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Protection

Q. How can I protect myself from being sexually assaulted?
A.
That is a difficult question.  Most sexual assaults are committed by someone the victim already knows such as a date, boy/girlfriend, friend, acquaintance, or relative.  These are people you know and often trust.  You would never expect they would assault you.  A small percentage are committed by strangers.

You should be able to do whatever you wish and feel safe, but the reality is that you have to be careful.  Generally speaking, you can reduce the risk by taking extra care when you are in risky situations.  For example at raves, parties involving alcohol or drugs, walking alone at night.
Q. How will I be protected if the offender is released on bail?
A.
When the offender is arrested and charged, they might get released from custody on bail.  If the offender does get out it is usually on a bail release with conditions that are designed to help keep you safe.  That is, the offender has to promise to obey certain conditions or they can be arrested and kept in custody until the case is finished in court.

Some examples of bail conditions:
  • Not go within 500 metres of the victim, his or her residence, or school.
  • Have no communication with the victim directly or indirectly.
  • Not be in the presence of any person under the age of 14 years unless in the presence of an adult person who is 21 years old or older.

The Children's Aid Societies will also help if you're under 16 years of age and you've been sexually assaulted or abused by a relative or if you're at risk of being abused again.  They will help you even if you don't want the police to charge the offender.
Q. How will I be protected after the case is finished?
A.
If the offender is harassing you or causing you any kind of problem, you can call the police and they will investigate.  If the police and the Crown Attorney feel they can prove there was a crime committed, the offender could be arrested and/or charged.

Sometimes, the court will use special rules to make sure the offender stays away from you.
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