Sexual Violence Support & Resources
St. Thomas University students have access to Sexual Violence Support Advocates Hilary Swan and Megen Gaudet 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), Megen 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
Hilary Swan (she/her), lives, works and plays on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkati peoples, colonially known as Fredericton.
She is a Campus Sexual Assault Support Advocate, creative, and educator who finds joy in supporting survivors and projects that work towards eradicating gender based violence.
Hilary holds a Masters of Education in Counselling and has worked at the intersection of program, policy and campaign design, delivery of support services, and advocacy for equity seeking groups for nearly a decade. Hilary honed her skills at Renaissance College, the University of New Brunswick and the Government of New Brunswick before joining the team at Sexual Violence New Brunswick nearly 5 years ago. Compassion, curiosity, collaboration, innovation, and equity are at the heart of her work.
Megen Gaudet (she/her) is a registered social worker who currently lives and works on the unceded territory of the Wolastoqiyik, Mi’kmaq and Peskotomuhkati peoples.
Megen joined Sexual Violence New Brunswick (SVNB) as a Collective member and volunteer supporting those impacted by sexual violence through their support line. During her tenure at SVNB, she has worked as an advocate for survivors in government and social systems, as well as the criminal justice system. In her role as a Campus Sexual Assault Support Advocate, she provides therapeutic support and advocacy for survivors on campus.
Megen is passionate about reducing barriers to accessing services for survivors and is dedicated to on-going learning and working from a feminist and anti-oppressive framework.
Support Grows Here
The goal of this film is to show the journey of support seeking that follows an experience of intimate partner sexual violence and the ways we, as potential supports, can make meaningful change for those who have experienced trauma.