Sexual assault is defined as any type of unwanted sexual act done by one person to another that violates the sexual integrity of the victim and involves a range of behaviours from any unwanted touching to penetration.
Sexual assault is characterized by a broad range of behaviours that involve the use of force, threats,or control towards a person, which makes that person feel uncomfortable, distressed, frightened,
threatened, or that is carried out in circumstances in which the person has not freely agreed, consented to, or is incapable of consenting to.
Seneca's Sexual Assault and Sexual Violence Policy policy promotes safety on campuses as well as everyone’s rights and responsibilities. The policy provides precise definitions of sexual assault and sexual violence, sets clear standards for reporting and responding to incidents of sexual violence and establishes clear processes for complaints and investigations.
What to do if you have been sexually assaulted:
- Call 911 or Campus Security immediately
- Find a safe location away from the perpetrator
- Preserve all evidence (do not bathe, wash or change your clothes)
- Seek medical attention as soon as possible even if you don’t have any visible physical injuries
- Seek assistance from Seneca’s Counselling and Accessibility Services if additional support is needed
Emergency Dialing Guidelines for Sexual Assault:
- For campus emergencies requiring Police, Fire Department or Ambulance, dial 911.
- For Campus Security assistance with emergencies, call 416-491-5050 ext. 88.