What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual assault is forced participation in any type of sexual activity. It can range from unwanted kissing or touching to forced sexual intercourse. Sexual assault is an act of power and control in which the victim can be coerced to participate or forced through violent actions or words. Sexual assault is a crime and the offender alone is responsible for their behaviour. What should I do if I am sexually assaulted?
Who Do We Serve?
We provide services to women, men and children who are survivors of sexual assault. Sexual assault can happen to individuals regardless of their gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, financial status or knowledge about abuse. Sexual assault impacts family members and friends as well as our community.
Effects of Sexual Assault & Healing
Everyone reacts differently after the traumatizing event of sexual assault. Some individuals experience shock, denial, fear, anger, depression, shame and self-blame. All these reactions are normal. Counselling and therapy may help to lessen these effects and help the survivor realize that the sexual assault WAS NOT their fault. Healing can be a challenging process but it is possible to transform from victim to survivor.
Our services are confidential, callers can choose to remain anonymous. The only situations where we cannot keep information confidential is if the person is under 16 years of age and has been abused or if a person calls our line saying they are going to harm themselves or harm someone else. In these situations we must inform the proper authorities.