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Help for Students
How the SVSPO Can Help
We offer free, confidential support for SFU and FIC students who have experienced sexual violence. We also assist students who have witnessed sexual violence or who are providing support to someone else. Students of all gender and sexual identities are welcome.
To access the SVSPO’s support services:
- It does not matter when or where the sexual violence occurred.
- A report is not required or expected.
Here are some of the ways we can help:
- Referrals to on- and off-campus support services and resources as needed
- Help with academic, workplace or other accommodations at SFU or FIC
- Information on reporting options available to you and assistance with accessing these options
- Information about personal privacy and confidentiality
- Personalized safety planning
- Help navigating court processes, if needed
- Transportation to the hospital, police or other emergency services
- Information packages for you or a friend who has experienced sexual violence
- We also provide support and advice for students who have been named in an incident of sexual violence.
Support is available in multiple ways: in-person on any of SFU's three campuses or by phone, email, text, or Zoom. No matter where you are located, our case managers can support you.
You can get help from both doctors and counsellors at SFU Health and Counselling Services. Services offered include:
- Personal counselling
- Pregnancy tests
- Tests and treatments for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Emergency contraception
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.
We can provide transportation and/or accompany you to either Vancouver General or Surrey Memorial Hospitals for medical care. Both hospitals offer specialized sexual assault support and medical treatment.
Specialized sexual assault support and medical treatment, including options 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 option for forensic evidence collection. Forensic nursing service can support anyone within 7 days following a sexual assault.
Contact the Sexual Violence Support & Prevention Office to learn more about other sexual health clinics off campus or external counselling resources.
Other SFU and FIC Resources
Medical and counselling services, including various support groups and wellness programming
1.844.451.9700 | 011.416.380.6578 from outside North America
Free, confidential counselling support and wellness resources for SFU graduate and undergraduate students and advice for staff and faculty who are supporting students. Available in multiple languages, 24/7.
FIC Wellness Office
778-782-9900 | Email: email@example.com
Free, confidential counselling available to all FIC students
In collaboration with campus and community partners, we have created a list of SFU and community services offer culturally relevant support services for BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) who have been impacted by sexual violence.
24/7 toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service across B.C. Provides information and referrals for anyone impacted by crime.
24/7 immediate crisis assistance, emotional support, information, and referrals for people of marginalized genders: cis and trans women, Two-Spirit, trans, and/or non-binary people
24/7 crisis line for people who have experienced sexual violence; assistance with accessing emergency medical, legal, and social services
Provincial not-for-profit organization supporting over 240 community-based anti-violence programs. An online directory can help you find support services throughout BC.
Therapeutic services for males who have been sexually abused at some point in their lives.