We're changing the conversation around sexual violence on campus and in our community. A violence-free culture involves everyone.
Support Each Other: Listen, Believe, Refer
Sexual assault is a serious crime and is never the fault of the survivor. If you're supporting someone who is opening you about experiences with sexual violence, use this carefully developed guide to supporting survivors.
Coming forward to share an experience or make a report is a difficult, personal and complex process. We are committed to ensuring survivors have access to the support, resources and information they need.
Selkirk College aims to establish a community of responsibility as we work toward a culture change. We offer Bringing in the Bystander Training, a workshop that supports safe intervention in situations where sexual violence might occur or when there are incidents of discriminatory or oppressive actions or language.
Students and Instructors can contact Healthy Campus to request this workshop.
Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Training
The Safer Campuses: Sexual Violence course explores sexual violence, consent and how to be an active bystander.
The course was collaboratively created as part of the BCcampus Sexual Violence Training and Resources Project, which was led by BCcampus and a working group of students, staff and faculty from BC post-secondary institutions. The project was funded by the BC Ministry of Post-Secondary Education & Future Skills.
On-campus resources and trusted services
Selkirk College's Sexual Violence Policy
In April 2016, the Provincial Government passed Bill 23, Sexual Violence and Misconduct Policy Act
The Act requires every public post‐secondary university, college and institute in B.C. to develop, implement and make publicly available on the institution’s website, a sexual misconduct policy that addresses sexual misconduct, including sexual misconduct prevention and responses to sexual misconduct and sets out procedures for:
Making a complaint of sexual misconduct involving a student
Making a report of sexual misconduct involving a student
Responding to a complaint of sexual misconduct involving a student
Responding to a report of sexual misconduct involving a student
Selkirk College adopted the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Policy, which takes a three-pronged approach: the policy itself, setting in place protocols and procedures as well as generating awareness through prevention strategies, training and specific initiatives.
The policy is woven into Selkirk College’s Student Code of Conduct, Standards of Employee Conduct as well as other College policies that set standards and give direction how members of the College community will interact with each other.
The False Allegation Myth
Discussion and debate around sexual assault often includes misinformation about false allegations being a common occurrence. Not only does this stereotype undermine a drive to change the culture of sexual violence, it harms victims. "It is estimated between 64 per cent and 96 per cent of victims do not report the crimes committed against them" because they believe the report will be met with disbelief - cites a research paper called False Allegations of Sexual Assault: An Analysis of Ten Years of Reported Cases. This report indicates false allegations occur in two and 10 per cent of cases.