Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence

Responding to Disclosures of Sexual Violence (Certificate)

According to the 2018, Student Voices on Sexual Violence Campus Climate Survey, more than 50% of students reported experiencing sexual harassment, and 1 in 5 students reported experiencing stalking and/or experiencing sexual acts without consent. Furthermore, only 1 in 5 students knew how to access supports and services for sexual violence.

Many students within the Faculty of Engineering experience harassment from classmates on a regular basis, impacting their learning and sense of personal safety. Students often bring concerns forward to, or confide in, instructors and other student facing roles. How we respond when someone discloses a traumatic event has a direct impact on the trajectory of recovery. We know that victims who receive a supportive response when they first disclose are more likely to continue to seek help and resources.

In this interactive workshop, attendees will develop tools, strategies, and resources to respond effectively to disclosures of sexual violence. While primarily focused on responding to student disclosures, the skills learned in this training are transferable to responding to disclosures made by co-workers and family members.

Please note: skills learned are also appropriate for supporting co-workers and family members who disclose.



  • Thursday, May 23rd, 10 am - 12 pm (online) register through portal.
  • Thursday, July 11th, 10 am - 12 pm (in-person) register through portal.



  • Tues,  May 28th 11:30am-1:30pm (online). Register through portal.
  • Wed, July 10th 1pm-3pm (in-person) Register through portal. 

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Poster available for download from the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office website


Jay Love

Jay Love

Jay Love is a Case Manager at the SVPRO who works directly with UW community members who have been affected by sexual and gender-based violence, supporting folks from a survivor-centred, compassionate, and anti-oppressive approach. Jay also delivers disclosure training and contributes to a variety of initiatives to end SGBV across the UW community and beyond. They believe that collaboration and collective care are essential to addressing and ultimately ending violence in its many forms.

In their downtime, you can find Jay reading, hiking, or relaxing in the sun with her favourite 2 & 4 legged beings.

Taneah Ugwuegbula

Taneah Ugwuegbula

Taneah Ugwuegbula is a Case Manager with the Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office, in which she supports those impacted by sexual violence in accessing resources and understanding the options available to them. Taneah provides campus-wide education on SV related topics such as responding to disclosures and consent culture. Taneah is passionate about creating safer spaces and providing support to individuals who have experienced sexual violence. Taneah is honored to be a part of the University of Waterloo community and always looks forward to engaging in meaningful conversations with students, staff, and faculty.