Get Help - If You Have Experienced Sexual Violence and Misconduct
If you have an emergency situation, please call 911.
For campus support and response contact BCIT Security at 604-451-6856
BCIT recognizes that each incident of sexual violence and misconduct is unique. We are committed to working with individuals who have experienced sexual violence and misconduct to ensure they are provided with the support and resources that they need.
If you have experienced sexual violence and misconduct, ensure your own safety. If you are still at risk, call 911. Go to a safe place. This may be the home or room of a friend, or any place where you feel physically and emotionally safe. If you need support locating a safe place, contact campus security who will work with you to ensure your immediate safety.
Preserving any physical evidence is important, particularly if you decide to take legal action.
Tips on preserving physical evidence
To preserve physical evidence, you will have to try not to change anything about your body or the environment where the violence occurred. This means that you should not change your clothes, wash, drink, eat, take medications, or brush your hair.
Create a written diary of what happened. Record any details you remember. This can be important in legal proceedings.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Read more information about locations with specialized staff trained to provide sensitive and confidential care following a sexual assault.
Take care of yourself. Remember to do the things that make you feel better. Eat healthy foods, drink lots of water and get sleep.
Consider your options in relation to reporting the incident
You are strongly encouraged to inform BCIT's Safety, Security and Emergency Management (SSEM) department of the incident. SSEM is available 24/7/365 and will work with you to ensure your safety and respect your wishes. Alternatively, you may choose to inform any other employee of the institute who will work with SSEM. In all cases, BCIT will respect your confidentiality to the extent possible.
You may also pursue formal complaint options (non-criminal) as outlined in the BCIT Procedure 7103PR1 – Response to Sexual Violence and Misconduct. BCIT will follow up on all reported incidents of sexual violence and misconduct in a manner that supports the person who has experienced sexual violence and misconduct.
A report may be filed with the police at any time. You may report the incident without pursuing charges.
In an emergency dial 9-1-1. You may also wish to find contact information for local police department's non-emergency telephone numbers and BCIT security contacts for each BCIT campus.
If you are a student you may want to consider engaging with the Student Association Advocate who can work with you to support you and any of your needs at BCIT. Find the Student Advocate at the BCIT Student Association.
BCIT understands that sexual violence and misconduct can have serious negative impacts on an individual's physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and wellness. BCIT recognizes the possible traumatic effects of sexual violence and misconduct and encourages the efforts of individuals to seek support and recover.
The following resources are available to provide information and support in response to reports of sexual violence and misconduct.
On-Campus Resources for Students
- Safety Security and Emergency Management ("SSEM") 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: 604-451-6856 https://www.bcit.ca/safetyandsecurity/contact.shtml (also accessible by Code Blue or campus emergency telephones)
- Student Health Services at 604-432-8608
- Counselling and Student Development. BCIT students can make appointments in person at Counselling and Student Development in SE16-128 or by calling 604-432-8608. Counselling for students is free and confidential.
- Associate Director of Student Services at 604-431-4972
- Harassment & Discrimination Office at 604-432-8409
- Student Housing Department at 604-432-8677
- Student Association Advocate at 604-456-1161
On-Campus Resources for Employees
- Safety Security and Emergency Management ("SSEM") 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at: 604-451-6856 (also accessible by Code Blue or campus emergency telephones).
- BCIT Human Resources Department - Human Resources Advisor: call 604-432-8409 to reach the receptionist who can put you in touch with an advisor.
- Employee Family Assistance Program – Free, confidential counselling services for eligible BCIT employees 24/7. Counsellors are available to you 24 hours a day, 365 days per year. Call Homewood Health at 1-800-663-1142.
- Harassment & Discrimination Office at 604-432-8409.
- A Union Representative:
- Faculty and Staff Association reception: 604-432-8695 or BCGEU Vocational Bargaining Unit Chair: 604-432-1162
Off-Campus Medical Services
- Sexual Assault Service – BC Women's Hospital: 604-875-2881 (Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm) Vancouver General Hospital Emergency Department: (24 hours/day): 604-875-2881
- Fraser Health – Forensic Nursing Services at Surrey Memorial or Abbotsford Regional Hospital
- Surrey Memorial Hospital Emergency Department* – 604-581-2211
- Abbotsford Regional Hospital Emergency Department* - 604-851-4700
*- Treatment is offered free of charge and a Care Card/BC Services Card is not required.
Community Support Resources
- SMART (Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team) – a 24/7 crisis response team at 604-583-1295 that provides medical, legal and social services over the phone and in-person to anyone who has experienced a physical or sexual assault by a stranger or someone they know.
- VictimLink BC at 1-800-563-0808, a toll-free 24/7 multi lingual information and support line that provides information and referrals to anyone who has experienced sexual assaults or crime, and crisis support to anyone who has experienced family or sexual violence, including sexual assault, violence in relationships, elder abuse, and adults who have experienced physical or sexual abuse.
- Crime Assistance Program provides financial benefits to assist anyone who has experienced sexual assaults, their immediate family members, and witnesses in dealing with the effects of violent crime. Phone: toll free 1-866-660-3888
- Sexual Assault Crisis and Information – WAVAW (Women Against Violence Against Women): 604-255-6344 (24 hours/day)
- British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse is a non-profit society, established to provide therapeutic services for men who have been sexually abused at some time in their lives. Phone: 604-682-6482
- Qmunity Resource Centre provides counselling, resources, programs and peer support to the lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual communities. Qmunity also operates Prideline, a peer support, information and referral helpline Phone: 604-684-5307; or toll free, 1-800-566-1170.
- Vancouver Rape Relief and Women's Shelter at 604-872-8212 – a 24/7 crisis support service.