How to Report a Sexual Assault: A Guide for Canadian Students

…victims are still largely overlooked by the justice system in Canada; as a result, rape is the most under-reported crime in the country…

Seeking Medical Care.

You can receive an examination without reporting to police, and doctors cannot release any information without your consent, so nobody has to know you visited one.

For male and LGBTQ+ survivors, any discrimination they could face surrounding their identities is commonly a huge roadblock in reporting an assault to the police, seeking medical care, or talking to counsellors.

Reporting to Police.

There is a wave of consent activism right now, because this thinking is wrong.

Your local police will have a victim services unit who can connect you with other resources, such as counselling.

…if you report a sexual assault to your university and the assailant drops out, transfers, or graduates, the case is no longer in the university’s power and they will be forced to drop it.

Seeking Counselling.

Having a trained, objective party like a psychiatrist validate your experiences, while guiding you through the difficult emotions and sensations they bring up, can be extremely helpful.

By law, a therapist or counsellor can only break this confidentiality agreement if they truly believe you are a danger to yourself or others.

Talking To Media/Going Public.

The Bottom Line:

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