End Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence at Mohawk


Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence Support

Mohawk College is committed to maintaining the health, safety, and well-being of every student, faculty, staff, and community member at Mohawk College; creating an environment that is free of discrimination and harassment and free from sexualized violence and supporting those who experience sexual violence.
Message from the President of Mohawk College

Join Us in Ending Sexual Assault and Violence at Mohawk College

At Mohawk College, we’re committed to maintaining the health, safety and well-being of each student, faculty, staff and community member by ending sexualized violence at Mohawk College.

Please review the Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence Policy

Please review the Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence Policy and Procedure Process for Student Input (302.6kb).

To access the employee learning video, review the How to Guide.

Consent is Everything

 
 
 
 

I Have Experienced or Been Affected by Sexualized Violence...

HELP NOW...Emergency Resources

Your safety is important

Call 911 if you or someone else is in immediate danger or require emergency medical support

Know that you have options:

  • Talk to a trusted friend or
  • Contact:
    • Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton - 24 Hour Support Line: (905) 525-4162
    • Fem’aide Crise: 1 (877) 336-2433
  • Access the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre, services through the Emergency department at:
    • Juravinski Hospital: 711 Concession Street, Hamilton, ON
    • Hamilton General Hospital: 237 Barton Street East, Hamilton, ON

Mohawk College Security:

  • (905) 575-2003
  • Contacting Mohawk College Security does not automatically involve the Police. Calling the Police is your choice

I Need On-Campus Support

Private and confidential Counselling Services (Students)

For assistance if you feel you could benefit from personal or emotional support.

  • Fennell Campus (The Square): (905) 575-2211
    Monday to Friday (8:30am to 4:30pm)
  • Stoney Creek Campus: (905) 575-2211
    Monday to Friday (8:30am to 4:30pm)
  • McMaster Counselling Services (The Square): (905) 540-4247 ext. 26340 (Room 121)

Private and Confidential Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) Services (Staff)

For staff requiring assistance if you feel you could benefit from personal or emotional support for yourself or family members.

Student Rights and Responsibilities

For assistance if you are considering making a report but are unsure of the process and/or your options.

Contact studentissues [at] mohawkcollege.ca or (905) 575-2318.

Confidential Medical Support (Students, Staff, and Community)

  • Health Centre: (289) 237-6538
    Monday to Friday (8:30am to 4:30pm)
    Evening hours posted.

Academic and Workplace Accommodations

Students can contact Accessible Learning Services (ALS) at als [at] mohawkcollege.ca or (905) 575-2211

Staff can contact Deborah Spinelli - Return to Work Consultant at deborah.spinelli1 [at] mohawkcollege.ca or (905) 575-3389

After Hours Support (Students, Staff, and Community)

  • (905) 575-2003
  • Contacting Mohawk College Security does not automatically involve the Police. Calling the Police is your choice

I Need Off-Campus Support

  • Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton* - 24 Hour Support Line: (905) 525-4162
  • Fem’aide Crise: 1 (877) 336-2433
  • Access the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre, services through the Emergency department at:
    • Juravinski Hospital: 711 Concession Street, Hamilton, ON
    • Hamilton General Hospital: 237 Barton Street East, Hamilton, ON

* http://sacha.ca/ - Supporting adult survivors (16 and over) of all genders who have experienced sexualized violence at any time in their lives.

Additional Off-Campus Sexualized Violence Resources

Youth Support Services:

Thrive Youth and Trauma Services: (905) 523-1020

LGBTQ Centered Support:
Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area (SACHA) support line 905-525-1462

Indigenous Centered Support:
De dwa da dehs nye>s Aboriginal Health Centre - https://aboriginalhealthcentre.com/ Hamilton: (905) 544-4320, Brantford: (519) 752-4340

Domestic Violence Supports:

  • Assaulted Women’s Help Line 1 (800) 863-0511
  • Women’s Emergency Shelters:
  • Interval House of Hamilton (905) 387-8881
  • Good Shepard Martha House Crisis Line (905) 523-6277
  • Good Shepard Mary’s Place Women (905) 540-8000
  • Mission Servies – Inasmuch House Crisis Line (905) 529-8149
  • Native Women’s Centre: 1 (888) 308-6559

Crisis Lines for Men:

Crisis Outreach and Support Team (COAST): (905) 972-8338
Suicide Prevention: 1 (855) 294-4673
Victim Services: (905) 546-4904

Sexual Assault Support for Men:
Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area (SACHA) support line 905-525-1462
Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre (905) 525-1462
Hope for Men (905) 975-6455

Emergency Shelters for Men:
Good Shepard (905) 528-9109
Mission Services of Hamilton (905) 528-7635
The Salvation Army Hamilton Booth Centre (905) 527-1444

Additional Off-Campus Supports

Hamilton Police Services - Victim Services Branch: (905) 546-4904
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24-hour on scene crisis intervention.

Sexual Assault Centre of Brant
24-hour crisis phone : (519) 751-1164
http://www.sacbrant.ca
24-hour support for survivors of sexual violence: individual counselling and support to women and men over 14 years of age. Will accompany survivors to hospital, police or court and advocate on their behalf.

