Nova Scotia RCMP say they responded to a complaint at the Wolfville campus at about 1 a.m. on Sept. 2.
CBC Investigates: Sex assault reporting on Canadian campuses worryingly low, say experts
Const. Mark Skinner said police are not releasing the name of the accused or the location of the alleged assault to protect the identity of the victim.
Police say the man was arrested on Sept. 4 and spent the weekend in custody. He appeared in Kentville provincial court on Monday and was released under conditions. The accused is allowed to attend class.
The first day of class!
In an email sent out to Acadia students by Acadia University‘s vice-president of enrolment and student services, Susan Mesheau, said, “Students, we consider any sexual offense to be unacceptable and urge you to be aware of the many resources that are available to you and to feel free — at any time — to contact any one of the professional resources on campus. Please look out for each other, stay informed, know what we all can do to protect our personal safety and how we can help and support victims.”
A CBC News investigation earlier this year found when the data is adjusted for population, Acadia University had the highest number of reports of sexual assaults. According to experts, in general, figures for reporting sexual assault on campus remain “worryingly low.”
Dalhousie University in Halifax is piloting a 24-hour sexual assault and harassment phone line. The Student Union hopes it will become a permanent fixture at the school. This would be a good feature at every school.
The number is (902) 425-1066.
My thoughts and prayers are with the Acadia student.[su_divider top=”no” divider_color=”#006699″] If you have been sexually assaulted and need help please contact your nearest sexual assault centre or your local police department.