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If you have been affected by sexual violence and/or other forms of gender-based violence, know that it is not your fault.

Consent Comes First is here for you. Our team can connect you to services, help you think through your options and take a breath. We provide support to Ryerson community members including students, faculty, staff and in some cases alumni, who have been affected by sexual violence. It doesn't matter when, with who or how the violence occurred, we are here to listen and support. To learn more about services go here.

With your consent, we can help you with: 

  • Understanding the reporting options available to you
  • Navigating systems and resources within the university and the community
  • Connecting and accompaniment to legal, housing or health services 
  • Coordinating academic considerations and workplace accomodations
  • Connecting to financial support
  • Providing safety planning (online, physical, emotional)
  • Exploring self-care resources 
  • Referrals to counselling, health services & legal support
  • Coordinating translation and interpretation support 
  • Providing communication support (ghostwritten emails, brainstorming how to have difficult conversations, responding to harassment)
  • Meeting with parents/partners and loved ones

Below are community services based in the GTA for people affected by sexual violence and gender-based violence. We know that they may not cover the needs that some people have. Please contact Consent Comes First at osvse@ryerson.ca, to support you in finding services tailored to your needs, navigating supports, and help you determine what would be helpful. 

Consent Comes First (Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education)

T: 416.979.5000 ext.3596  E: osvse@ryerson.ca

You have access to our support regardless if you were impacted by sexual violence that happened on- or off-campus, or if you experienced sexual violence before you came to Ryerson.

With your consent we can help you with:

  • Navigating systems and resources within the university and the community
  • Self-care resources
  • Academic considerations and workplace accommodations
  • Referrals to counselling and medical services
  • Understanding the reporting options available
  • Safety Planning

Other On-Campus Resources

  • Security, opens in new window24-hour emergency response, including crisis intervention/emergency management and referral. They provide safety planning and can assist you in making a report to the police if you choose to. Walk Safe program and free self-defense courses available. Dial (80) from internal phones or call 416-979-5040
  • Centre for Student Development and Counselling: Provides confidential, on-campus, individual and group counselling. 416-979-5195
  • Ryerson Medical Centre, opens in new window: You can obtain medical attention at the Ryerson Medical Centre during regular business hours but they cannot provide specialized sexual assault care. They can test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) or pregnancy. If necessary, referrals to local hospitals or specialists can be arranged. Payment through OHIP or a similar out-of province insurance plan is required. 416-979-5070
  • Housing and Residence Life: Direct connection to the professional staff Residence Life On Call personnel, Residence Advisors (RA) on-call and/or Residence Service Desk (RSD) Agents; personal connection/referrals to the Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education, and the Centre for Student Development and Counselling. 416-979-5000, ext. 5284
  • Aboriginal Student Services, opens in new window: A culturally supportive environment where all First Nations, Aboriginal, Inuit, Metis, status and non-status students can balance academic learning with traditional teachings. 416-979-5000, ext. 7699
  • Academic Accommodation Support:, opens in new window Academic accommodation support for students who have singular or multiple disabilities such as learning disabilities, sensory impairments, acquired brain injuries, ADHD, and mental health, medical, and mobility issues.
  • Human Rights Services, opens in new window: Support for the Ryerson community, promoting a study, work and living environment free of discrimination and harassment based on prohibited grounds (e.g. race, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability, religion, etc.). Human Rights Services manages an informal and formal complaint process. 416-979-5349
  • Ryerson Students' Union (RSU) Centre for Safer Sex & Sexual Violence Support , external link, opens in new window
  • Ryerson Students' Union (RSU) Legal Advice and Referral Services: Legal advice related to family and criminal law, legal procedures and documents, and dealings with lawyers. 416-979-5255
  • Continuing Education Students' Association of Ryerson (CESAR) Students Rights Coordinator:, external link CESAR's Student Rights Coordinator can assist with grade appeals or standing, charges of academic misconduct or other issues at the university. They can guide you through the university's policies to protect your student rights. 416-979-5000 ext. 1-7056
  • Ombudsperson Office: A confidential information, advice and assistance resource for those who wish to address what they believe to be unfair treatment at the university. 416-979-5000, ext. 7450
  • Distress Line — 24/7 line for if you are in crisis, feeling suicidal or in need emotional support (phone: 416–408–4357)
  • Good2Talk — 24/7 hour line for postsecondary students (phone: 1–866–925–5454)
  • LGBTQ Youth Line 4:00–9:30 PM Sunday-Friday (Toll-Free: 1–800–268–9688 Text: 647–694–4275)
  • Trans Lifeline Hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people 24/7 ( Toll free : 1–877–330–6366)
  • Support Service for Male Survivors of Sexual Assault: 24/7 (Phone: 1–888–887–0015)

PDF fileA guide for friends and family of survivors of sexual assault, external link, opens in new window — A great resource to better understanding sexual violence, how you can help, possible effects of the assault, self-care tips for you and the survivor, and more.

Dispelling Myths about Sexual Assault , external link, opens in new window— A resource that speaks about false ideas that shame and blame survivors of sexual assault for the violence that was committed against them (rather than holding abusers responsible for their actions).

Allies in Healing, By Laura Davis, external link, opens in new window (Book) — Few books exist that are for supporting loved ones who have experienced sexual violence. This book is meant for partners of survivors of childhood sexual assault but will have important relevant information for anyone who is supporting someone with trauma.

Sexual violence impacts more than just the person who experienced it first-hand. Sometimes, when someone we love has experienced a traumatic event it can cause secondary trauma, or vicarious trauma, to the people around them. It is just as important to take care of yourself as it is to take care of the survivor. Please practice self-care.

Books:

  • Allies in Healing: When the Person You Love Was Sexually Abused as a Child by Laura Davis
  • The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse, 20th Anniversary Edition by Ellen Bass and Laura Davis. A workbook is also available.
  • Victims No Longer: The Classic Guide for Men Recovering from Sexual Child Abuse by Mike Lew