A truly supportive community is one that is trauma-informed and survivor-centered.
This means understanding survivors to be the experts in their lives, and able to choose what is best for them at a particular moment in time. Respect for the diverse ways that survivors make sense of their experiences and choose to move forward is essential.
Build a community that supports survivors
Listen to, and believe survivors when they disclose to you
Remind a survivor that it was not their fault; the only person responsible for sexual violence is the person (or people) who chose to cause harm.
Get involved with groups or organizations that work to raise awareness about sexual violence, find out about volunteering with SARC, or contact the LIVE centre for information about volunteering at organizations in Montreal.
Sexual Assault Resource Centre
We are open to all Concordia students, staff, and faculty.