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No one asks to be assaulted.
No one deserves to be assaulted.
You have a right to get help.
It is not your fault.
You can heal.
After an assault, it can be hard to know what to do. Some people feel overwhelmed by feelings. Some people feel numb. There is no one right thing to do after an assault. It is a good idea to go to a place you feel safe, and do what you need to take care of yourself. The menu above has links to resources and support.
Suggestions for things you can do after a sexual assault:
- Call the Sexual Assault Centre or Crisis line in your area. They can offer you support and information and you don't have to tell them anything you don't want to. You can contact our Crisis Line at 250-383-3232.
- Get medical attention for possible injuries, sexually transmitted infections, and/or pregnancy.
- Talk to someone you trust. Friend, parent, counsellor or someone else you trust to be supportive and non-judgmental.
- Write down what happened to you. Writing about what happened can help you deal with feelings. If you decide to report later, it can help you recall what happened and how it affected you.
- You have the option to report the assault to the police. Call a sexual assault centre or a crisis line to find out about the process and how you can get support. You don’t have to report right away.
- If you think you might want to report to the police, you have the option to get a “forensic” exam to collect evidence that can be used in court. This evidence can be really important if you decide to make a police report later. If you decide not to, the evidence won't be used. The evidence must be collected soon after the assault, usually within 72 hours. It is suggested that you don’t shower, go to the washroom, eat, or get rid of your clothes. Get a friend or Sexual Assault Centre worker to support you.
Important Note: Just because there may not be enough evidence to proceed with criminal charges, or the person is found not guilty doesn’t mean the assault didn’t happen. You still have a right to get support.