Sexualized violence services | Mount Allison

The safety, security, and well-being of those who have experienced sexual violence are fundamental considerations.

At Mount Allison, we are committed to building a safe and inclusive campus community where survivors of sexual violence know they can receive the supports they need.

IMPORTANT: If this is an emergency and/or you have current concerns about your safety or the safety of others, call 911 and notify Campus Security at (506) 364-2228.

Support after experiencing sexual violence

If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, recently or in the past, Mount Allison offers free and confidential services — regardless of whether you choose to make a formal report or not.

Reporting sexual violence

If you choose to disclose and/or file a complaint of sexual violence, you will have access to a range of options and can choose to engage in any, all, or none of them. Guidance and support is available every step of the way.

If you need immediate attention or support

While you can access support, resources, and accommodations through the University, those who have experienced, witnessed, or been impacted by sexual violence and need immediate attention or support should:

Consider whether you need or want medical attention
  • If you are safe and do not need or want medical attention, call South East Sexual Assault Centre or Sexual Violence New Brunswick for support (if you are not in New Brunswick, you can seek support through any local Sexual Violence Support Centre).
  • If you are safe but need medical attention, go to your nearest emergency room.
  • If you are in immediate danger or are seriously injured, call 911.
Consider whether you need or want to report to the police

You do not need to report to the police immediately (or ever).

  • If you would like to report to the police immediately, you can call 911.
  • If you would like to report to the police but do not want to call 911, you can report to a local police station.
  • If you would like to report to the police but need advice/support, call South East Sexual Assault Centre, Sexual Violence New Brunswick, or your local Sexual Violence Support Centre.

Consent Awareness Week — Sept. 19-23, 2022

Mount Allison Sexualized Violence Services is excited to present Consent Awareness Week from September 19-23!

National Consent Awareness Week was established by Possibility Seeds and High School Too as an opportunity to create conversation and change around sexualized violence. The date was chosen because the first six weeks of school are designated the Red Zone, when there is a significant increase in sexual violence on campuses across the country.

In collaboration with Action Now Atlantic we will be sharing online workshops all week in addition to hosting in-person events on campus. 

If you have any questions please contact talexopoulos@mta.ca.

Consent Awareness Week events

ALL WEEK

Community Art Project: Come to the Wellness Centre Foyer to contribute to an exciting community art project taking place across Atlantic Canada!

Seeds of Change-A-Thon: Challenge yourself and your friends to complete the Seeds of Change Training for a chance to win some great Mount A swag! Take a picture of your certificate of completion, post it on Instagram and tag @mounta_svper and you’ll be entered into a giveaway draw. You can also email your certificate to talexopoulos@mta.ca if you don’t have Instagram.

Times in Atlantic Time

MONDAY, SEPT. 19

1 p.m. online: Consent 101 with Emma Duke from The Journey Project
The Journey Project is a collaborative initiative of Public Legal Information Association of Newfoundland and Labrador (PLIAN) and the Newfoundland and Labrador Sexual Assault Crisis and Prevention Centre (NLSACPC). The Journey Project exists to strengthen justice supports for survivors of sexual violence. Please join the Journey Project for a brief overview on consent, where we will discuss the legal definition of consent, age of consent to sexual activity, elements of consent, coercion, and digital consent. We will also explore ethical elements of consent. » Register for Consent 101

TUESDAY, SEPT. 20

Tuesday, September 20 is #WeBelieveYou Day, join students across Canada to raise awareness about sexual and gender-based violence and to show solidarity with survivors.

All day in person: Chalk is Cheap
Take a stroll by the front of the Student Centre for this chalking event to leave a message of love, support, and solidarity to all survivors of sexual violence! If it’s raining, come on inside where we’ll have a bulletin board for designated for messages on the ground floor of the Student Centre (next to the Fitness Centre)!

1 p.m. online: Queering Sex Education with Marlee Liss
Most people's experience of sex ed was limited to putting a banana on a condom and calling it a day. It's all too common to hold shame and confusion around sexuality, which often results in: suppressing desires, violating boundaries, body image issues, internalized or perpetuated homophobia and rape culture. In this workshop Marlee will share her personal journey of healing after sexual violence and coming out as queer, and break down myths like: Can trauma cause queerness? Instead of letting silence and suppression persist around taboo topics, We create a safe and lighthearted environment to break through shame and claim empowerment. Students are supported in owning authentic desire & boundaries, learning consent, unpacking compulsory heterosexuality becoming skillful in building safer, more caring communities. » Register for Queer Sex Education with Marlee Liss

