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SEXUAL VIOLENCE POLICY AND RESPONSE PROTOCOL

Download the MTEC Sexual Violence Policy and Response Protocol here

 
Issued By: Shannon Fontaine, CEO
Effective Date: July 1, 2017
Last Revised: July 1, 2017
Next Review Date: July 1, 2021
 

1. PURPOSE AND INTRODUCTION

The Manitoba Tourism Education College (hereinafter referred to as MTEC) is committed to the health, safety and wellbeing of all staff, administrators, instructors and students. MTEC recognizes sexual violence as an issue and is committed to raise awareness and prevention of sexual violence, including sexual violence through the use of social media or other forms of digital communications.
 
At MTEC we also recognize that some populations are more vulnerable to sexual violence than others (ex. Indigenous women, women living with cogitative or physical disabilities, newcomer women and women from ethnocultural communities, individuals within the LGBT2SQ+ community, international students).

2. DEFINITIONS

  1. Sexual violence is defined as any sexual act or act targeting a person's sexuality, gender identity or gender expression — whether the act is physical or psychological in nature — that is committed, threatened or attempted against a person without the person's consent, and includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, stalking, indecent exposure, voyeurism and sexual exploitation.
  2. Consent means that both people in a sexual encounter must agree to it, and either person may decide at any time that they no longer consent and want to stop the activity. Consenting to one behavior does not obligate a person to consent to any other behaviors. Consenting on one occasion also does not obligate a person to consent on any other occasion. Consent must be voluntary, enthusiastic and sober.
  3. “Complainant”: for the purpose of this Policy means an individual who identifies their experience as Sexual Violence.
  4. “Person Accused”: for the purpose of this Policy means any person against whom an allegation or formal complaint of Sexual Violence is made.

3. POLICY

PART ONE – EDUCATION AND AWARENESS
 
Disclosure:
  1. Anyone can disclose information regarding Sexual Violence. A disclosure does not normally trigger an investigation or formal procedure, but may result in Supports.
  2. No actions can be taken against a Person Accused solely on the basis of a Disclosure.
  3. Disclosures which raise a reasonable concern regarding broader public safety may result in information being shared with the City of Winnipeg Police Service.
Supports:
Once a disclosure is made and regardless of whether a formal complaint is submitted, MTEC will provide Supports which will be sensitive to the circumstances identified by the Complainant and will allow Complainants to:
  1. be treated with compassion, dignity and respect;
  2. be informed about community resources;
  3. be informed about disclosing and reporting options and the limits to confidentiality associated with each option;
  4. be provided with appropriate forms of academic consideration and other supports based on demonstrated need;
  5. be provided with assistance in formulating a safety plan (a set of objectives and strategies identified by the Complainant to help promote ongoing safety and prevent future incidents);
  6. decide whether to file a formal complaint internally (within MTEC) or external to MTEC; and
  7. have reasonable and necessary actions taken to prevent further unwanted contact with the Person Accused.

PART TWO – COMPLAINT AND RESPONSE PROTOCOL

College:
 
  1. A Complainant may bring forward any instances they identify as Sexual Violence to the Health and Safety Representative at MTEC. The Complainant will then determine if they wish to file a formal complaint against the Person Accused. The filing of a formal complaint will trigger procedures involving documentation, investigation and if appropriate, formal proceedings. The Complainant may choose not to request an investigation and have the right not to participant in any proceeding.
  2. Formal complaints which raise a reasonable concern regarding broader public safety may result in information being shared with the City of Winnipeg Police Service.
 
Criminal:
 
3. A criminal complaint may be filed directly with the City of Winnipeg Police Service.
 
PART THREE – REPORTING
 
Any activity under this Policy and the results will be made public on the MTEC website to ensure accountability and public transparency.
 
PART FOUR – TRAINING
 
All staff, administrators, instructors and students will receiving training on this Policy. Staff, administrators and instructors are invited to a training session where the Policy will be reviewed and questions will be answered. This training session will occur upon implementation and again after each revision of the Policy. The Policy will also be included in all students orientation training as well as be available to all on the MTEC website to increase awareness and prevention of sexual violence.
 

4. POLICY DEVELOPMENT AND REVIEW

This Sexual Violence Policy was developed by the Safety and Health Representative at MTEC in consultation with the CEO and students. Feedback was solicited to students by way of an online email questionnaire. We at MTEC are committed to reviewing this Policy every 4 years, or when legislation changes, in consultation with the Safety and Health Representative, the CEO and our students.
 
LIST OF ATTACHMENTS
 
Manitoba Government
Manitoba’s “You Are Not Alone” website
This Link contains comprehensive information on responding to sexual violence and supporting survivors.
 
