When a complaint is filed under the Sexual Violence Policy:
- The Coordinator will forward the complaint to the respondent.
- The coordinator will provide you with options for resolution: informal, or formal.
- If formal is desired, the coordinator will appoint an external investigator.
- The investigator will then contact both the respondent and the complainant to inform them that an investigation is being undertaken.
- The investigation process will entail interviews and written statements for the purpose of gathering facts and evidence.
- If at any point the person who filed the complainant decides that they would like to move to an informal resolution or end the process entirely it is absolutely their prerogative.
Are also supported through the SV-PRO, Student Affairs, the University's Employee's Assistance Program, Human Resources, Staff Unions and the Faculty Association.
The SV-PRO may put interim measures in place to ensure the safety of the person reporting or others in the community. Measures may be put in place to reduce contact between the parties, prevent retaliation, or avoid a hostile environment.
Option 2: Reporting to the Police
- It is your choice to report to the police:
- Every survivor has the right to weigh both options and shouldn’t be pressured to or not to report.
- You can report an assault at any time, there is no time limit on reporting or laying charges for sexual assault.
- How to report to the Police:
- Call 911, contact the police agency responsible for the area where the assault took place, or go to the hospital to get examined and inform the hospital staff that you want the police to be contacted.
- You can bring a support person with you if you choose, but they may be asked to leave during the actual interview.
- If you are reporting a recent assault, take any evidence you may have to the police. To preserve evidence it is best if you do not change your clothes, wash, shower or bathe, eat or drink, or brush your teeth.
- You can still report to the police if you do not have physical evidence.
(Adapted from PEIRSAC's After a Sexual Assault: Reporting to Police)
Option 3: Filing a Human Rights Complaint
If you have experienced discrimination, you may be able to file a complaint with the PEI Human Rights Commission http://www.gov.pe.ca/humanrights/. In order to file a complaint with the PEI Human Rights Commission, they need to know what happened, when it happened and where you were when it happened.