What is SHARE?

It doesn’t matter if you experienced sexual violence just last night or a year ago, SHARE is here to help.

SHARE is our on-campus sexual violence response and education resource.

At Mount Allison, we are lucky to have a dedicated SHARE Advisor, Melody Petlock. Melody has a background in social work and many years of experience working with people affected by sexual assault, sexual harassment, interpersonal violence (abuse), homophobia and transphobia.

As this year’s SHARE intern, I work with Melody to prepare and deliver educational presentations on these important topics, as well as lead our dedicated group of volunteers.

SHARE is a great place to start if you are unsure how to react or respond to a situation.  Melody can explain all of your available options, and can put you in contact with the right people to get you the best help possible.

SHARE is not only about sexual violence response. We also work hard to raise awareness and educate the Mount Allison community! Our group of peer educators run educational sessions on how to be an ally to the LGBT2Q+ community, how to be an active bystander, understanding consent, and how to respond to disclosures of sexual violence.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for dates and times! We would also be more than happy to come and speak to your residence, department, team, club or society.

For more information, email share@mta.ca or visit our website at www.mta.ca/share and our Facebook page at SHARE Mount Allison. If you would like to volunteer as a peer educator to help with our educational programming, or for a specific program like the Walk Home Program, contact us!

SHARE services are confidential, client-centred, client-driven and trauma-informed. If you have experienced sexual violence, email share@mta.ca, or call or text the SHARE cell phone at 506-540-7427. The cell phone is monitored around the clock, and you are guaranteed an immediate response if you call or text between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. on Thursday, Friday or Saturday nights. At all other times, the response will be as fast as possible!

Keep an eye on this column for more information on sexual violence response and education!

Isabelle Spinney
Isabelle Spinney is a Contributor to the Argosy, and the SHARE intern for the 2018-19 Academic Year.