For crisis intervention or mental distress: Provincial Mental Health and Addictions Crisis Line:

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Good2Talk: 1-833-292-3698
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Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program for the Halifax area:

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[If a friend discloses that they have been sexually assaulted], you should be very considerate and patient about how you deal with it, and stay strong; because you have to make sure you are supporting them every time. It's not just about a day, or a quick moment when they're opening up, telling you or reaching out to you; but it's also about making them feel like there is someone who can speak up, or [who] I can rely on. [...] You should make them feel like you can lift up this person [unclear]. So, I think educating yourself and being very patient and trying to act strong would kind of help. Because, when it comes to reality, it's not like the way we're discussing it. It's more about - even you are going to fake it sometimes, so that the person feels like, "yeah, I'm strong enough for handling [this]."


  • Use approaches that are trauma informed and survivor-centred.

  • Present learning materials in a way that is helpful to a friend supporting a victim/survivor.

  • Allow victim/survivors to share their experiences and seek support when they are ready. Offer information about time limits for reporting when applicable.

  • Ensure the policy is prominently situated and easy to locate on the university website.

  • Use multiple formats to deliver accessible education about the SV/SA policy during orientation and at least once per semester