Sexual Violence Prevention and Education

Sexual Violence Prevention and Education works to build awareness about  sexual violence and gender-based violence on campus and make accessible the supports and services for those who are affected. The Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator provides support to survivors, students, staff and faculty. 

For more information on Sexual Violence Prevention and Education, explore the links below:

Our services are available to all members of the Lakers community, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students, staff, and faculty. Sexual Violence Prevention and Education works to build awareness about sexual violence and gender-based violence on campus and make accessible the supports and services for those affected.

Response and Support

If you have experienced sexual violence, please know that the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator is available to listen, support, and help you navigate the next steps in non-emergency situations. If you feel you are in danger, contact 911.

Prevention, Education and Training

Consent Belongs Here is Nipissing University’s campaign to end sexual violence through education, prevention and outreach. Consent Belongs Here will be organizing events and initiatives on campus focused on sexual violence prevention and education throughout the year.

Community and Referrals

Sexual Violence Prevention and Education provides information and guidance for any community member on the policy, procedures, programs, and referral to campus and community services and resources.

If you are in immediate danger or a life-threatening situation, CALL 911

If you have experienced sexual violence or are supporting someone who has experienced sexual violence, the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator is available to listen, support, and help you navigate the next steps in non-emergency situations.

If you are in immediate danger, contact 911.

Sexual Violence Prevention & Education Coordinator

Office: Student Development & Services, B210
Phone: 705-474-3450 ext. 4075
Email: svsupport@nipissingu.ca

Our services are available to all members of the Lakers community, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students, staff, and faculty.

What you can expect:

When connecting with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator you can expect non-judgemental support to your disclosure and help to navigate the support options available, such as:

  • consider safety measures that may be necessary;
  • refers for medical services, as needed;
  • actively and empathically listen to their needs and concerns without judgement;
  • share reporting options available;
  • clarify commitments to confidentiality and its limits;
  • explain the difference between disclosure and reporting;
  • make a referral to the police, if the individual chooses that option
  • assist with navigating any relevant University systems and procedures;
  • facilitate academic and/or residence accommodations;
  • provide information about and referral to campus and community services; and
  • liaise with relevant partners to ensure coordinated response and support.

Student Counselling Services

Student Counselling Services works to support all students in achieving positive mental and emotional wellness. Click here to view the booklet.

Nipissing University Counselling Services

B210
Office: 705-474-3450 ext. 4507
E-mail: counselling@nipissingu.ca
Website: https://www.nipissingu.ca/departments/student-development-and-services/…

Amelia Rising – Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing

Amelia Rising Sexual Violence Support Centre provides free, completely confidential support for people 12 years of age and older who have experienced sexual or gender-based violence.

Amelia Rising – Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing

101 Worthington St E., Suite 11 (lower level)
North Bay, Ontario, Canada, P1B 1G5
Phone: 705-840-2403
Fax: 705-840-5050
Website: http://www.ameliarising.ca/

North Bay Regional Health Centre – Sexual Assault Treatment Centre

The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Program and Treatment Centre at NBRHC is an individualized service available to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence. The program provides emergency health care and psychosocial support, and follow-up care by specially trained nurses.

North Bay Regional Health Centre – Sexual Assault Treatment Centre

50 College Drive
P.O. Box 2500
North Bay, ON
P1B 5A4
Phone: 705-474-8600 ext. 4478
Website: http://www.nbrhc.on.ca/programs-services/medical-services-2/sexual-assault-treatment-centre/

Helplines and Online Support

Good2Talk (Postsecondary Student Helpline): 1-866-925-5454

Victim Support Line: 1-888-579-2888

Mental Health Helpline (Health Services Information): 1-866-531-2600

Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse: 1-866-887-0015

Assaulted Women’s Helpline: 1-866-863-0511

Talk4Healing (Aboriginal Women’s Helpline): 1-855-554-HEAL (4325)

Police Services

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 Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator is available to chat with you if you would like more information about either of these options or the next steps.

  • North Bay Police Service: 705-472-1234
  • 22 Wing Military Police: 705-494-2188
  • Anishinabek Police Service: 705-472-0270
  • West Nipissing Police Service: 705-753-1234
  • Ontario Provincial Police (OPP): 1-888-310-1122

Disclaimer

Please note that all external links and resources posted on the Consent Belongs Here website are not meant to replace face-to-face consultation with or diagnoses by qualified professionals, nor are they meant to be "online counselling." The listing of external sites does not imply that Nipissing University or its staff endorse all of the information located there. We cannot guarantee that all information on each site is accurate or complete. The resources and guidelines offered on this site are suggestions only, and do not substitute for consultation with a qualified Mental Health or Medical Professional.

