have sexual contact. No one has the right to abuse a position of trust, power or authority to get another person to have sex.

Sexual assault is not the survivor’s fault and is a violent crime. What clothes a person wore, where they were, who they were with or whether they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol at the time of their assault is irrelevant. The only person responsible for a sexual assault is the person who commits the crime.

Common reactions

Each survivor of sexual assault has their own personal experience, emotions and ways of coping. There is no right or wrong way for a survivor to feel or react following a sexual assault.

Sexual assault: A few common reactions

  • A change in how the survivor feels about themselves. For example, lowered self-esteem or confidence.
  • A change in how the survivor feels about their body. For example, feeling unclean, detached from their body or wanting to harm their body.
  • Physical symptoms such as headaches, stomach problems or eating and sleeping problems.
  • Emotional symptoms such as mood swings or feelings of loss, grief, anger, rage, irritability or depression.
  • Using alcohol, drugs, food or exercise to cope with intense feelings.
  • Lack of motivation and difficulty concentrating.
  • Problems with sexual intimacy, wanting less or more sex, a change in pleasure, or a change in emotional connection.

If you have been sexually assaulted, where to start:

Ensure your safety  If you or others are in immediate danger, or you fear for your safety, call 911.

Go to a safe space  This may be the home or room of a friend, or any place where you feel physically and emotionally safe.

Share with someone you trust  This is not easy but try talking with someone you trust such as a friend, family member, or colleague.

Seek medical care  You may have no injuries or don’t want to make a report to the police or university but it is important to receive medical attention. If it just happened within the past 7 days you can receive sexual assault care at Kelowna General Hospital and if has been a while since the assault you can reach out to any medical care provider.

Connect with support.  Contact UBC’s sexual violence prevention and response office team, Shilo St. Cyr. You are not alone and they are here for you, and will help you access resources and offer options and help you make decisions about next steps – if and when you choose to.

Who you can notify about the assault

Each person will have unique reasons for choosing whether to report. It’s important to honour your choice regarding what feels manageable for you. Each of the following services supports disclosure of as much information as you are able and comfortable giving while maintaining your privacy.

If you or others are in immediate danger or fear for your safety, or wish to report a crime/assault, call 911.

RCMP Reporting options

If the incident took place on campus and you want to make a police report, you can contact the RCMP.

RCMP, Kelowna detachment

RCMP, Kelowna Detachment
250-762-3300
350 Doyle Ave, Kelowna, BC

Other BC law enforcement agencies

If the incident took place off campus, you can report to the police department or law enforcement agency for the district where the incident occurred.

BC Police Forces

UBC Reporting Options

Reports of sexual assault or misconduct against a member of the UBC community inclusive of students, staff and faculty, can be submitted to the Director of Investigations, who will do an initial review to determine whether the allegations fall within UBC’s jurisdiction to investigate, and if so, will appoint an investigator to investigate or refer the matter to an alternative resolution process.

Anyone directly subjected to sexual assault or misconduct, including an individual who is not a member of the UBC community, can make a report against a member of the UBC Community under Policy 131.

If you wish to submit a report, you can contact Myrna McCallum, Director of Investigations:

Information on getting support or reporting for Okanagan Campus community members is available on the UBC Sexual Violence Prevention and Response web page.

If the incident involves a faculty or staff member, you can also contact the office of the Director of Human Resources at 250-807-8618. Administration 002

Support survivors and help end the violence

Learn more about what you can do to support sexual assault survivors and how you can help end the violence.