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HELP FOR FACULTY AND STAFF
If you have experienced sexual violence you can get help from SFU’s Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office (SVSPO). You can get help no matter when or where the incident took place.
· If you want to talk to someone about what happened, visit our Contact Us page.
·If you need emergency help, call the police or ambulance at 9-1-1.
The SVSPO is a safe place where you can share your experience without being judged. Our approach is survivor-centred and trauma-informed. Our aim is to empower you to choose what support you need.
If you don’t feel comfortable coming to the office (Diamond Alumni Centre, Burnaby campus), we can meet you somewhere else. We provide support to all campuses and can arrange an appointment anywhere in the Lower Mainland. We help coordinate access to other SFU services to minimize you having to retell your experience.
We provide free and confidential assistance, including:
- Referrals to on and off campus supports and resources as needed
- Personalized safety planning
- Information on confidentiality
- Information on reporting options available to you, and assistance with accessing these options
- Assistance in navigating court processes
- Help navigating court processes, if needed
- Transportation to the hospital, police or other emergency services
- Streamlined assistance with workplace or other accommodations at SFU
GETTING MEDICAL HELP
For information about sexual health clinics off campus, or external counselling services, contact the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office to learn more. Clinics generally offer services that include:
- Pregnancy tests
- Tests and treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Emergency contraception (“morning after” pills, Plan B, or Copper IUD)
IF YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE A FORENSIC EXAM
If you have experienced sexual assault, you may wish to have a forensic exam. This exam can allow for the collection of DNA and other evidence that can be used if you wish to report the sexual assault to the police. The exam is completed at a local hospital and should be conducted within seven days of the assault.
You do not need to have a forensic exam to receive other medical assistance such as emergency contraceptives and STI prevention options.
You do not have to make a report to police at the time of the exam as the evidence collected can be securely stored for up to one year.
Specialized sexual assault support and medical treatment, including option for forensic evidence collection. Free services for anyone 13 years or older within 7 days following a sexual assault. Services provided both at VGH Emergency and at UBC Urgent Care Centre. Trained nurses provide treatment for injury and sexually transmitted infection, pregnancy prevention, forensic evidence collection and emotional support.
Specialized sexual assault support and medical treatment including the option for forensic evidence collection. Forensic nursing service can support anyone within 7 days following a sexual assault.
Other SFU Resources
Phone: 1.800.663.1142 | https://www.sfu.ca/human-resources/apsa/benefits/efap.html
Provides confidential, professional assistance to help you or your family members resolve problems that affect your personal and work lives.
Available 24/7 and you can choose to access sessions by telephone, face-to-face, or e-Counselling.
If you want to learn about other sexual health clinics off campus, or external counselling servies, contact the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office to learn more.
There are many community resources that are available to you should you wish to access support off campus:
Toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service avialable across B.C. available 24 hours/7 days a week. Provides information and referral for anyone impacted by crime.
Tel: 604.255.6344/ toll-free 1.877.392.7583 | www.wavaw.ca
Rape Crisis Centre for Women offers 24-hour confidential immediate emotional support, referrals and hospital accompaniment.
Tel: 604.583.1295 | www.surreywomenscentre.ca
Sexual assault and domestic violence relief centre in Surrey available 24 hours/7 days a week.
Provincial non-profit organization supporting over 240 community-based anti-violence programs. An online directory can help you connect with information about services available throughout BC.
Tel: 604.682.6482 | www.bc-malesurvivors.com
Not-for-profit society that provides therapeutic services for males who have been sexually abused at some point in their lives.