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As of Friday, June 24, 2016, the Muskoka Campus was closed. All programs have been moved and are now offered at the North Bay Campus. Please direct any inquiries to:
100 College Drive
North Bay, ON P1B 8L7
Tel: 705.474.3450, ext.4200
Toll Free (within Ontario): 800.655.5154
The Concurrent Education program at our Brantford Campus is offered in partnership with Laurier Brantford. Graduates receive an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Society, Culture & Environment from Laurier Brantford and a Bachelor of Education from Nipissing.
Sexual violence is a broad term that describes any violence, physical or psychological, carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality. This violence takes different forms including sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, incest, childhood sexual abuse and rape during armed conflict. It also includes sexual harassment, stalking, indecent or sexualized exposure, degrading sexual imagery, voyeurism, cyber harassment, human trafficking and sexual exploitation.
Sexual assault is any type of unwanted sexual act done by one person to another that violates the sexual integrity of the victim. Sexual assault is characterized by a broad range of behaviours that involve the use of force, threats, or control towards a person, which makes that person feel uncomfortable, distressed, frightened, threatened, carried out in circumstances in which the person has not freely agreed, consented to, or is incapable of consenting to.
Sexual harassment is unwelcome sexual attention directed at an individual by someone whose conduct or comments are, or should reasonably be known to be, offensive, inappropriate, intimidating, hostile, and unwelcome. Sexual harassment often occurs in environments in which sexist or homophobic jokes and materials have been allowed.
See the Glossary for more definitions.
Consent is the voluntary agreement to engage in the sexual activity in question.
Survivors may choose to seek out the services listed below at any time, however immediately after the violence has occurred, they may wish to consider the following steps:
It is your personal decision whether you choose to seek medical assistance, report the sexual violence to the police, or to Nipissing University. If you want to know more about your options, you can call and speak to a mental health professional at Nipissing University, at Crisis Intervention at the Hospital, by calling Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre, or a local Victim Support Line.
You may choose to report the sexual violence to the police. You may choose to do this whether or not you make a complaint with the University against the accused or not. Making a police report does not stop you from also making a complaint at the University against the accused.
The Toronto Police have created A Guide for Sexual Assault Survivors that provides some information that might be helpful in understanding the legal process.
Click here for police contact information in your community.
You may also decide that you want to report the sexual violence to Nipissing University. The following are contacts for filing a complaint:
If you choose to report the sexual violence to the staff at Nipissing University, we will ensure that we help to support each individual by providing information on what options are available to you. Examples of possible options may be filing a complaint under Nipissing University’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities if the accused is a student, or assisting you in reporting the sexual violence to police. Staff can also help in providing you with on-campus mental health support, and information about community supports available to you.
You are entitled to complete medical care regardless of whether you decide to report the sexual violence to the police, or Nipissing University. Getting medical attention will allow medical staff to determine if you require treatment for any injuries, exposure to sexually transmitted infections, as well as provide a screening for pregnancy. You may choose to attend the Emergency Room, your family doctor, the Campus Health Centre, or a Walk-In Clinic.
If you choose to have a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit, you will need to visit the Emergency Room. The purpose of this kit is to collect evidence of a sexual assault. Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners complete this kit with patients, and are on call 24/7. You may choose to complete the kit and report to police, not report to police, or have the kit frozen for up to 3 months. A medical exam can be done up to 7 days following the assault, and the “Plan B” (Morning After) Pill can be taken up to two days following the assault.
» What to Expect When Reporting a Sexual Assault (can provide you with more information on how to prepare for completing the kit, and what to expect)
The following Sexual Assault Centres in your local hospital can provide you with a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit, as well as treatment for injury, sexually transmitted infections, or pregnancy:
There are many options in the Community to receive support. You may choose to access support or campus, or you may prefer to receive support in the community. Whatever you choose, we hope that you will reach out to someone you trust to help you through this time.
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