UNB hires sexual assault support advocates to foster trust, safety on campus

October 5, 2016

The University of New Brunswick has hired two sexual assault support advocates to offer students with new venues for reporting sexual assault, asking questions, and receiving other support services. CBC reports that one of the core features of these new staff roles is that they will not be required to report cases of sexual assault to police. UNB Vice-President George MacLean said that the counsellors will also provide support to New Brunswick Community College and St Thomas University, in addition to their service at UNB’s Fredericton and Saint John campuses. “Mostly what would they need to feel safe here on campus. That would be my job to make them feel safe here on campus, [for them] to go to classes, to go to meal halls, to be among people and feel comfortable and empowered,” said Support Advocate Maggie Forsythe. CBC | UNB