The Manitoban: Centre for campus members affected by sexual violence opens its doors

By Malak Abas

On the fifth floor of UMSU University Centre sits an unassuming space — four adjoining rooms, with tea and hot chocolate for visitors — that seeks to serve an ambitious purpose: to provide a space for students, staff and faculty affected by sexual violence.

The Sexual Violence Resource Centre (SVRC), which opened its doors Monday, will provide resources and support to campus community members. The centre is set up with a central entrance room, two offices and a private space, all accessible through separate doors. The U of M’s Klinic counsellor will also be moving into the space.

The SVRC currently has two staff members: co-ordinator Bre Woligroski and confidential intake and triage specialist Courtney Klassen.

Woligroski said the pair was “eager to be part of this project,” which originally began as a recommendation in the sexual violence report released by the university in fall 2019.

“It feels positive, we did a lot of work to get here today for sure,” she said.

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