If you've experienced sexual violence, it's important to know it's not your fault and you're not alone. It doesn't matter if you've experienced it on or off-campus. We're here to support you.
If you want to talk to someone, it's helpful to know the difference between disclosing and reporting your experience:
- Disclosure means telling a counsellor about an act of sexual violence for the purpose of receiving emotional support and possible accommodations.
- Reporting means telling someone about an act of sexual violence for the purpose of seeking action, which may include opening an investigation. Emotional support is also provided.
Support for students
- Talk to an NSCC counsellor – Student Services offers supportive and confidential counselling delivered by professional counsellors. Book an appointment with an NSCC Counsellor
- Student Support Program – Connect to a network of professional counsellors who are available 24/7 to provide confidential assistance and crisis counselling in critical situations. You can also get information about student supports, services and community resources. Contact the Student Support Line
Counsellors are the only NSCC employees who can hold disclosures in confidence. All other employees must report the content of any conversation that might indicate the occurrence of sexual violence against a member of the college community.
Support for employees
Access to counselling services and the Employee and Family Assistance Program are outlined in the NSCC Sexual Violence Employee Handbook (Connect login required).
Resources for everyone
- SANE – 811 can put you in touch with the nearest Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program (SANE).
- 811 Nova Scotia – Trusted health advice from a registered nurse, including information on what to do if an incident of sexual violence occurs.
- 211 Nova Scotia – Free, confidential information and referrals to more than 3,000 community and social services across Nova Scotia. Available 24/7, in several languages.
- Break The Silence Nova Scotia – Find information, resources, services and supports across Nova Scotia on sexual violence, where and/or how to help a friend, training/awareness campaign materials and more.
- Go somewhere safe
- Call 911
- If you are on Campus, activate the Emergency Blue Pull Station.