DRAW THE LINE

Engaging Ontarians in a dialogue about sexual violence.

If you or someone you know has faced sexual violence or you're interested in just making a difference, you'll find support and information below to help.

IMMEDIATE: In an emergency, call 911 or visit your nearest hospital emergency department

OTHER NUMBERS TO CALL

Find your nearest sexual assault centre by clicking here. You can also look in your local phonebook under Sexual Assault Centres.

GENERAL INFORMATION & SUPPORT

www.sexualassaultsupport.ca

It happened to someone you know

When someone discloses to us that they have been sexually assaulted, it can be really overwhelming. We are concerned for their wellbeing and want to support them, but often don't know how. Here are some things to keep in mind:

  • Believe them. Sexual violence affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men. It is real.
  • Ask them how you can support them. Don't assume you know what they need.
  • Respect confidentiality.
  • Value their boundaries. Don't pry or ask for details.
  • Offer them resources.
  • Understand that everyone deals with trauma differently and that everyone's healing path is different.
  • If the person disclosing to you is under the age of 16, you must report it to the Children's Aid Society and/or the police.
  • If you are struggling with their disclosure, you are entitled to your own support.

It happened to me

Sexual violence affects 1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men. It is about power and control and not about sex. Sexual violence remains taboo in our culture and so survivors are often silenced. You don't have to go through this alone. There are people who care and who can support you. And remember: It's never your fault. Ever.

  • Take care of yourself. Whatever that looks like.
  • Your feelings are real and you are entitled to them.
  • Talk to someone you trust.
  • You have the right to set boundaries for yourself.

Looking for support for yourself or someone you know? Here are some options.

Sexual Assault Centres

Sexual Assault Centres in Ontario offer confidential and free counselling to survivors of sexual violence. Sexual assault centres provide support for survivors of sexual violence, including recent sexual assault, past sexual assault, sexual harassment and childhood sexual abuse. Services include:

  • 24 hour crisis counselling over the phone
  • Accompaniment to the hospital, court and/or police station
  • Advocacy and referrals
  • Crisis intervention
  • Face to face counselling
  • Court support
  • On-going counselling
  • Information and support for partners, families and friends of survivors
  • Group counselling/self-help groups
  • Outreach support
  • Diversity work
  • Public education on sexual violence
  • Presentations and workshops for the public and professionals.

There is a sexual assault centre in every region in Ontario. Find the centre closest to you:

Region in Ontario 24-hr Crisis Line Office Phone
Algoma (Sault Ste. Marie) Women In Crisis Algoma

1-877-759-1230

705-759-1230

Belleville-Quinte Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District

1-877-544-6424

613-967-6300

Brant Sexual Assault Centre of Brant

519-751-3471

519-751-1164

Bruce County Women's House Serving Bruce and Grey: Sexual Assault Services

1-866-578-5566

519-372-1113

Chatham-Kent Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre

519-354-8688

519-354-8908

Cornwall Sexual Assault Support Services for Women, Cornwall

English: 613-932-1603
French: 613-932-1705

613-932-1755

East Algoma (Elliot Lake) Counselling Centre of East Algoma

1-800-721-0077

705-848-2585

Guelph-Wellington Guelph-Wellington Women in Crisis

519-836-5710
1-800-265-7233

519-836-1110

Halton (Oakville) Sexual Assault & Violence Intervention Services of Halton

905-875-1555

905-825-3622

Hamilton Sexual Assault Centre Hamilton & Area (SACHA)

905-525-4162

905-525-4573

Kawartha (Peterborough & Area) Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre

705-741-0260

705-748-5901

Kenora Kenora Sexual Assault Centre

807-468-7233
1-800-565-6161

807-468-7958

Kingston Sexual Assault Centre Kingston

613-544-6424
1-877-544-6424

613-545-0762

London-Middlesex Sexual Assault Centre London

519-438-2272
1-877-529-2272

519-439-0844

Muskoka Athena's Sexual Assault Counselling & Advocacy Centre

705-737-2008
1-800-987-0799

705-737-2884

Niagara Niagara Region Sexual Assault Centre

905-682-4584

905-682-7248

Nipissing Amelia Rising Sexual Assault Centre of Nipissing

705-476-3355

705-840-2403

Oshawa-Durham Oshawa-Durham Rape Crisis Centre

905-668-9200

905-444-9672

Ottawa RCC Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre

613-562-2333

613-562-2334

Ottawa SASC Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa

613-234-2266

613-725-2160

Peel Hope 24/7: Sexual Assault Centre of Peel

1-800-810-0180

905-792-0821

Renfrew Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County

1-800-663-3060

613-735-5551

Sarnia-Lambton Sexual Assault Survivors' Centre Sarnia-Lambton

519-337-3320

519-337-3154

Sudbury Voices for Women Sudbury

705-523-7100
ext. 2647

Thunder Bay hunder Bay Sexual Abuse & Sexual Assault Counselling & Crisis Centre

807-344-4502

807-345-0894

Timmins Timmins and Area Women in Crisis

1-877-268-8380

705-268-8381

Toronto Multicultural Women Against Rape/Toronto Rape Crisis Centre

416-597-8808

416-597-1171

Waterloo Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region

519-741-8633

519-571-0121

Windsor-Essex Sexual Assault Crisis Centre of Essex County

519-253-9667

519-253-3100

York Women's Support Network of York Region

1-800-263-6734
905-895-7313

905-895-3646

Pour le support francophone aux femmes victimes d'agression sexuelle, se il vous plaƮt visitez (for French-language support to women victims of sexual assault, please visit): Action ontarienne contre la violence faite aux femmes.

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres in Ontario are hospital-based centres that provide 24/7 emergency care to women, children and men who have been sexually assaulted or who are victims or survivors of domestic violence (intimate partner) abuse. Services include:

  • emergency medical care
  • crisis intervention
  • collection of forensic evidence
  • access to emergency contraception and preventative treatment for sexually-transmitted infections
  • medical follow-up
  • counselling
  • referral to community resources

You can choose to have centre staff conduct a physical examination, offer medical care and/or collect any physical (forensic) evidence of a recent sexual assault. It is your decision whether you wish to report the assault to the police or provide the forensic evidence. If you think you were drugged and sexually assaulted, Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres can also test to determine the presence of drugs in your body.

To contact the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre in Ontario nearest you, follow this link.

Fem'aide

Fem'aide offre aux femmes d'expression française aux prises avec la violence sexiste, du soutien, des renseignements et de l'aiguillage vers les services appropriés dans leur collectivité 24 heures par jour, sept jours par semaine. Fem'aide peut également répondre aux demandes de renseignements faites par les proches des femmes victimes de violence. Fem'aide concentre son intervention auprès des femmes ayant subi de la violence dans une relation intime ou encore de l'agression à caractère sexuel.

Fem'aide offers French-speaking women experiencing violence support, information and referral to appropriate services in the community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Fem'aide can also respond to inquiries made by the relatives or support persons of women victims of violence. Fem'aide focuses its assistance to women who have experienced violence in an intimate relationship or of sexual assault.

  • Telephone toll-free: 1-877-336-2433
  • ATS: 1 866 860-7082
  • Website: www.femaide.ca

Kids Help Phone

Kids Help Phone provides free and confidential 24/7 counselling and information service for young people in Canada.

Talk4Healing: A Helpline for Aboriginal Women

Talk4Healing is available to all Aboriginal women living in urban, rural and remote communities, both on and off reserve, throughout Northern Ontario. They support Aboriginal women and their families who need support.

Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic

The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic offers legal representation, information, counselling multilingual interpretation for women who have experienced violence.