Joseph Brant Hospital Regional Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre
Nina's Place (business hours): (905) 632-3737
Emergency Department (after hours): (905) 878-8555
Specialized health care, police services and agency referrals for people of all ages who experienced sexual assault and/or domestic violence within the past 7 days.

Access Counselling & Family Services Burlington
1 (866) 457-0234
http://www.accesscounselling.ca
Individual counselling for women who have experienced any kind of abuse

Centre de Sante Communautaire Hamilton/Niagara
(905) 528-0163
http://www.cschn.ca
Offers individual and group counselling for survivors

Good2Talk
1 (866) 925-5454
http://www.goog2talk.ca
Helpline offering counselling, mental health and addictions information for post secondary students

COAST - Crisis Outreach and Support Team
1 (905) 972-8338 (Hamilton and area)
http://coasthamilton.ca/
24-hour crisis and support team/line that provides emergency mental health and addictions services.

Provide Support....Find out what you can do

For most survivors it's very difficult to share an incident of sexualized violence. It's important to ensure your response is supportive.

There are four important tips for providing support for survivors of sexual violence:

  • Listen
  • Believe
  • Determine Safety
  • Refer

Listen

Listen without Judgment. This is the most important thing you can do.

Believe

Say: “Thank you for telling me”

Say: “This isn’t your fault”

Say: “I believe you”

Determine Safety

Ask: “Is your safety at risk?”

If the immediate safety of the survivor or any other member of the community is at risk contact the following:

Mohawk College Security

  • (905) 575-2003
  • Contacting Mohawk College Security does not automatically involve the Police. Calling the Police is your choice

Emergency Services

Call 911

Ask: “Do you require medical attention?”

Call 911 for Paramedic Services

Access the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre, services through the Emergency department, who have specially trained nurse examiners on call 24/7, at:

  • Juravinski Hospital: 711 Concession Street, Hamilton, ON
  • Hamilton General Hospital: 237 Barton Street East, Hamilton, ON

Refer

Ask how you can help, offer to explore options and always respect their decisions.

Remember, next steps are always survivor driven.

Need support? See our On-Campus and Off-Campus supports.

The college is committed to responding to all disclosures/reports of sexualized violence in a consistent, respectful, and supportive manner.

  • Trust
  • Compassion
  • Safety
  • Choices and options
  • Self-determination
  • Culture competence
  • Academic and workplace accommodations
  • The right to withdraw a report

See Section 6.4 Support for Survivors Who Disclose or Report Sexualized Violence Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence Policy

Staff have an Obligation to Report

As per section 6.3 of the Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence Policy (Obligation to Report) "college employees, governors, volunteers, appointees, suppliers, contractors, etc., who witness or have knowledge of sexualized violence have an obligation to make a Third Party Report immediately to Mohawk Security Services. All other members of the College community are strongly encouraged to make a Third Party Report to Mohawk Security Services."

Survivors lead the process and choose their own options on what to do next. Please remember you are not required to share details with anyone unless the survivor has given permission to do so.

Is the Information I Share Kept Confidential?

Confidentiality is important to those who have disclosed sexual violence. You have the right to ask the person what level of confidentiality you can expect from them, before you share information.

The College is committed to respecting the confidentiality of survivors of sexual violence. However, there are limits of confidentiality. In some cases, the College may be required to act on the information you’ve shared without your consent. Confidentiality cannot be guaranteed when:

  • There is imminent risk of self-harm to a person
  • There is imminent risk that an individual may harm a person
  • There is reasonable grounds to believe someone within the College or community could be harmed
  • A judge subpoenas your records (ie: counselling notes)

If one of the above circumstances applied, you would be informed of next steps and supported.

The College is required to report non-identifying statistics each year (ie: number of reports of sexual violence, supports or services accessed) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges & Universities. Various offices at the College maintain and report this information, but names of community members are not shared.

What are the Definitions of Interpersonal Violence?

Individuals can be impacted in many different ways:

Sexualized Violence

A broad term that describes any violence carried out through sexual means or by targeting sexuality.

This violence takes different forms including sexual abuse, sexual assault, rape, incest, childhood sexual abuse, and rape during armed conflict. It also includes sexual harassment, stalking, indecent or sexualized exposure, degrading sexual imagery, voyeurism, cyber harassment, trafficking and sexual exploitation.

Sexual Assault

Any non-consensual sexual activity, including but not limited to touching, grabbing, kissing, fondling, and oral, anal, or vaginal intercourse.

Intimate Violence

Takes place within an intimate relationship such as marriage, domestic partnership, casual or long-term dating or sexual relationship, or former relationship.

Such violence can occur between same sex, same gender, or heterosexual partners and it can take many forms including physical assault, sexual violence, psychological, emotional or spiritual violence, torture, financial abuse, and control of movement and of social contacts.

