If you have experienced sexual assault or other forms of sexual violence – it is NOT your fault.
SVPRO is a confidential place for those who have experienced, or been impacted by, any form of sexual or gender-based violence, harassment, or harm, regardless of where or when it took place. We recognize that you are the expert of your own experience and you get to decide what is right for you. We aim to be a safer space for all by respecting each person’s unique and multiple identities and experiences. All genders and sexualities are welcome.
You are welcome here.
Coming to SVPRO is not the same as making a report to the police or campus investigations office. We can provide information and support for those considering, or currently navigating, reporting to the police or to UBC.
Help you find a safe place to stay
Arrange academic concessions e.g. extensions
Coordinate workplace accommodation e.g. arranging leave
Explain your reporting options
Go with you to the hospital, police or court
Coordinate support services among campus and community partners
Sexual assault can happen to anyone. Survivors are more likely to disclose sexual assault or other forms of sexual violence to someone they know and trust. Survivors have the right to make their own choices. Support the choices they make, whatever they decide.
Recognize a disclosure
Students, faculty and staff may share information with you about an incident of sexual violence.
This is a disclosure.
Respond with empathy
Believe the person who has disclosed to you. Assure them what happened was not their fault. Ask how you can best support them.
Refer to SVPRO
Offer to help connect the person to SVPRO for emotional support and to learn about resources and options. Having access to knowledgeable support can help mitigate anxiety often experienced by people who have been harmed.
After Hours Support for a Recent Sexual Assault
Local hospitals have Sexual Assault Services that provide immediate medical attention and collect forensic evidence, if you wish.
Sexual assault services are available to everyone, including visitors from outside Canada. You do not need to provide identification to receive services. Interpreters may be available through the hospital.
Find out more about medical options
Follow up with the SVPRO office as soon as possible for support. Call us at 604-822-1588 to explore your options.
Outside business hours (8:30-4:30 Monday to Friday), this line is answered by trained volunteers from the WAVAW rape crisis centre who can connect you with after-hour services, including hospital accompaniment.
We are taking in-person requests by appointment. Same-day appointments are available, but drop-ins are not recommended for COVID-19 safety reasons.
If you call our support line during business hours, a member of our team will answer and help you explore your options. If we don’t pick up, that means we are helping someone else. Please leave a message and we will get back to you within the next business day.
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office
6363 Agronomy Road, ROOM 4071
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 1T2