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The following are free external 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, to support you  find services, 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:

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

  • 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.

A Letter of Advice for Friends, Family, and Supporters of Survivors, external link, opens in new window — On supporting survivors.

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.


  • 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