We’re always scared as international students
Paricipant 1: As an international student, how would, like - the criminal justice system, like [...], when you go to the police aspect-side [...] how, would that be like, would that be eligible in a way, cause I’m not a Canadian? [...]
Facilitator: That’s a good question. You know, we’re always scared as international students. We're scared, like, [...] how do I know I’m safe? How do I know that if I actually report this Canadian who harassed me, it will be taken care of? I mean, it’s their land. So, these are actually genuine, honest questions that people will ask. And these are the same questions that make people not to come [report] when they have this happen. So, these are very intelligent and genuine and honest and realistic, practical questions, to be very honest.
Use an app or other tool that allows students to anonymously ask questions about sexual violence and university policies against sexual violence.
Emphasize the victim's right to decide whether they would like to report the incident after they have disclosed it to the university. Ensure the victim is aware of the formal and informal routes for reporting, including the option of reporting to the police. Clearly communicate any limits to confidentiality.
Address legal concerns specific to international students, including whether reporting sexual assault could impact the immigration and/or visa status of the complainant or respondent. These issues should be addressed both in the policy itself and in educational materials and information sessions.