In December 2018, King’s Board of Governors approved the university’s stand-alone policy on sexualized violence. The implementation of King’s Sexualized Violence Awareness, Prevention and Response Policy is currently underway. The policy is posted below:
A Sexualized Violence Prevention and Response Officer (SVPRO) has been hired and will assist in the implementation of this policy. Their primary responsibility will be to assist individuals affected by sexualized violence. The SVPRO provides coordination, support, and services for those who have experienced sexualized violence, receives disclosures and reports, facilitates safety planning, and assists survivor/victims through the disclosure or report process.
King’s has a critical responsibility to prevent sexualized violence and to support anyone affected when it occurs. This includes increasing awareness that sexualized violence happens at King’s.
Anyone interested in learning more about sexualized violence and how to support survivors can access this free online training course developed as part of the Nova Scotia Sexual Violence Strategy.
The most common date rape drug is alcohol, and the majority of sexual assaults happen between individuals who know one another.
The effects of substances used as date rape drugs (e.g. GHB, rohypnol and ketamine) can include dizziness, memory loss, confusion, and loss of consciousness. The same precautions you would take at other bars, such as not leaving your drink unattended, should be exercised anywhere you consume alcohol, including the Wardroom and at parties on- or off-campus. There is the risk of drink tampering anywhere alcohol is served. Drink tampering can happen and has happened on campus.
If you suspect you or a friend may have been drugged:
If you are the survivor/victim of sexualized violence, you are not alone and it is never your fault.
Please reach out for help and support.
Contact the Dean of Students confidentially to receive supports, or to make a disclosure or report.
Contact the Equity Officer confidentially to receive supports, or to make a disclosure or report.
Students in residence can reach out to their don, or another don they feel comfortable with. There is always a don on call after-hours.
Peer support and emergency response between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m.
A list of resources related to sexualized violence related to support, allyship, safety and education.
Trauma-informed counselling for female-identified and gender non-identified individuals 16 years and older. Note: Avalon is temporarily unable to receive new counselling requests.
Specialized medical help within 5 days of an assault (all ages/genders).
A phone line for anyone who has experienced or has been affected by sexualized violence, available daily between noon and midnight.
Available Monday – Thursday from 3-5 p.m. (office is located in the lobby of the A&A).
A phone line is available 24/7 toll free to Mi’kmaq people across the province.
Halifax Regional Police offers support services to victims of crime, and in particular to victims of domestic violence, sexualized violence, and serious crimes. Monday-Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
A professionally led support group for male-identified victims of sexual abuse and violence.
You can learn more about supporting a friend at breakthesilencens.ca.