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 21

1 p.m. online: Pleasure is Consent with samantha bitty
Join sexual health and consent educator samantha bitty (she/her) for a discussion and AMA about sexual communication. samantha bitty is a sexual health and consent educator, speaker, certified Emotional Intelligence coach and social change entrepreneur. With humour, empathy and liberation as central to her work, she uses games, drag, and media to push the boundaries of propriety and facilitate entry points into challenging conversations. samantha prioritizes art, aesthetics and accessibility to teach sex-ed that is rooted in pleasure, anti-racism, disability justice, and is affirming to folks across the gender/sexuality spectrum and survivors of gender-based violence. » Register for Pleasure is Consent

7 p.m. online: Anonymous Sex Ed Q&A with Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton
Got any questions about sex? Wondering when to use lube, how to communicate sexual desires, or how orgasms work? Dr. Hamilton is here to help! She’s got answers to questions about anatomy, sex toys, pleasure, and so much more! Dr. Lisa Dawn Hamilton is a sex researcher and sex educator dedicated to sex positive sex education and prevention of sexual violence. She works as an associate professor of Psychology at Mount Allison University, hosts a sex education and research podcast called Do We Know Things?, and runs Sex Ed East, an organization focusing on sex ed for grownups in Atlantic Canada. You can submit any questions to Dr. Hamilton anonymously. » Register for Anonymous Sex Ed

THURSDAY, SEPT. 22

1 p.m. online: Racism and Sexual Violence with Kayla Breelove
Racialization and gender-based violence are deeply intertwined, rooted in prejudice and discrimination, is just a starting point. We want to invite you in a safe space, as we begin to explore the connections between racism and sexual violence, it's historical roots and how it has embodied within our views around sexual violence from a lens of those who have resiliently survived, perpetrators, and also the views of bystanders and the collective. This webinar is to help begin deeper self reflections around gender based violence, racialization and offer insight on resources to guide your healing journey, if these themes have impacted you, while giving some insight for those who are allies. » Register for Racism and Sexual Violence with Kayla Breelove

7 p.m. online: Art of Healing & Community Care
Join us for the Art of Healing & Community Care, a virtual community wellness event and space for poetry, painting, yoga, meditation, and music!
Join some amazing folks who will lead us through five 25 minute sessions (with five minute breaks in between) in these different areas. You are welcome to join however many sessions feel caring to you, and can head in and out at times that work for you! Our hope is to create a restful and regenerative evening that will leave you feeling cared for and connected. » Register for Art of Healing & Community Care

FRIDAY, SEPT. 23

1 p.m. online: Atlantic Canada Youth Roundtable Discussion
For this 1.5 hour youth-led event, join four youth advocates from across Atlantic Canada to discuss sexual violence within post-secondary, gaps and challenges for survivors, advocacy efforts, and opportunities for change within our communities and institutions. The purpose of this event is to amplify the voices of youth advocates, create a cross-provincial conversation, and call on institutions for change. » Register for Atlantic Canada Youth Roundtable Discussion

2:30-3:30 p.m. in person (Gracie’s Café): Take a Break!
Take a few moments before the weekend to grab a beverage and meet the new Sexual Violence Response, Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion Consultant Jade Lister! Student Development Counselors Jess and Renee will also be there so you can ask any questions you have about counselling and upcoming support groups.


What is sexualized violence?

Sexual violence describes a broad range of behaviours and acts. Sexual violence means any sexual act or act targeting a person’s sexuality, gender identity, or gender expression that is committed, threated, or attempted against a person without their consent. It includes:

Sexual assault
  • Touching/groping someone without consent
  • Coercing or physically forcing someone to engage in a sexual act
  • Incapacitating someone with drugs and/or alcohol 
Harassment
  • Unwelcome comments or gestures
  • Unwelcome texts/DMs
  • Unwelcome touching or groping
  • Inappropriate promises of rewards for sexual favours
Stalking
  • Unwanted, repeated surveillance by an individual or group
  • Harassment, intimidation, threats
  • Following someone
  • Monitoring someone’s actions, behaviour, social media
Cyber-bullying
  • Electronic bullying or harassment
  • Posting rumours, threats, sexual remarks
  • Sharing someone’s personal information without their consent
  • Hate speech
Sharing intimate images without consent

Sharing an image of someone without their consent, especially if they are nude or shared the image with the expectation of privacy

Indecent acts/exposure
  • Doing something in a public place like masturbating or having sex without the consent of those around you.
  • Sending intimate images without permission

Sexual violence prevention action plans at Mount Allison

In August 2021, the process for sexual violence prevention and response was updated for students while the University develops and implements a new Sexual Violence and Prevention Policy based on the recommendations of a third-party review and Sexual Violence Prevention Working Group.

Learn more about the University's latest sexual violence prevention action plans.

Questions? Contact Mount Allison's Sexual Violence Response Consultant, Jade Lister, at jlister@mta.ca.