Due to the series of sexual assault reports at Ryerson since the beginning of school year, the Ryerson Student Union held two emergency meetings last week to discuss the series of events and what the university can do to ensure the safety of students on and around campus.
There was some great discussion and pointers in regards to what has happened. Here are a few important takeaways/suggestions for students and staff:
REACH OUT AND SEEK HELP
If you are a victim of a sexual assault, do not be hesitant, embarrassed or ashamed of what has happened. Speak up so people can help you, as there are countless outlets who offer support. Reach out.
CHECK EACH OTHER AT ALL TIMES
It is the community’s responsibility to look out for one another. We must be alert of our surroundings; not just for ourselves, but for everyone– on the street, on public transit, at the busiest location, in the mall. We must keep our eyes open for each other at all times.
DO NOT BE SHY TO QUESTION THE SITUATION
Although it can be difficult to gauge whether or not it’s your place to say something or question what is happening between two people, if you don’t have a good feeling about what you see, go for it. It’s totally worth those few seconds, regardless of the outcome.
COME AND SHOW YOUR SUPPORT, EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT THE TARGET
For meetings like this past one, it was great to see such a diverse crowd with a lot of informative feedback to share. Although the recent sexual assault reports were on females, it is important that EVERYONE comes out to the meeting to show their support and educate themselves some more on the different opinions and plans to move forward.
Yes it might be uncomfortable if you feel you have nothing to contribute, but just your physical presence and the fact that you support the need to have open discussions, is enough for those directly affected.
*Security Watch also sent out an e-mail informing students that we will now be receiving regular e-mail notices of incidents.*
Due to the sensitive nature, students have the option to opt-out of the e-mails.