Connect to Services
We can assist you in navigating all these services and supports, and help you determine what you need.
Consent Comes First (Office of Sexual Violence Support and Education)
T: 416.979.5000 ext.3596 E: email@example.com
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: 24-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: 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: 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: 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: 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) Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line, external link: The RSU Sexual Assault Survivor Support Line works to provide peer-to-peer support for survivors of gender-based violence. The support line is open Monday to Friday 12pm – 9pm. 416-260-0100
- Centre for Women and Trans People, external link: A safe and inclusive place for all self-identified women, trans people and non-binary individuals on campus. Provides educational pamphlets, referrals and resources on issues that include racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, eating disorders, housing, sexual assault, pro-choice resources, violent relationships, support programs, women’s health and many more. Men are welcome to use the resources, but need to be let in. 416-979-5255, ext. 2350
- 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) Legal Clinic, external link: Free, in-house legal services to CESAR members with in-house lawyer, Bill Reid. Book online appointment.
- 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
- Women’s College Hospital Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre, external link: If you have been assaulted within the past week, this support is available 24-hours a day, seven days a week. Women, men, and trans people who are survivors of sexual assault and/or domestic/intimate partner violence can access this support. 416-323-6040
- Sexual Assault Centres in Ontario, external link: Confidential and free counselling to survivors of recent and historical sexual assault throughout Ontario. Contact a centre to ask about individual or group counselling. Also provide 24-hour, confidential crisis line to reach a counsellor by phone.
- Victim Services Toronto, external link: Assists people in crisis, 24-hours a day, seven days a week in the immediate aftermath of crime or tragedy. 416-808-7066
- Good2Talk, external link: 24/7 confidential helpline for post-secondary students in Ontario providing referrals about services and supports for mental health, addictions and well-being. 1-866-925-5454
- LGBT Youth Line, external link: Provides confidential phone and text support for 2LGBTQA youth, operating Sunday - Friday 4pm - 9:30PM. Phone: 1-800-268-9688 Text: 647-692-0777
- Trans Lifeline, external link: 24/7 Confidential hotline staffed by transgender people for transgender people. 1-877-330-6366
- Hope 24/7, external link: Provides a 24/7 crisis line, online crisis chat, individual therapy, therapeutic groups and workshops for Peel region. 1-800-810-0180
- Toronto Police Services, external link: If you are in immediate danger, call 911. For all other safety issues, call 416-808-2222.
- Family Service Toronto, external link: Provides professional, short-term, individual, couple and family counseling for people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer (LGBTQ). 416-595-9618
- Central Toronto Youth Services - Pride and Prejudice Program, external link: Programs for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, queer, Two-Spirit and questioning youth, ages 13-24. Includes "Yo- Yoga" which is an 8-week trauma sensitive yoga program. 416-924-2100
- Paths of Courage Residential Healing Centre, external link: One-of-a-kind program, pioneered by the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte & District. This one-week program is free of cost and provides assault survivors with opportunities to heal, transform and become empowered, while surrounded by nature.
- Assaulted Women’s Helpline, external link: 24-hour telephone support and counselling available in several languages. 416-863-0511
- Barbara Schlifer Clinic, external link: Provides counselling, legal information, interpreters and referral for women who have been physically or sexually abused. 416-323-9149
- Fred Victor Centre, external link: 24/7 Drop-in for women located in the Adelaide Resource Centre offers a warm, safe and welcoming space with access to health services on site. 416-392-9292
- Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape, external link: Crisis intervention, counselling and referral for survivors of rape/sexual assault. Open 24 hours. 416-597-8808
- Women’s Support Network of York Region, external link: Provides free, confidential services for women who have experienced sexual violence. 905-895-7313
- Oasis centre des femmes, external link: Support for francophone women in the GTA and Halton-Peel who are survivors of sexual assault. 416-591-6565
- Fem'Aide, external link: Offers French-speaking women who have experienced gender-based violence, support, information and referral to appropriate front-line services within their communities, 24/7. 1-877-336-2433
- Family Service Toronto: Provides counselling programs for male survivors of sexual violence. Confidential counselling services are provided free-of-charge up to eight sessions. 416-595-9618
- One in Six, external link: Canada’s knowledge centre on male sexual trauma and recovery.
- Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse: Provides help for male survivors of sexual abuse, both recent and historical. The program is the first of its kind in Canada and is delivered by agencies across the province. Survivors also have access to a 24-hour, multilingual, toll-free phone line for immediate crisis and referral services. 1-866-887-0015
- Sick Kids’ Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program, external link: Care, support and assessment to children and teenagers who may have been maltreated, and their families. The SCAN Program provides a link between SickKids and community doctors and hospitals, Children's Aid Societies, police, schools and other community agencies. 416-813-6275
- The Gatehouse, external link: The Gatehouse offers support groups for adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse as well as partners. 416-255-5900
- 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 — 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.
For Friends, Family & Partners — A guide that helps you explore that how it feels to when a loved one is sexually assaulted. It includes self-care and tips on being an ally.
A Letter of Advice for Friends, Family, and Supporters of Survivors, external link — On supporting survivors.
Dispelling Myths about Sexual Assault , external link— 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 (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.
- Self-Care for Friends and Family, external link — For tips on how to take care of yourself while supporting your child
- Trauma Stewardship: An Everyday Guide to Caring for Self While Caring for Others, external link (book) by Connie Burk and Laura van Dernoot Lipsky
- 11 Truths Every Survivor of Intimate Partner Violence Needs to Know, external link
- 6 Ways to Confront Your Friend Who’s Abusing their Partner, external link
- 5 Common Ways Our Communities Fail to Address Intimate Partner Violence, external link
- PDF fileThe Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities, external link
- 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