Sexual Assault Resource Centre’s Official Launch is Nov. 11

Concordia’s Sexual Assault Resource Centre’s doors officially open on Nov. 11.

The initiative, announced last spring, was launched by the university after a two-year campaign by the Centre for Gender Advocacy.

Housed on the third floor of the GM Building, the centre’s Coordinator Jennifer Drummond is working with volunteers to create programming including advocacy, crisis intervention, referrals, accompaniment and building a resource library.

“We know the statistics behind sexual assault on campuses, that one in four students are sexually assaulted during their post-secondary career,” Centre for Gender Advocacy Programming and Campaigns Coordinator Bianca Mugyenyi told The Link in April, citing a survey done by the University of Alberta.

Drummond is a social work graduate from McGill who has experience at the Montreal General Hospital and the Montreal Sexual Assault Centre. She is also the board president at Stella, the Montreal-based sex worker advocacy group.

She is working under a one-year, full-time contract with Concordia Counselling and Development, as the centre is funded by the university. This model differs from the Sexual Assault Centre of the McGill Students’ Society, which is run by student union and housed in the union-owned building.