About Consent Comes First
What We Do
Consent Comes First provides support to Ryerson community members (students, staff, faculty, alumni) affected by sexual violence. You can access support if the sexual violence happened on or off-campus, or if you were subjected to sexual violence before you came to Ryerson.
We also work with the community on campaigns, programming and policy.
Supports: Referrals to counselling and medical services; safety planning; academic considerations and workplace accommodations; self-care resources; advocacy; navigating resources.
Reporting and complaints: Assistance in making an informed decision about next steps should an individual choose to report to authorities within the university or to the police
Information: Provide up-to-date community resource information.
Education: Deliver education, prevention, training and awareness activities with campus partners
Statistics: Maintain non-identifying annual data on disclosures and reports of sexual violence on campus
Confidentiality: Confidentiality is essential in making you feel safe when seeking support. Before you disclose, you have the right to ask the person about the level of confidentiality. Learn more about Confidentiality.
Consent Comes First (CCF) is committed to fostering a campus where consent comes first. We work as a team to support people affected by sexual violence, including those who have directly harmed and those supporting them. We offer trainings, policy work, and education campaigns for the broader Ryerson community.
- We believe that everyone who accesses the office is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect.
- We believe that everyone who accesses service has skills and strengths for survival, resistance, transformation and autonomy.
- We affirm and respect that individuals are the experts of their own lives and support self-determination.
- We acknowledge that acts of sexual violence are linked to acts of systematic oppression, including but not limited to sexism, racism, colonialism, ableism, homophobia, transphobia.
- We work from a pro-choice, feminist, anti-racist framework in which the service user and service providers will work collaboratively.
- We understand our work is connected to the larger movements to end gender based violence and will work with community partners both on and off campus
- We recognize that hurt people can hurt others and have the right to heal.
- We believe that while harm caused cannot be erased, accountability, justice and healing are possible through more than one path.
- We ensure that we work with service users to support and promote informed decision making.
- We believe service users have the right to ask questions and provide feedback.
- We acknowledge that as people, we are always learning, which is how we grow and do better work.
The Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education consults two key advisory committees to ensure community accountability and feedback on our activities, programs and services.
Student, staff and faculty representatives from various communities across the Ryerson campus
Vice-President, Internal, CESAR
Student Conduct Officer
Human Resources Consulting & Special Projects
Sexual Assault Student Support Line Coordinator
Centre for Women and Trans People, Ryerson Students’ Union
Director, Office of the Vice-Provost Faculty Affairs
Counsellor, Centre for Student Development & Counselling
Vice-President, Equity, Ryerson Students’ Union
Director, Violence Risk Management Office
Coordinator, Student Life Programs
Vice-President, Equity, Community and Inclusion
Assitant Vice-President, Human Resources
Equity & Campaigns Organizer, Ryerson Students’ Union
Residence Life & Education Coordinator
Director, Human Rights Services
Chaired by Farrah Khan, Manager Consent Comes First
Waves is a advisory committee of the Consent Comes First Office comprised of Ryerson students who self-identify as survivors of sexual violence. We provide a space where survivors can be heard about issues related to sexual violence on campus. Members Waves provide critical feedback on current sexual violence policies, programming, training and awareness raising initiatives. Our hope is to make Ryerson a safer space for survivors.
To participate on this committee, please complete and submit this confidential google formWaves Committee Application, external link, opens in new window. To respect your privacy and boundaries please DO NOT disclose any details about the violence that has occurred. We want to know about what you want to do and what you are interested in. We believe you.
Ryerson Sexual Violence Policy
Ryerson’s policy on sexual violence was approved by the Board of Governors in June 2015. The single policy was one of 18 recommendations made to the Provost after extensive consultations with the community and a review of the university’s practices, protocols and policies related to sexual violence.