Information Box Group
Community members who experience sexual violence or who receive a disclosure of sexual violence are encouraged to contact:
Hagar Akua Prah
Consultant on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response
Reception – Room 104 University Hall
Our services are available to all members of the McMaster community, including undergraduate, graduate, and continuing education students, staff, faculty, medical residents, volunteers, visitors and visiting professors, and institutional administrators and officials representing McMaster University.
Inclusive, Trauma-Informed Response
Community members who disclose and experience of sexual violence can expect that the Consultant for Sexual Violence Prevention and Response will:
- consider safety measures that may be necessary;
- refer the individual for medical services as needed;
- actively and empathically listen to their needs and concerns without judgement;
- share reporting options available;
- clarify commitments to confidentiality and its limits;
- explain the difference between disclosure and reporting;
- make a referral to police if the individual chooses that option
- conduct a complaint intake if the individual chooses that option;
- assist with navigating any relevant University systems and procedures;
- facilitate workplace, academic, and/or residence accommodations;
- consider differing cultural needs and offer/refer to culturally relevant supports;
- provide information about and referral to campus and community services;
- liaise with relevant partners to ensure coordinated response and support;
- facilitate ongoing assessment, planning and case management.
PEDaSUS will not be taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic. Please contact email@example.com for more information about individual support, which continues to operate virtually.
Information Box Group
PEGaSUS is a 10-week psycho-educational group for survivors of sexual assault designed for students of all genders who have experienced sexual assault. PEGaSUS offers:
- A supportive space open to students of all genders
- A confidential space to connect with others through mutual support and group education
- An opportunity to recognize strengths, build resilience, and work towards self-empowerment
Dates and Times
Pegasus is offered in both the fall and winter terms. Check back here in late summer for fall 2020 details.
Week 1: Effects of sexual assault
Week 2: Fear and anger
Week 3: Sadness and grief
Week 4: Shame, guilt and self-blame
Week 5: Managing triggers and flashbacks
Week 6: Healthy coping and self-care
Week 7: Self-esteem, boundaries and assertiveness
Week 8: Intimacy, sexuality and body image
Week 9: Resilience, hope and empowerment
Week 10: Social connection and support system
For inquiries related to PEGaSUS, contact Hagar Akua Prah, M.Ed., R.S.W. (Consultant on Sexual Violence Prevention and Response) at firstname.lastname@example.org.