Royal Roads University stands united against sexual violence in our university community. If you or someone you know has experienced sexual violence, there are supports and services available to you. This page provides guidance and information for RRU students who have experienced sexual violence. If you would like to speak to a trained staff member for more information or to access supports, please call the RRU 24 hour Sexual Violence Support Line at 250.391.2600 extension 8514.
What to do right away?
If you have been involved in an incident of sexual violence, we encourage you to consider the following actions as soon as possible after the incident. If you don’t do any of these right away, it doesn’t mean that you can’t get help, but it may be beneficial for you to get immediate medical attention should you decide to report the incident to the Police at any later date.
1) Go to a safe place and seek help.
- Call 911 - you will be asked, “Fire, Police or Ambulance?” right away. You can either answer Police or Ambulance or you can just start to tell the operator what happened and they will help you.
- Call the 24-hour confidential VictimLink BC service at 1.800.563.0808 (phone) or 604.836.6381 (text). If you are outside BC, you can find victim services in your community by searching the Government of Canada’s Victim Services Directory.
- Call the RRU 24 hour Sexual Violence Support Line at 250 391 2600, extension 8514.
- If you are on campus, use an Assistance Pole or any on campus phone to call Campus Security by just dialing 2525. You can reach this number on any other phone by dialing 250.391.2525.
- If you are a student on campus during regular business hours, and you need to go somewhere right away, go to the reception desk in the LIC or the Library and someone will find you a private place to wait while they find you the help you need. You do not have to tell the reception staff what happened - all you have to do is say that you want to speak to a staff member privately about something that happened to you and they will know to find you a quiet place and someone who can help. You are welcome to bring someone with you as well.
2) Get medical assistance.
- Call 911 - you will be asked, “Fire, Police or Ambulance?” right away. You can either answer “Police” or “Ambulance” or you can just start to tell the operator what happened and they will help you.
- If you are able, go to any hospital emergency department or medical clinic
- If you are able and are in Victoria, contact the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre’s Crisis and Information Line at 250.383.3232 or go to the Centre at 3060 Cedar Hill Road - unit 300B. The Centre is open during regular business hours but can be accessed after hours by contacting the Crisis and Information Line which is open 24 hours a day.
3) Seek personal support.
- If you are a student, call the RRU 24 hour Sexual Violence Support Line at 250.391.2600, extension 8514 or dial 8514 if calling from an on campus phone, and someone will arrange for you to see a counsellor. You can also make an appointment with a counsellor by calling 250.391.2600 extension 4515, emailing counselling or booking online.
- Contact the Victoria Sexual Assault Centre’s Crisis and Information Line at 250 383 3232
- Call the 24 hour Vancouver Island Crisis Line at 1.888.494.3888
4) Write it down.
- If you are able and when you are ready, it is helpful to write down the details of what happened. It doesn’t have to be right away. As difficult as this may be, it may help to express your feelings and it may help you if you decide to report the incident at any time. You may wish to consider including the following: date, time and location of the incident, name or identity of others involved, actions or events that took place.
For more information on RRU’s commitment to inform and educate to prevent, and ultimately end, sexual violence, please review the Sexual Violence & Misconduct Policy and accompanying Glossary of Terms.
For information on how RRU responds to disclosures and reports of sexual violence, please review the Sexual Violence and Misconduct Protocol and Procedures for Students.
To make a formal report of sexual violence to the university so that the university can act on the information provided, please contact Dranna Andrews-Brown, Manager, Student Engagement at 1.800.788.8028 (toll free) or 250.391.2600 extension 4760, or by email.
To learn more about what you can do to help prevent sexual violence and how to support survivors, please review the following resources:
- 5 Things We Can All Do to Stop Violence Against Women. Text-based resource from Status of Women Canada
- Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence. Video-based training from the Centre for Reserach & Education on Violence Against Women & Children and learningtoendabuse.ca.