We believe you.

Getting Support


You are not alone. We are here to help. We believe you.

The Sexualized Violence Response and Education Coordinator (SVREC) is here to offer confidential and compassionate support and provide information about your options. Responses to sexualized violence vary according to the needs, feelings, and concerns of each person. How you respond and who you tell are your choices.

If you are a survivor, some of these options and supports are described below. You can also visit our Help and Support page for a list of emotional, medical, and legal supports available to you.

Go to a Safe Place
  • Are you in a place where you feel physically and emotionally safe? A safe place might be the home of a friend, Resident Assistant, parent, co-worker, or any place where you can find physical safety and receive emotional support. It can be difficult, but you might want to talk with this person about what has been done to you. 
  • At Acadia, you can call Safety & Security at 902.585.1103 (or dial 88 from a campus phone) 24/7. We encourage you to contact them if you believe there is an ongoing threat to others on campus or in the community.
  • If you need a drive, you can contact Safety and Security and they will provide you with an escort to ensure you feel safe on campus. Safety & Security operates a free, evening shuttle service around campus and to several nearby locations every weeknight during the school year.
  • Call 911 for police if you are in immediate danger. The police will respond, take a statement from you, and proceed to investigate your complaint. They will also take you to the hospital if you want to go. They will refer you to Victims’ Services for additional support.
Disclose and Report an Incident

You always have the option of reporting an incident to the University (an internal report) and/or the police (an external report).  

Disclosing an Incident

If you would like to talk to someone about an incident, you will speak with our Sexualized Violence Response and Education Coordinator (SVREC). They are here to listen to you and support you without judgment. The SVREC will help guide you through your options, including medical care, counselling, safety planning, and adjustments to your classes or living arrangements.

A disclosure does not automatically start the investigative or non-investigative processes in our policy.

Internal Reports

You can submit a written report to the Sexualized Violence Response and Education Coordinator. With your consent, the SVREC can help guide and support you while you write this report (section 9.2). No matter what the outcome of this report, you will be supported by the SVREC.

After the report is sent, the the SVREC will consult with the Executive Director, Student Services, to determine whether the report should proceed under the Investigative Stream (section 9.5) or Non-Investigative Stream (section 9.6) of the Policy.

External Reports

You may also choose to file an external report (section 9.8). There is no time limit on when you can report an incident of sexualized violence to the police.

If you decide not to file an external report immediately, you may want to write down what you remember about the incident in as much detail as possible. The SVREC can help you with this. You will be able to refer to this information if you decide to make an external report in the future.

Wolfville RCMP

Emergencies: call 911
Phone: 902-542-3817
After Hours: 1-800-803-RCMP (7267)

General services: Monday to Friday, 8:30am - 4:30pm
363 Main St
Wolfville, NS, B4P 1C4

Human Rights

Individuals may report allegations of sexual harassment, sexual violence, or discrimination based on any enumerated ground pursuant to the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act.

Get Medical Attention

 

  • Seek emergency medical care as soon as possible after a sexual assault if you are hurt or injured. For emergency medical attention, call 911.
  • Medical care providers can offer advice on reporting the incident, address concerns regarding infection, pregnancy, and safety, and can help you cope with the complex emotional issues surrounding sexual assault.
  • A complete medical evaluation includes evidence collection, a physical examination, treatment, and/or counselling.
  • You do not have to do any part of this evaluation that you do not want to do. Medical related evidence collection may occur up to 120 hours from the assault. If you decide to have a forensic medical exam, it is helpful if you do not change clothes, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth until evidence is collected.
Explore changes to classes, residence, or work

After the submission of an internal report (section 9.2, Sexualized Violence Policy), the Sexualized Violence Response and Education Coordinator (SVREC) will arrange to meet with you to discuss support and services, including information about accommodations that can be made in your living, learning, and working environments.

Accommodations (section 9.3) may include a student residence re-location, class schedule changes, academic accommodations, temporary work location reassignment, and work scheduling changes. The SVREC can help you confidentially request these services.

Interim measures (section 9.4) are non-disciplinary conditions that may be imposed upon the subject of a report (the Respondent) depending on the allegations in the report to protect your safety or the safety of others in the University Community.

Get Emotional and Legal Support

Visit our Help and Support page for services available for your mental health or to pursue legal action.