Victim services
  • Manitoba Justice - Child Victim Support Service
  • Manitoba Justice - Compensation for Victims of Crime
  • Manitoba Justice - Domestic Violence Support Service
  • Manitoba Justice - Victim Rights Support Service
  • Brandon Police Victim Services
  • Pembina Valley Victim Services (includes Altona, Morden and Winkler)
  • Winnipeg Police Victim Services Section
Counselling services
  • Klinic Sexual Assault Crisis Counselling
  • Manitoba Farm and Rural Support Services
  • Mount Carmel Clinic
  • The Laurel Centre
  • Women’s Health Centre
  • Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre (north-eastern Manitoba)
Law enforcement
  • To report an emergency, call 911
  • To report a crime (i.e. sexual assault), contact your local law enforcement:
  • Winnipeg Police Service - Sex Crimes Unit 204-986-6222
     - To speak with a detective in confidence, call: 204-986-6245
  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police Detachment Office
  • Altona Police Service (residents of Altona and Plum Coulee)
     - 24hour line: 204-324-5353
     - General inquiries: 204-324-5373
  • Brandon Police Service (residents of Brandon)
     - 24hour line: 204-729-2345
  • Dakota Ojibway Police Service
     - Birdtail Sioux Detachment: 204-568-4621
     - Canupawakpa Detachment: 204-854-2953
     - Roseau River Detachment: 204-427-3383
     - Sandy Bay Detachment: 204-843-7700
     - Waywayseecappo Detachment : 204-859-5070
     - Long Plain Detachment: 204-252-4480
  • Sainte-Anne Police Service (residents of the Town of Sainte-Anne)
     - 24hour line: 204-422-8209
  • Winkler Police Service
     - Daytime phone (9:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday): 204-325-0829
     - After hours: 204-325-9990
  • Morden Police Service
     - Daytime phone (9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday): 204-822-6292
     - After hours: 204-822-4900
Shelter / emergency residential services

For confidential information and help, call 1-877-977-0007 TTY: 1-888-987-2829.

Visit http://www.manitoba.ca/stoptheviolence for a list of services available in Manitoba for victims of domestic or family violence.

Cultural services
  • Ka Ni Kanichihk - Heart Medicine Lodge
    • Ka Ni Kanichihk’s Heart Medicine Lodge provides culturally-based support and advocacy services for Indigenous women and those who identify as women who have experienced sexual assault and sexual violence. The program was launched in 2016 as part the Winnipeg Safe City, partner in UN Women’s Safe Cities and Safe Public Spaces Initiative.

      Phone: 204-953-5820
      Toll free: 1-888-953-5264
      Text: 204-232-5445
      Email: rbach@kanikanichihk.ca
Health services
Please visit the Manitoba Health website for a list of public health services available in your area.
 
Legal services
 
  • Community Legal Education Association
    • The Law Phone-in and Lawyer Referral Program
      205 - 414 Graham Avenue
      Winnipeg MB R3C OL8
      Phone (for legal questions):204-943-2305
      Toll free: 1-800-262-8800 (outside Winnipeg)
      Email: info@communitylegal.mb.ca
    • Legal Help Centre
      Portage Place Shopping Centre
      Unit 202, 393 Portage Avenue
      Winnipeg, MB R3B 3H6
      Phone: 204-258-3096
      Email: info@legalhelpcentre.ca
      Drop in hours are: Tuesdays and Fridays from 1:00 – 4:30 p.m.
Crisis services
 
  • Sexual Assault Crisis Line (24/7)
    Toll free: 1-888-292-7565
    Winnipeg: 204-786-8631
    TTY: 204-784-4097
     
  • Klinic Crisis Line (24/7)
    Toll free: 1-888-322-3019
    Winnipeg: 204-786-8686
    TTY: 204-784-4097
     
  • Survivor’s Hope Crisis Centre Inc. (North-Eastern Manitoba)
    204-753-5353
    Manitoba Suicide Prevention & Support Line (24/7)
    Toll free: 1-877-435-7170
    TTY: 204-784-4097
     
  • Deaf Access Counselling (24/7)
    TTY: 204-784-4097
    Human Trafficking Hotline (24/7)
    1-844-333-2211
     
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Line (24/7)
    Toll free: 1-877-977-0007
    Other Help Lines
    Kids Help Phone
    1-800-668-6868
     
  • Manitoba Farm, Rural & Northern Support Services
    Toll free: 1-866-367-3276
    Winnipeg: 204-571-4180
    Monday-Friday: 10:00 a.m. to – 9:00 p.m.
     
  • Seniors Abuse Support Line
    24 hour crisis: 1-888-896-7183
Please note you can also visit You Are Not Alone for the most up to date list of services available in Manitoba. https://www.gov.mb.ca/youarenotalone/
 
 

Download the MTEC Sexual Violence Policy and Response Protocol here