“It made me feel like I wasn’t believed, like I should just stop at that point,” says Jenny, the 23-year-old victim in that case.
The university president later wrote Jenny a letter of apology.
“It felt as though I had suddenly hit a brick wall,” she wrote.
She had been struggling since seeing the man she says was her attacker on campus three weeks earlier. No one asked a single question, she says, or referred to the assault.
“I always thought of it being the stranger in the darkness and this (was) a person I know,” she says.
A year later, in the fall of 2012, she wrote to her department at Queen’s informing the school she was dealing with a high level of stress because she had been assaulted by another student.
Klaver, who came to Queen’s with a 92 per cent average, described how she couldn’t sleep, eat or focus on her school work.
She sought out counselling services through the school, but had several appointments cancelled last minute and told the Star the lack of services and support had a significant impact on her mental health. Also lacking a special policy are Queen’s, the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, and Mc Gill in Montreal.
In the weeks leading up to her writing the letter, Klaver had seen a counsellor at the school, who she says was helpful.
But her next three appointments in a row were cancelled by counselling services at Queen’s, making her feel like she was being told she wasn’t in urgent need of help.
The judge ruled the prosecutor failed to prove the sex was not consensual.
The mother’s letter says that despite a promise by the former principal that her daughter would be supported and cared for, no one from the school’s administration reached out during the pretrial or trial.
They spoke of sexual assaults that took place at parties, in dorm rooms and in apartments rented by students, far away from the security lamps schools provide to make a walk on campus safe.