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Sexual assault

Sexual Assault is any kind of sexual act that you do not consent to. This can include everything from unwanted kissing, to groping, to forced oral, vaginal/ internal genital or anal penetration. It may include physical violence or not. Sometimes manipulation or threats are used to convince a person to have sex against their will.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone, regardless of gender, age, race, sexual orientation, or ability. Sexual assault is a crime under Canadian law.

People respond differently to a sexual assault. Emotions that you might experience include feeling angry, afraid, sad or numb. There is no one right way to feel. If you were sexually assaulted, there are support services to help you make decisions about what you want to do next.

Support services are for anyone who has been sexually assaulted. The services listed below also provide support and information for all genders.


Women Against Violence Against Women – Rape crisis centre with 24 hour toll-free crisis line for BC (crisis line: 1-877-392-7583)
Victoria Sexual Assault Centre – Support services and 24-hour crisis line for Vancouver Island (crisis line: (250)-383-3232)
Surrey Mobile Assault Response Team – 24-hour crisis response service within Fraser Health Authority (crisis line: 604-583-1295)
VictimLink BC – 24-hour toll-free, confidential, multilingual telephone service for BC and Yukon (crisis line: 1-800-563-0808)
NARSF Sexual Abuse Intervention Program - Pairing prevention and treatment services for referred children and their families in the Nanaimo/Ladysmith area (250-754-2773 Ext. 216).
BC Association of Clinical Counsellors

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