Health & Wellness

Sexuality and Relationships

Sexual Assault


You are not alone.

We are here to help.

We believe you. 

It’s not your fault.

A sexual assault can be traumatizing physically and emotionally. Responses to a sexual assault vary by individuals according to differing needs, feelings, and concerns. This can involve ensuring one’s physical and medical well-being or wanting to talk with someone who has knowledge and experience dealing with sexual assault issues. It is important to know that it is your choice as to how you respond to a sexual assault and who you choose to tell. Remember that you are NOT at fault. The person who did this to you is at fault.

The following options are available if you have been sexually assaulted. 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.
  • Report an Incident

    Sexual assault is a serious criminal offence and individuals who experience an assault always have the option of reporting the incident to the police. If you would like, Acadia's Safety & Security staff can facilitate and support you making this report.

    • There is no time limit on when you can report a sexual assault to the police. However, the sooner it is made the greater the chances the police will find and preserve evidence linking the accused to the crime.
    • If you decide not to report the sexual assault immediately, you may want to write down what you remember about the assault in as much detail as possible. You will be able to refer to this information if you decide to make a 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.

    Campus Incidents

  • 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.
  • Get Emotional and Legal Support

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