End Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence at Mohawk


Sexual Assault and Sexual 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 sexual violence and supporting those who experience sexual violence.
Message from the President of Mohawk College

Please review the Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy

I Have Experienced or been Affected by Sexual Violence...

HELP NOW...Emergency Resources

Your safety is important

Call 911 if you or another 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 and McMaster Security:

  • Mohawk College Security*: (905) 575-2003 (Dial 55 from a college phone)
  • McMaster Security for IAHS support: (905) 525-9140 ext.24281 (Dial 88 from a university phone)

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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

* Contacting Mohawk Security does not automatically involve the Police. Calling the Police is your choice.

I Need On-Campus Support

Private and confidential Counselling Services (Students)

  • 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)

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)

  • Mohawk College Security*: (905) 575-2003 (Dial 55 from a college phone)
  • McMaster Security for IAHS support: (905) 525-9140 ext.24281 (Dial 88 from a university phone)

* Contacting Mohawk 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 sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Additional Off-Campus Sexual Violence Resources

Youth Support Services:

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

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

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

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

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”, “This isn’t your fault”, “I believe you”

Determine Safety

“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 (Dial 55 from a college phone)
  • McMaster Security for IAHS support: (905) 525-9140 ext.24281 (Dial 88 from a university phone)
  • Emergency Services: 911

* Contacting Mohawk Security does not automatically involve the Police. Calling the Police is your choice.

“Do you require medical attention?” Call 911 for Paramedic Services

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

Refer

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

Next steps are always survivor driven.

Have questions about how to provide support to students in distress? Have a look at our Responding to Students in Distress Guide.

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

Please note for staff:

Employees and Residence staff will listen to a survivor only as much as needed to determine that an incident of sexual violence has occurred; and will advise survivors that Security will be contacted immediately to assist with taking the full disclosure and providing resources and referrals. Security has been trained to appropriately receive disclosures of sexual assault and sexual violence.

The Survivor will be made aware that by sharing this information with Security, that is will not initiate a report or investigation unless direct approval and support from the survivor is received, or, if there is a risk of harm to the College community. If a disclosure has been made through Counselling Services, Counsellors will exercise professional judgement to determine if notification to Security is required.

From Section 7.1 Notification of the Mohawk Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy

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 Advanced Education and Skills Development. 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:

Sexual 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.

Report an Incident of Sexual Violence to Mohawk College...What to expect

Where can I go to discuss my options for reporting an incident of sexual violence?

  • Confidential Counselling Services (students): (905) 575-2211, Fennell Campus (The Square)
    Monday to Friday (8:30am to 4:30pm)
  • Mohawk College Security Services (students, staff, and community): (905) 575-2003, Fennell Campus (Room C103)
    24 hours, 7 days a week

Learn more about what you can expect when reporting an incident to Mohawk Security Services e.g. services provided, information shared, confidentiality.

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

If you witness an act of sexual 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.

  • Mohawk College Security*: (905) 575-2003 (Dial 55 from a college phone)
  • McMaster Security for IAHS support: (905) 525-9140 ext.24281 (Dial 88 from a university phone)

Faculty, staff and other employees and contractors who have witnessed sexual violence have a duty to immediately report all incidents and suspected incidents of sexual violence. Students who have witnessed, experienced, or been affected by sexual violence, are strongly encouraged to report incidents of sexual violence, but 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 sexual violence have a duty to cooperate with a College investigation.

What Does Consent Mean....Find Out More About Consent

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.

Definitions

Learn more sexual assault and sexual violence definitions.

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

It is important to know the Myths and Facts about sexual assault and sexual 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 Sexual Violence page.

Take Action Against Sexual Violence....Find out how to stand up to sexual 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:

Safety on Campus

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

Counselling Services

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

Mohawk College Security (Fennell and Stoney Creek Campuses)

(905) 575-2003 (Dial 55 from a college phone)

McMaster Security for IAHS Support

(905) 525-9140 ext.24281 (Dial 88 from a university phone)