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It Just Happened – What Now?

  • It's Not Your Fault.  The person who did this to you is at fault. That person committed a criminal act.

  • Go Somewhere Safe.  Phone the police if you are in danger.  Go to a friend or neighbour for help.

  • Tell Someone You Trust.  A friend, family member or teacher.  Sexual Assault Care Centres have counsellors that are available to talk to you.  In the Toronto area, you can call 416-495-2555 or 416-323-6040, or find a Centre near you in Ontario. 

  • Get Medical Care.  Once injuries are treated, physicians can offer medication to protect you from sexually transmitted diseases and prevent pregnancy.  It is important to get treatment within 72 hours.  We can help you at the Sexual Assault Care Centre.

  • Save Evidence.  To save evidence, it is best collected within the 72 hours of the assault.  Evidence has a tendency to deteriorate quickly, so come and see us as soon as possible.  And remember:
    • It's natural to feel dirty after an assault.
    • It is important that you do not wash, bathe or change your clothes until you have been looked after at the Emergency Department or Sexual Assault Care Centre.
    • Save anything that you might think is evidence.  It may be important later.

  • Think About Calling The Police.   Telling the police does not mean you have to press charges or go to court.  It does give them accurate information they can use if you decide to press charges in the future.

  • The Time After A Sexual Assault Is Very Confusing.   Decisions are difficult.  There are no right answers, only what is right for you.  The nurses and counsellors at the Sexual Assault Care Centres are there to help you.  Here is a Link to other Sexual Assault Care Centres in Ontario.

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