Our Story | REES

Five. For every one-hundred sexual assaults that occur, that’s how many are reported to police. That’s right, only five. Think about that for a moment. 

On a bus, in a classroom, at an office. It is prevalent across communities, campuses and workplaces yet many survivors remain silent. Consider that 95% of incidents are unknown to their campus, their employer, police or the community. 

Think about all the stories that have not been told and the experiences that are never shared. Think about the resources that have not been sought and the support that was not received. 

There is power in telling stories. It can free us, empower us, create accountability, open doors, bring closure and inspire others. REES gives survivors options to share their story, and be heard, in whatever way they choose.

REES believes survivors and we partner with leaders and change-makers from institutions, industries, public sector, private business and community organizations who are committed to supporting survivors and making change. 

We are here. We hear you. 

Although only a small number of sexual assault survivors report to police, many others perceive benefits in reporting, including personal empowerment, validation, perpetrator accountability, and a chance to try to prevent the perpetrator from offending against others

— West Coast LEAF, 2018

What REES Stands For


that survivors have diverse needs and that a range of reporting options should be available. Providing anonymous data allows a survivor to be counted and have their voice heard.


survivors by providing information about sexual violence policies and procedures, community resources and supports, evidence collection and retention, healthcare considerations and reporting options.


survivors by providing options about how, when and to whom they share their story.


are at the centre of the work we do. We are deeply committed to developing reporting tools that are survivor-centred and trauma-informed. We work with local experts to understand the unique needs of sexual violence survivors in the community.

The REES Community

Mary Lobson
Founder, CEO

Chris Derossi
Chief Technical Officer

Dr. Jocelyn Proulx
Research Coordinator

Carter Dawson
Partnership Liaison

Nell Perry
Partnership Liaison

Youth Advisory Board (YAB)

Samantha Allan
Vancouver Island University

Valeriya Burdeyny
Dalhousie University

Michaela Cardamone
Booth University College

Tracy Chang

Niko Coady
University of New Brunswick

Kate Mullin
University of Alberta

Victoria Slipp
Dalhousie University

Yasmin Yanovski ____ University of Winnipeg

Reese Estwick
University of Winnipeg

Binod Pun
University of Winnipeg

Savannah Szocs
University of Manitoba

Breanna Laggo
University of Winnipeg

Yufei Qin
University of Windsor

Zain Ul Abedin Siddiqui

Vatineh Magaji
University of Manitoba

Jagdeep Singh

Thomas Wright
McGill University

The Community That Cares