By using these external links, you must agree to not hold the websites themselves, their staff or partners, or Nipissing University staff liable, or make any claims of damages of any kind, including claims of damages based on action taken by you related to the information contained on the respective websites.

Your use of these websites constitutes your agreement to the above terms.

Sexual violence is a traumatic experience. While every individual will react differently, the experience can have significant lasting effects and interrupt many aspects of a survivor's life. A supportive and non-judgemental initial response to disclosure can significantly impact the survivor's ability to seek further support.

If there is an imminent risk of harm:

In an emergency on campus (i.e., imminent threat of sexual violence and of harm to a person or sexual violence actually occurring) a call can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year in the following ways:

  • Call 911
  • Call Campus Security 705-498-7244
  • Emergency phones, located inside the Education Centre near the elevators of the H and A wings. These phones are connected directly to Campus Security. All payphones have free access to 911.
  • Emergency phones, located outside the Education Centre and Residence buildings. The blue light can identify these phones and link a caller to an emergency answering service attendant. Simultaneously a call from these phones notifies Campus Security of the call and caller's location. 
  • In-person: Campus Security office, Education Centre B203
  • When a person discloses an incident of sexual violence to Campus Security, Campus Security will inform Student Development and Services that an incident has occurred. 

Sexual Violence Prevention & Education Coordinator

The Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator is available to all members of the University community who may seek support or information related to sexual or gender-based violence. Additionally, the Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Coordinator is available to debrief with and provide support to those who have received a disclosure.

Office: Student Development & Services - B210
Email: svsupport@nipissingu.ca
Phone: 705-474-3450 ext. 4075

Consent Belongs Here is Nipissing University’s campaign to end sexual violence through education, prevention and outreach. The hashtag #nuconsentculture is included as a symbol to start a campus-wide conversation around preventing sexual violence. Consent Belongs Here will be organizing events and initiatives on campus focused on sexual violence prevention and education throughout the year. You can find out what SVPE hosts events by looking for the Consent Belongs Here logo.

Register for any scheduled workshop here

Are you looking for something a little different or personalized training? Email svsupport@nipissingu.ca to let us know what you’d like.

16 Days of Activism

16 Days of Activism

The 16 Days of Activism is an international campaign to challenge gender-based violence. The campaign begins on November 25 with the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and concludes on December 10, International Human Rights Day. In Canada, 16 Days includes the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women on December 6.

Gender-based violence operates on a societal imbalance of power and control based on social constructions of masculinity and femininity, sexual identity and gender. Some groups are disproportionally impacted by gender-based violence, as sexism intersects with other forms of oppression such as racism, colonialism, ableism and transphobia.  In Canada, Indigenous women and girls are disproportionally affected by gender-based violence.

2021 Theme: Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!
This campaign aims to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls worldwide, calling for global action to increase awareness, promote advocacy and create opportunities for discussion on challenges and solutions.

Facts about Gender-Based Violence in Canada

  • Indigenous women and girls are 12 times more likely to be murdered or missing than any other women in Canada and 16 times more likely than Caucasian women. You can access the Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women, Girls and 2-Spirit People (MMIWG2S) report.
  • Lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (LBT) women and gender-diverse and Two-Spirit people encounter discrimination, stigmatization, and traumatic experiences of violence at disproportionately higher rates than their heterosexual and cisgender counterparts. These experiences are motivated by intolerance, fear or hatred of the person’s diversity in attraction, gender identity, and/or gender expression in every social context: homes, schools, communities, religious and spiritual centres, public spaces, and health institutions (Egale Canada, 2016)
  • An Ontario study of gender-diverse and Two-Spirit Indigenous people found that 73% had experienced some form of violence due to transphobia, with 43% having experienced physical and/or sexual violence (Trans Pulse Project, 2013)
  • While people of all genders experience cyberviolence, women and girls are at greater risk of experiencing violence online, especially severe harassment and sexualized abuse. (Canadian Women’s Foundation, 2019)
  • As a result of systemic ableism and socioeconomic marginalization, women with physical and cognitive disabilities experience violence at rates 2-3 times that of women without disabilities (Dawn Canada, 2013)

What can you do to end #genderbasedviolence?

