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Sexual Violence Information for University Community Members
Royal Roads University stands united against sexual violence in our university community. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, there are supports and services available to you. This page provides guidance and information for RRU community members who have experienced sexual violence. If you would like to speak to a trained staff member for more information or to access supports, please call the RRU 24 hour Sexual Violence Support Line at 250.391.2600 extension 8514.
What to do right away?
If you have been involved in an incident of sexual violence, we encourage you to consider the following actions as soon as possible after the incident. If you don’t do any of these right away, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get help, but it may be beneficial for you to get immediate medical attention should you decide to report the incident to the Police at any later date.
1. Go to a safe place and seek help.
- Call 911 - you will be asked, “Fire, Police or Ambulance?” right away. You can either answer Police or Ambulance or you can just start to tell the operator what happened and they will help you.
- Call the 24-hour confidential VictimLink BC service at 1.800.563.0808 (phone) or 604.836.6381 (text). If you are outside BC, you can find victim services in your community by searching the Government of Canada’s Victim Services Directory.
- Call the RRU 24 hour Sexual Violence Support Line at 250 391 2600, extension 8514.
- If you are on campus, use an Assistance Pole or any on campus phone to call Campus Security by just dialing 2525. You can reach this number on any other phone by dialing 250.391.2525.
- If you are a university community member other than a student and you are on campus during regular business hours, and you need to go somewhere right away, go to the Human Resources office (Millward building, 3rd floor) and someone will find you a private place to wait while they find you the help you need. You do not have to tell the Human Resources Associate what happened - all you have to do is say that you want to speak to a staff member privately about something that happened to you and they will know to find you a quiet place and someone who can help. You are welcome to bring someone with you as well.
2. Get medical assistance.
- Call 911 - you will be asked, “Fire, Police or Ambulance?” right away. You can either answer “Police” or “Ambulance” or you can just start to tell the operator what happened and they will help you.
- If you are able, go to any hospital emergency department or medical clinic.
- If you are able and are in Victoria, contact the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre’s Crisis and Information Line at 250.383.3232 or go to the Centre at 3060 Cedar Hill Road – unit 300B. The Centre is open during regular business hours but can be accessed after hours by contacting the Crisis and Information Line which is open 24 hours a day.
3. Seek personal support.
- If you are an employee, call 1-800-481-5511 to reach the university’s Employee and Family Assistance Program offered through Walmsley. You can also visit their web site at www.walmsley.ca but you will need to enter the access code available on the RRU Human Resources web site once you have logged in using your RRU username and password - or contact Human Resources at Extension 4385 for assistance with access to these services.
- Contact the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre’s Crisis and Information Line at 250 383 3232
- Call the 24 hour Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1.888.494.3888
4. Write it down.
- If you are able and when you are ready, it is helpful to write down the details of what happened. It doesn’t have to be right away. As difficult as this may be, it may help to express your feelings and it may help you if you decide to report the incident at any time.
- For more information on RRU’s commitment to inform and educate to prevent, and ultimately end, sexual violence, please review the Sexual Violence & Misconduct Policy and accompanying Glossary of Terms.
- For information on how RRU responds to disclosures and reports of sexual violence, please review the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Protocol and Procedures for university community members who are not students.
- To make a formal report of sexual violence to the university so that the university can act on the information provided, please contact Associate Director, Human Resources, Cristal Glass-Painchaud (ext. 4302).
To learn more about what you can do to help prevent sexual violence and how to support survivors, please review the following resource(s):
- Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence. Video-based training from the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children.
- Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence on university and college campuses in Ontario
Prevention and education
We all have a role to play in creating a safe and respectful learning community. Through the Research Universities Council of BC, RRU partnered with five other universities to create educational resources to combat sexual violence in our communities. Find out more about consent, being an active bystander, relationships and boundaries, and how to support a survivor of sexual violence on our Sexual Violence Education website.