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

Suhad Bisharat
Chief Financial Officer

Nicole Leeson
Director of Campus Engagement

Nell Perry
Partnership Liaison / Youth Advisory Board Coordinator

Suzanne Paintin
Partnership Coordinator

Dr. Jocelyn Proulx
Research Coordinator

Erica Silva
Development Team

Jason Van Gorp
Development Team

Chris Watson
Development Team

Youth Advisory Board (YAB)

Nathan Dueck
Canadian Mennonite University

Emily Gerbrandt
University of Alberta

Melissa Ghidoni
Red River College

Poojah Krishna
University of Manitoba

Vatineh Magaji
University of Manitoba

Nancy Mitchell
University of Toronto

Nell Perry
Concordia University

Michelle Roy
Mount Allison University

Thomas Wright
McGill University

Grace Young
Western University

Advisory Board

Suzanne Braun
Relish Branding

Andrew Buck
Pitblado, LLP

Alexandra Cropp
Norway House Cree Nation / EVA Manitoba

Cate Friesen
The Story Source

Wadood Ibrahim

Andrew MacIver
Cook Medical

Caitlin Salvino
Co-Founder, Our Turn National Action Plan / Sexual Violence Policy Advisor

The Community That Cares