Family Violence

Can include intimate or sexual violence and can also extend to children, parents, grandchildren, grandparents or other family members and may also include close family friends, guardians or caretakers.

Learn more sexual assault and sexual violence definitions.

Disclosing and/or Reporting Sexualized Violence

Do You Have to Report Sexual Assault or Violence?

We strongly encourage you to consider making a report; however, you are not required to disclose or report sexualized violence to obtain College supports and services.

Should you choose to, there are four ways you can disclose and/or report sexualized violence:

  • Disclosure
  • Informal report
  • Formal college report
  • Formal police report

Read Mohawk College’s Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence Policy (pages 4 and 12) to learn more about disclosing and reporting sexualized violence, including information about privacy and your rights.

How to Disclose or Report Sexualized Violence

  • In emergency situations, go to a place of safety and call 911
  • Make a disclosure to someone who you can trust and who can help you obtain supports and services
  • Make a report to Mohawk College Security Services
  • Contact the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office for assistance if you are considering making a report, but are unsure of the process and/or your options
  • Contact Counselling Services if you feel you could benefit from personal or emotional support

What Happens When You Make a Disclosure or Report?

The College recognizes that confidentiality is important to those who have disclosed sexual violence. You have the right to ask the person to whom you make a disclosure about the level of confidentiality you can expect from them before you share information.

When you make an informal or formal report you will no longer be able to remain anonymous, but the College will respect and protect your rights during the response to a report of sexualized violence, which includes:

  • Providing access to supports and services
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Explaining the limits of confidentiality
  • Adhering to procedural fairness
  • Respecting your right to make choices throughout the process

While you can choose to make a disclosure anonymously, if you choose to reveal your identity and would like to receive supports and services, you’ll be put in touch with the Student Rights and Responsibilities Office (SRRO) where you’ll receive information about your options, rights and responsibilities as well as supports and services you may need (including counselling services).

What to do if you have Witnessed Sexual Assault or Sexualized Violence

If you witness an act of sexualized violence, call Mohawk Security Services as soon as possible at: (905) 575-2003 to report the incident. Mohawk Security Services will assist you by providing necessary resources and support. In case of an emergency, always call 9-1-1.

Students who have witnessed, experienced, or been affected by sexual violence are strongly encouraged to report incidents of sexual violence. Students do not need to report incidents of sexual violence to obtain supports, services or accommodation from the College.

All members of the Mohawk College community who have witnessed sexualized violence have a duty to cooperate with a College investigation.

College employees (including governors, volunteers, appointees, suppliers, contractors, etc.) who witness sexualized violence have an obligation to make a Third Party Report immediately to Security Services. Read Mohawk College’s Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence Policy to learn more.

What is Consent?

Consent is Everything!

If it’s not a clear yes, it’s not consent. It’s Sexual Assault!

Enthusiastic consent is required every time and cannot be given if the person is affected by drugs or alcohol.

People do change their minds. Saying yes to one activity doesn’t mean yes to all activities.

Consent:

  • Cannot be expressed by the words or actions of anyone other than the person participating in the sexual activity
  • Can be withdrawn at any time during sexual activity
  • Does not exist when a person is incapable of consenting to the activity, or persuaded to engage in sexual activity by an individual abusing a position of trust, power or authority

Videos

Definitions

Information about definitions can be found in section 3 of the Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence Policy.

What are the Myths and Facts About Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence

It is important to know the Myths and Facts about sexual assault and sexualized violence. Your safety is important

For example:

Myth: sexual assault usually occurs between strangers.

Fact: Most people who are sexually assaulted know the person who hurt them. For example, this person could be a boyfriend or girlfriend, husband, wife, friend, neighbour, co-worker, or teacher.

You can find more information about the myths and facts on our Sexual Assault and Sexualized Violence page.

Take Action Against Sexualized Violence....Find out how to stand up to sexualized violence

There are many ways you can stand up to sexual violence on campus. Learn, support survivors, speak out, and practice your consent skills.

Here are some of the opportunities available at Mohawk College:


Suggested Readings: 

Safety on Campus

Security Services at Mohawk College offers information regarding safety on campus through the websites below:

Bystander Training Workshops

This workshop is aimed at generating discussion around the different forms of sexualized violence that is present on campus and within our community. Attendees will be provided with the skills and knowledge to take action in the case that they witness acts of sexualized violence. This workshop is facilitated by the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area (SACHA) in partnership with Mohawk College. 

Date Time Location
TBD TBD TBD

To register please email healthycampus [at] mohawkcollege.ca 

If you are a faculty/staff member,  please register via Working at Mohawk. See attached for instructions on how to enroll in upcoming sessions: How to Enroll in In-Class Sessions.

Student Rights and Responsibilities 

Room C102 - The Square
905-575-2181

Counselling Service

Fennell Campus

Room C102 - The Square
905-575-2211

Stoney Creek Campus

Room A118
905-575-5000

McMaster (IAHS) Campus

Room 121 - The Square
905-540-4247 ext. 16107

Mohawk Security Services

For All Campuses - (905) 575-2003