The term "survivor" is used to describe anyone who has experienced any unwanted act of a sexual nature without one's consent. However, this site recognises that each individal has the right to self-identify with a term that best fits them or to not use any term at all.
Understanding Your Experience
There are many common reactions after experiencing a sexual assault or sexual harassment. All feelings and reactions are valid and you do not have to be alone with these feelings. There are people at McGill and in the Montreal community available to support you. It is OK to ask for help.
Recovering from a sexual assault or other traumatic experience takes time and is not a linear process. There is no timeframe to the healing process as everyone’s experience is different and unique. Each individual recovers at their own pace and in their own way.
When an assault occurs, it may be difficult to understand why it happened. Questions such as “What did I do to deserve this?” and “What could I have done to prevent it?” are natural reactions. Sexual assault and harassment are abuses of power and often about control over another person. Anyone can be sexually assaulted or harassed, and the only person who is responsible for the assault or harassment is the person who committed the act. No one invites or deserves assault or harassment. To learn more, read about the major misconceptions associated with sexual assault and harassment.