Concordia's Sexual Assault Resource Centre (SARC) was founded in 2013 by JD Drummond, the current manager, and is the first point of contact for situations of sexual violence. With the permission of the survivor, the SARC manager will call together the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) to coordinate internal and external resources depending on each case.
The SARC emerged from discussions between students and key staff members. A need was identified for the university to have a dedicated resource person, a space, services and educational programming on prevention and response to sexual violence.
The SARC, now housed within the Equity Office, offers confidential and non-judgmental support and services to Concordia students, staff and faculty impacted by sexual violence and intimate partner violence, regardless of when or where the violence occurred. The SARC has grown to include two full-time social workers, a facilitator, project coordinator and service assistant.
Through education and raising awareness, the centre is committed to preventing sexual violence on campus and beyond.
Why we need your help
Experiencing sexual assault can take a tremendous toll on mental health, and can impact the day-to-day functioning of survivors, including the ability to continue university studies. Research suggests that early intervention can have a significant positive effect on the reduction of long-term distress and other possible negative outcomes.
Donations will boost emergency funding to help offset expenses that can be incurred after a traumatic incident of this nature, such as the cost of private psychological support, moving costs, emergency housing or transportation expenses.
This fund is limited to survivors who do not have access to other options for immediate and ongoing counselling within the university or the community, and who are experiencing a significant impact on their functioning and ability to continue their studies.
Please give generously to help us provide students with the tools and resources they need to heal from the trauma of sexual and intimate partner violence.
Help provide vital psychological support and resources to Concordia students who have experienced sexual assault.