Sexual Violence Support & Resources
St. Thomas University students have access to Sexual Violence Support Advocates Hilary Swan and Maggie Forsythe who, together, offer support to survivors of sexual violence. This goes beyond providing resources and allows survivors to develop a personal connection with someone and find a safe place to feel heard, believed, and validated while they work to explore options available to survivors.
The CSASA office is located in George Martin Hall Room 203, and they are available by appointment. For more information or to make a referral for your self or someone else, please contact:
Serving the STU community, in partnership with Sexual Violence New Brunswick (SVNB), Maggie and Hilary bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to STU in supporting individuals who have been impacted by sexual assault as well as enhancing the response and prevention of sexual violence in our communities.
Since 2016, Sexual Violence New Brunswick (SVNB) has worked in collaboration with partners from STU, UNB, and NBCC to implement a tri-campus sexual assault strategy that focuses on areas of Counselling and Advocacy, Prevention and Awareness, Education, and Policy Development. This multi-faceted approach is coordinated by the CSASAs but is fulfilled by many team members of SVNB. In May 2020, the tri-campus partners signed an agreement with SVNB to continue offering services for an additional five years.
Meet Our Sexual Violence Support Advocates
Certified by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association, Maggie has been a counsellor with SVNB since 2010 offering trauma-specific therapy to those who have experienced sexual violence.
Maggie is passionate about creating cultural change to address issues of gender-based violence, collaborating with key partners, and integrating student voices into awareness initiatives. Maggie strives to empower those with lived experience of violence, centering the voices of survivors, and advocating for those who experience oppressions due to our patriarchal society.
Hilary is excited to be working to strengthening a system that promotes respect, empowerment, and safety for those impacted by sexual violence.
Hilary worked in a community-based practice where she provided counselling to youth and adults specifically working with cases that involved trauma, intimate partner violence, and sexual abuse.
She holds a master’s degree in Counselling from UNB and is a certified through the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association. She has also received additional training in working with survivors of sexual violence, individuals that identify as LGBTQIA+, and in supporting individuals who are suicidal.