I have experienced sexual violence
We are here for you.
Info-aide violence sexuelle
To talk to a Sexual Violence Helpline counsellor, you can call 1-888-933-9007 at any time of the day or night, or chat with a counsellor between noon and midnight. She will welcome you without judgement, and tell you what resources in your region can give you the help you need in your specific situation. It doesn’t matter if your experience of sexual violence occurred very recently or a long time ago, you are entitled to help.
To get help right where you are, call 911. Your safety comes first.
Possible reactions to an act of sexual violence
Your reaction is entirely your own—there is no “right” way to feel. Your feelings will depend on a multitude of factors, such as the type of sexual violence you experienced, your age when it happened and your relationship with the person who was responsible for the violence. Resources are available that can help you with your own specific needs.
If you have been sexually assaulted within the past 5 days
It is recommended that the victim go as quickly as possible to a designated centre for medico-social intervention for sexual assault victims, where they will receive emergency medical and psychosocial services. Certain types of forensic samples can be collected up to 5 days after the assault. If you choose to report the assault to the police, this evidence can strengthen your case.
If you have been sexually assaulted during the past 6 months
A specially trained team will offer you assistance and support at a designated centre for medico-social intervention for sexual assault victims, where your situation will be assessed, and services provided to meet your specific needs. For example, team members may address your health and safety concerns or offer to provide support during legal proceedings or other forms of recourse. To find the closest designed centre, call a Sexual Violence Helpline counsellor at 1-888-933-9007, or contact us by chat.
If you have experienced sexual violence at some point in their life
Whether you are ready to talk to someone for the first time, or have a specific question related to your situation, a Sexual Violence Helpline counsellor will be there to listen and provide information. Whatever has happened to you, we will listen and offer resources to meet your needs.