Sexual assault support and resources

Campus Sexual Assault Support Advocates

Campus Sexual Assault Support Advocates (CSASAs) on our Fredericton and Saint John campuses are specially trained to support students who have experienced sexual violence. They can offer trauma-specific counselling as well as help you report an incident, arrange accommodations, seek medical help and much more.

If someone discloses to you that they have been sexually assaulted, follow our guidelines on providing support.

Fredericton campus

For UNB Fredericton’s Campus Sexual Violence Support Advocates Hilary Swan and Megen Gaudet, offering support to survivors of sexual violence goes beyond providing resources – it means developing a personal connection and creating a safe place where survivors feel heard, believed and validated while they work together to explore options that best meet the survivor’s needs.

The CSASA office is located on the 2nd floor of CC Jones Student Services Centre and they are available to those affected by sexual violence during their university careers.

Serving the Fredericton campus community, in partnership with Sexual Violence New Brunswick (SVNB), Hilary and Megen bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to UNB in supporting individuals who have been impacted by sexual assault as well as enhancing the response and prevention of sexual violence in our communities.

Hilary Swan

Hilary Swan

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 serving the tri-campus community in providing counselling, advocacy and educational programming.

She approaches her work from a feminist based, trauma informed framework that aims to support survivors in reclaiming power and agency within their lives. Hilary is a fierce advocate for survivors safety and justice as they navigate their healing journeys, always looking for opportunities to remove barriers and increase accessibility.

She holds a Master of Education in Counselling degree from the University of New Brunswick and has worked in the fields of counselling, gender-based violence, and innovation within the non-for-profit, post-secondary and government sectors. In her spare time she can be found exploring the outdoors or trying out a new hobby.

Megen Gaudet

Megen Gaudet

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.

Saint John campus

Trish Murray-Zelmer

Trish Murray-Zelmer

The Saint John CSASA, Trish Murray-Zelmer, is based out of UNB Saint John’s Student Services Department, located in Philip W. Oland Hall. Trish is an advocate, supporter, therapist, Feminist and educator. She believes in empowering survivors of sexual violence by helping them identify and use their strengths and values while respecting them as the experts of their own lives. A UNB alumna, Trish is a Licensed Counselling Therapist in New Brunswick and is also certified by the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association.

Trish has over 8 years’ experience in university student services prior to joining the UNB Saint John counselling team. She is passionate about collaborating with student unions, student clubs, and community partners to deliver relevant and timely support to students. In addition, she has been an active volunteer in the field of sexual violence prevention, survivor support, and advocacy for over 2 years. She has facilitated trainings in supporting adult survivors of sexual violence and the neurobiology of trauma.

Trish can help survivors navigate on and off-campus resources, provide survivor counselling, arrange accommodations and refer survivors to medical care related to sexual violence. For the UNB Saint John community, she can provide education sessions and training on the societal causes of sexual violence, how to respond to sexual violence disclosures, and bystander training.

Trish is available to support any member of the UNB community impacted by sexual violence.


UNB policies

As part of our commitment to creating a campus where sexual violence is not tolerated, UNB has developed and adopted a Sexual Assault Policy and procedures to implement and support the policy.