  1. Educate: inform and draw awareness to the issue of gender-based violence. Participate and register for 16 days of Activism related programming.
  2. Engage: facilitate opportunities for diverse participation and dialogue in the community against. gender-based violence. Learn strategies to be an active bystander and support survivors.
  3. Empower: provide tools and resources on activism against gender-based violence in order to further an equitable, just and safe society, locally and abroad

NEW! Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Certificates

Are you interested in learning how to build safer spaces for individuals impacted by gendered and sexual violence? The Sexual Violence Prevention & Education Outreach team offers a series of virtual and in-person workshops that focus on building our awareness and skills to respond to disclosures and build solidarity for survivors. 

Students who complete each of the following workshops will be eligible to receive a Sexual Violence Prevention Certificate

  • Consent+ 
  • Gender 101 
  • Intro to Allyship 

Students who complete the above workshops in addition to the following workshops will be eligible to receive the Advanced Sexual Violence Prevention & Response Certificate

  • BITB (Bringing in the Bystander) 
  • Responding to Disclosures: Sexual Violence Response Training for Students 

Request your certificate here

Workshop Descriptions

All Consent Belongs Here workshops are Record of Student Development (RSD) approved!

Consent+*  

The Consent+ workshop provides participants with knowledge regarding critical terms and concepts related to consent, healthy relationships, understanding empathy, responding to disclosures, and resources on campus and in the community. 

Gender 101*

The Gender 101 workshop introduces participants to concepts about gender roles, identity and expression. Workshop facilitators will connect participants' understanding of gender to gender-based violence and harassment issues in our communities. Students will also gain knowledge about resources on campus and in the community. 

Bringing in the Bystander*

The Bringing in the Bystander workshop focuses on building awareness, responsibility, and action towards preventing interpersonal violence. This workshop prepares participants to recognize the continuum of sexual violence and with strategies for safe and appropriate bystander interventions. Bringing in the Bystander will include discussions of sexual violence, rape culture, and for individuals to reflect on their own experience and behaviour as bystanders. This workshop may evoke strong emotions in some participants. If you would like more information about Bringing in the Bystander, please email svsupport@nipissingu.ca

Intro to Allyship*

Intro to allyship is a one-hour condensed workshop that combines crucial information from Gender 101, Consent+, and Bringing in the Bystander. The workshop facilitator will connect the material to inform the participants about gender-based and sexual violence, effective ways of intervening, and ways to support survivors. In addition to this material, this workshop will introduce the concept of allyship and provide concrete strategies for being an effective ally. 

Online Safety & Digital Consent 

Interested in learning how you can create a consent culture online? Join us for a free session hosted by Amelia Rising on online violence prevention, and digital safety. This jam-packed session will introduce topics related to sexting, revenge porn, social media, online trafficking/ luring, grooming, legal options, your online/ digital rights and responsibilities, and much more! Discussions, participation, and questions encouraged  

Sexual Violence Prevention and Male Allyship

This one-hour workshop is in conjunction with the White Ribbon campaign. In this workshop, participants will unpack the impact of sexual violence in their campus community and the importance of male allyship in preventing and eradicating this form of violence. Attendees will learn skills and knowledge to take action if they witness acts of sexualized violence. 

Sexual Violence Response Training - Students*

This workshop provides participants with interactive and practice-based training on how to respond to a disclosure of sexual violence. This workshop touches on the link between systemic oppression and sexual violence that can impact and create barriers for those impacted by sexual violence. Participants will gain supportive language, resources, and interventions techniques when acting as a prosocial bystander or receiving a disclosure. By the end, participants are equipped with the knowledge, resources, and skills to support survivors when disclosing sexual violence. 

Masculinity Mini-Series 

The Masculinity Miniseries is a 3-part series designed for male individuals to come together to engage in a facilitated conversation about masculinity and today's society. Participants will reflect on their perceptions of masculinity, its influence in everyday life and how society has influenced their understanding of masculinity. The conversation facilitator will help unpack masculinity and redefine it for a way to move forward positively.  

*Credit this workshop towards the Sexual Violence Prevent/Response Certificate(s)

 

Below are links to websites and resources. Please note, we do not own/maintain the information on these external links. These resources are available in print format from the Sexual Violence Prevention & Education Coordinator in office B210.

Looking for more information? Contact the Sexual Violence Prevention & Education Coordinator:
Office: Student Development & Services - B210
Phone: 705-474-3450 ext. 4075
Email: svsupport@nipissingu.ca

Our People

Our services are available to all members of the Lakers community, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students, staff, and faculty.

In-person: 

Office: Student Development & Services, B210

General Inquiries:

Phone: 705-474-3450 ext 4075
Email: svsupport@nipissingu.ca

Training & Workshop Inquires:

Phone: 705-474-3450 ext 4075
Email: consentbelongshere@nipissingu.ca