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Perspectives on responses to sexual assault

Facilitator: How do you think older members of your family would respond to this policy? Whether parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents. Tell me who you are thinking of and what would they say. Participant 1: “Your…

Does the victim have any word or say? Is there, like, different levels of sexual violence to somewhat determine the consequences? Because the policy currently states that the consequences may include but are not limited…

Participant 1: Yeah, like how does that stuff work when you’re an international student? Like, are there additions for you because you’re an international student, so your needs may be different from that of a…

[Some things I would ask myself if a friend came to be for support following a sexual assault would be:] are they willing to come forward and talk about what happened to them? How do…

Facilitator: Participant 1, how do you think your parents would respond to the policy? Participant 1: They wouldn’t listen. They would tell me, “Call the police! Call the embassy!” They will tell me, “Call all…

I know, like, when you think about sexual assault, you are like “Oh my gosh, we have to go and report this now.” I am being their friend first and then figuring out which steps,…

Facilitator: What are some things we would ask ourselves when making suggestions [to a friend who has been sexually assaulted]? What would we need to think about before giving advice? Participant 1: Did you give…

I think patience is important because, as we all stated before, people might not want to report immediately – the same way they might not want to talk about the experience they have had immediately.…

Participant 1: Yeah, don’t wash afterwards. Participant 2: Yeah, ’cause the DNA is still on you. Participant 3: Like, if something happened to your friend, you should ask if they showered. […] Participant 1: If…

I would say it would be beneficial if they were trained; so, they took training in how to deal with that particular situation. This way, they would be more understanding and more open to what…

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