Helpful Tips

IF YOU’VE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED

Get to a safe place – anywhere that you feel comfortable and free from violence or danger

Call someone you can trust – a friend, relative or call the SAVIS crisis line: 905-875-1555 we can meet you at the hospital or police station

Seek medical attention – Hospital Emergency Room, Nina’s Place (Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence Care Unit in Halton), a clinic, or your doctor are all options. 905-632 -3737 ext 5708 for Nina’s Place. You may seek medicial attention without having to report to the police. CAS and the police may need to get involved if you are under 16 years old.

Call the police if you want – 911 or the Sexual Assault Department of The Halton Police: 905-878-5511

Talk to individuals you can trust – for emotional, physical and spiritual support (e.g. friends, teachers, spiritual leaders, counsellors, partners, & crisis line workers)

Preserve Evidence!!!
If possible do not:

  1. Bathe / shower
  2. Brush your teeth
  3. Go to the bathroom
  4. Change your clothes
  5. Clean up your house

Saving clothing, underwear and any other physical evidence may also be helpful, if you decide to have a sexual assault evidence kit completed (a medical collection process).  If you have showered or have not preserved evidence, you can still report to the police.

FYI…The police can hold the sexual assault evidence kit for up to 6 months without having to press any charges – you can decide later if you want to report to the police.