If you’ve been sexually assaulted:
We believe you.
It’s not your fault.
You’re not alone. There are plenty of resources here to help you.
Seek medical attention as soon as possible. This is important because they can check to see if you’ve been drugged, and can do a sexual assault examination kit.The Health Sciences Centre has sexual assault examiners who are trained and supportive.
When going to the hospital right after an assault, it is important not to shower or wash your clothes or hands as you could accidentally get rid of any evidence. This can be extremely useful if you wish to pursue charges and seek justice for your case.
If you do not go to the hospital right after your assault, don’t feel bad. You can go anytime to make sure you are healthy.
You have the option to report it through a third-party reporting system with Klinic Community Health, Sage House, or Heart Medicine Lodge. Reporting through a third party is anonymous and confidential. You also have the option to make an official report through the police. If you do not want to report it, you don’t have to.
How to support survivors:
Tell them it’s not their fault.
Don’t ask questions about how much they had to drink or what they were wearing. This implies that you think it could be their fault.
Let them know they’re not alone. Tell them about local resources like Klinic Community Health or Heart Medicine Lodge.
If the assault just happened, help them get to a hospital or a safe place.
Ask how you can help, let them talk or be silent, remember that trauma can look a lot of different ways.
Continue to check in on them, and offer support.
How do I know if I’ve been sexually assaulted?
You did not give consent or agree to participate in any form of sexual activity or contact.
You were forced to have sex or sexual contact through pressure, threat, or manipulation.
You were pressured or coerced into a sexual activity that you didn’t want.
You did not know and were unaware of the sexual activity happening.
You did not understand or give consent to the sexual activity at the time because of being asleep, unconscious, high or drunk.