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Prevention and Response on Sexual Assault

A Statement from Leo Groarke, President & Vice-Chancellor

Trent University is committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment, in which all members of the Trent community are treated with respect and dignity. We strive for an environment free from all harassment and violence, but recognize that sexual assault is a serious problem in society, and that Trent’s campuses are not immune.

Recent media reports have brought attention the issue of sexual assault at universities. Trent University has a number of policies and resources that address sexual assault involving any member of the Trent community. At Trent, we focus on working supportively with anyone who has reported being sexually assaulted, by providing both immediate and longer-term resources, and by empowering them to choose the course of action that best suits them.

As an educational institution, Trent is seeking to inform our community about this important subject. To provide more information, resources and encourage a better understanding of sexual assault, how it can be prevented and how victims can safely report, the University is developing a comprehensive website on sexual assault. In the meantime, anyone who has concerns about sexual assault may access support through any of the contacts listed below to confidentially discuss their concerns.

Trent will continue to send a strong message that sexual violence, assault and harassment are unacceptable, and we will all strive to ensure a safe and fulfilling learning and working environment for our students, faculty and staff.


Leo Groarke, PhD
President & Vice-Chancellor



Information on our policies on can be found at the following links:  




Ruth Walker, Clinical Team Leader, Student Health Services:  905-721-3037. Suite 111- Blackburn Hall The Clinical Team Leader of Student Health Services is the key point of contact on the Peterborough campus for responding to sexual assault of a student. She will meet with the student to assess the student’s needs and refer them for further care according to their situation and wishes.

  • Julia Anderson, Centre for Human Rights, Equity and Accessibility,, 705.748.1011 ext 7725.  
  • Louise Fish, Director Risk Management, phone (705)748-1011 ext. 7375, email  
  • Campus Security 705-748-1328, or ext 1333 in an emergency, email
  • Trent Counselling Centre. Blackburn Hall, Suite 113 Phone: (705) 748-1386, email
  • Trent Housing Services. Blackburn Hall, Suite 129. Phone (705) 748-1011 x 7127, email or contact your residence don/college residence life co-ordinator


Corinn Phillips, Personal Counsellor, Trent University Durham (905) 435-5102




Women’s Health Care Centre, Peterborough Regional Health Centre: 705-743-2121 Ext. 0 and switchboard will contact the on-call Women’s Health Care Centre Registered Nurse. Their Sexual Assault Response team is available twenty-four hours a day through the Emergency Department at Peterborough Regional Health Centre.  If you have been assaulted you can go to: Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Emergency Department, 1 Hospital Drive Peterborough.

For more information available at

Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre: 24-hour crisis line (705) 741-0260, website


  • Durham Region Domestic Violence / Sexual Assault Care Centre (Lakeridge Health) 905-576-8711
  • 24 hour crisis line. Counselling and referrals for male/female sexual assault victims, all ages.
  • Durham Rape Crisis Centre 905-668-9200 24 hour counselling and support groups for recent or past abuse.
  • Herizon House - Ajax-Pickering Women’s Centre 24 hour crisis line. 1-866-437-4066
  • The Denise House (Shelter) – Oshawa 905-728-7311 or 1-800-263-3725 24 hour crisis line for abused women, counselling, children’s programs.
  • Distress Centre Durham 905-430-2522 or 1-800-452-0688 24 hour telephone counselling, crisis and suicide intervention and referral

Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014.

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