Royal Roads University stands united against sexual violence in our university community. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, there are supports and services available to you. This page provides guidance and information for RRU students who have experienced sexual violence. If you would like to speak to a trained staff member for more information or to access supports, please call the RRU 24 hour Sexual Violence Support Line at 250.391.2600 extension 8514.
This webpage contains the following information:
- What to do right away if you’ve been involved in an incident of sexual violence
- How to report sexual violence or misconduct in the RRU community
- Educational resources about how to prevent sexual violence and support survivors
What to do right away?
If you have been involved in an incident of sexual violence, we encourage you to consider the following actions as soon as possible after the incident. If you don’t do any of these right away, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get help, but it may be beneficial for you to get immediate medical attention should you decide to report the incident to the Police at any later date.
1) Go to a safe place and seek help. Here are some options for getting help:
- Call 911 - you will be asked, “Fire, Police or Ambulance?” right away. You can either answer Police or Ambulance or you can just start to tell the operator what happened and they will help you.
- Call the 24 hour confidential VictimLink BC service at 1.800.563.0808 (phone) or 604.836.6381 (text). If you are outside BC, you can find victim services in your community by searching the Government of Canada’s Victim Services Directory.
- Call the RRU 24 hour Sexual Violence Support Line at 250 391 2600, extension 8514.
- If you are on campus, use an Assistance Pole or any on campus phone to call Campus Security by just dialing 2525. You can reach this number on any other phone by dialing 250.391.2525.
- If you are a student on campus during regular business hours, and you would like assistance, go to the reception desk in the LIC or the Library and someone will find you a private place to wait while they find you the help you need. You do not have to tell the reception staff what happened - all you have to do is say that you want to speak to a staff member privately about something that happened to you and they will know to find you a quiet place and someone who can help. You are welcome to bring someone with you as well.
2) Get medical assistance. Here are some options for accessing medical assistance:
- Call 911 - you will be asked, “Fire, Police or Ambulance?” right away. You can either answer “Police” or “Ambulance” or you can just start to tell the operator what happened and they will help you.
- If you are able, go to any hospital emergency department or medical clinic
- If you are able and are in Victoria, contact the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre’s Service Access Line at 250.383.3232 or go to the Centre at 3060 Cedar Hill Road - unit 300B. The Centre is open during regular business hours but can be accessed after hours by contacting the 24 hour Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1.888.494.3888.
3) Seek personal support.
- If you are a student, call the RRU 24 hour Sexual Violence Support Line at 250.391.2600, extension 8514 or dial 8514 if calling from an on campus phone, and someone will arrange for you to see a counsellor. You can also make an appointment with a counsellor by calling 250.391.2600 extension 4515, emailing counselling or booking online.
- Contact the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre’s Service Access Line at 250 383 3232
- Call the 24 hour Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1.888.494.3888
4) Write it down.
- If you are able and when you are ready, it is helpful to write down the details of what happened. It doesn’t have to be right away. As difficult as this may be, it may help to express your feelings and it may help you if you decide to report the incident at any time. You may wish to consider including the following: date, time and location of the incident, name or identity of others involved, actions or events that took place.
How to report sexual violence in the RRU community
To make a formal report of sexual violence or misconduct to the university so that the university can act on the information provided, please complete the Formal Complaint Form or contact Dranna Andrews-Brown, Manager, Student Engagement at 1.800.788.8028 (toll free) or 250.391.2600 extension 4760, or by email for more information.
Reporting refers to providing a formal statement about an incident to an individual or institution that has the authority to take action. A survivor may report an incident of sexual violence but decide that they do not wish to have any action taken. Individuals and institutions may be required to act, however, if there are reasonable grounds to believe that someone may be a danger to themselves or others.
In British Columbia, sexual violence can also be reported to the Police directly or through an anonymous “third party report” using a community-based victim service program (not a police victim service program); “third party reporting” may vary in other jurisdictions. Information about and referral to reporting options can be accessed through the 24 hour confidential VictimLink BC service at 1.800.563.0808 (phone) or 604.836.6381 (text).
Prevention and education
We all have a role to play in creating a safe and respectful learning community. Through the Research Universities Council of BC, RRU partnered with five other universities to create educational resources to combat sexual violence in our communities. Find out more about consent, being an active bystander, relationships and boundaries, and how to support a survivor of sexual violence on our Sexual Violence Education website.
For more information on RRU’s commitment to inform and educate to prevent, and ultimately end, sexual violence, please review the Sexual Violence & Misconduct Policy and accompanying Glossary of Terms.
For more information on how RRU responds to disclosures and reports of sexual violence, please review the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Protocol and Procedures for Students.