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About Us

The Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education works from the premise that consent comes first. We believe that survivors should guide the process and we are here to provide options.

We recognize that survivors are impacted differently based on varied and interlocking experiences of oppression and their social location. How people experience, heal from, and address sexual violence is shaped by the multitude of social locations e.g. class, sexuality, citizenship status and gender expression. We also recognize that it is up to the individual to choose how they want to be referred to (survivor, victim, etc).

how we help

Supports: Referrals to counselling and medical services; safety planning; academic 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

Farrah Khan, Manager

Farrah Khan, a nationally recognized advocate and educator with two decades of addressing sexual violence, is the Manager of Ryerson’s Consent Comes First, Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education.

It is her responsibility to oversee university-wide activities related to awareness, education, training, support and response to sexual violence in the Ryerson community. She leads and coordinates the design and implementation of strategic initiatives aimed at reinforcing our commitment to fostering a safe, healthy, supportive environment for all students, faculty and staff, and the development and delivery of appropriate supports for sexual violence survivors.


Yamikani Msosa, Specialist

A graduate of Carleton University with both a BA and Master's in Women's Studies, Yami has been an active member of Ottawa's sexual assault support community since 2010 and is excited to continue this work here at Ryerson.

JiaQing Wilson-Yang, Specialist 

Jiaqing Wilson-Yang graduated with a Bachelor of Social Work from York University. She completed her placement and worked at the Sexual Assault Centre of Hamilton and Area (SACHA). She has worked for many years with queer and trans youth doing outreach and support, and facilitating art based workshops and groups. In 2013, she worked as the outreach and program coordinator of a program focussed on trans women survivors of sexual violence in Ontario. 

Our Team

From Left to Right: Carita Marsili ( Graphic Designer), Alexandra McMichael ( Student Placement), Farrah Khan ( Manager), Yamikani Msosa ( Specialist), Jia Qing Wilson-Yang ( Specialist). 

Advisory Committees

The Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education consults three key advisory committees to ensure community accountability and feedback on our activities, programs and services.

The Ryerson Advisory Committee

Student, staff and faculty representatives from various communities across the Ryerson campus

Rabbia Ashraf
Vice-President, Internal, CESAR

Mark Atia
Student Conduct Officer

Carey Barker
Director, HR Consulting & Special Projects

Jenny Carson
Professor, Department of History, Faculty of Arts

Siobhan Cassidy
Sexual Assault Student Support Line Coordinator, Centre for Women and Trans People, Ryerson Students’ Union

Nellie De Lorenzi
Director, Office of the Vice-Provost Faculty Affairs

Bronwyn Dickson
Counsellor, Centre for Student Development & Counselling

Michael Forbes
Manager, Public Affairs

Rabia Idrees
Vice-President, Equity, Ryerson Students’ Union

Imre Juulink
Program Director, Violence Risk Management Office

Heather Lane Vetere
Vice-Provost, Students

Akeisha Lari
Interim Coordinator, Student Life Programs

Lynn Lavallée
Professor, School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Services

Denise O'Neill Green
Assistant Vice-President/Vice-Provost, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

Christina Sass-Kortsak
Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources

Corey Scott
Equity & Campaigns Organizer, Ryerson Students’ Union

Brandon Smith
Residence Life & Education Coordinator

Ann Whiteside
Manager, Human Rights Services

Chaired by Farrah Khan

The Community Advisory Committee

Community organizations that work on issues of sexual violence

Healing Justice Advisory Committee

This committee is 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 of the advisory committee 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 Form. 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.

The 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.

          Full version of the policy

          Final report and recommendations