What If I've Been Sexually Assaulted?

Getting Help Is the Best Choice You Can Make

If you’ve recently experienced unwanted or forced sexual activity, getting help and support is the most important step you can take. In addition to counseling and information about your reporting options, we’ll help you get medical treatment for injuries, potential sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy prevention.

You are in Control

We believe that you have the right to choose which path you want to take on the road to healing. We understand that this is a very difficult time and we’re here to support you.

Your Options

Most sexual assaults are committed by someone who is known to the victim, which can make it even harder to know what to do. Whether you choose medical treatment only, counselling, or you want to report to the police, we will give you the information you need to make the right decision for you. As part of a special pilot project, Calgary has three options for victims of sexual assault – options that respect your right to choose and provide time for you to heal before deciding what your next step will be.

Option 1: Medical treatment and/or counseling only.

As a victim of sexual assault, you have the right to medical care, counseling, and follow-up. You might choose not to report to police right away. You can still report at anytime later on, but any evidence that is left on your body will be lost.

Option 2: Medical treatment and/or counseling and evidence collection for reporting to police.

If you decide right away that you want to report to police, specially trained female doctors and nurses will examine you and collect any evidence that may be on your body. With your consent, this evidence will be turned over to police to aid in the investigation.

You will also be given comprehensive medical care, counseling, and follow-up.

Option 3: Medical treatment and/or counseling and evidence collection for storage

If you are undecided about whether to report to police or not, specially trained female doctors and nurses will examine you and collect any evidence that may be on your body. This evidence will be securely stored for you.

If you choose to report to police, you may arrange to have your evidence released.

If you choose not to report to police, your evidence will be confidentially and securely destroyed.

If you have any questions or need more information about how the three options work, please call 403-237-5888. Be assured, you will not be pressured - a trained counselor will help you decide what you want to do next.

What if I've Been Sexually Assaulted?

We are here to help, please call us. 1.403.237.58881-877-237-5888 Toll Free in Alberta

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