If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted

Medical Care Following Sexual Assault - Your Health is Important

We encourage survivors to receive medical attention soon after a sexual assault. Even if there are no visible signs of injury, you may have internal damage, been exposed to sexually transmitted infections, and/or been impregnated. Please note that receiving medical care is a separate and confidential process from reporting to police.

You can receive medical care at a doctor's office, a health clinic, or from the hospital based program at the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre (SA/DVTC) accessed through the Emergency Department at St. Mary's Hospital in Kitchener or Cambridge Memorial. Ask for the SA/DVTC nurse on call.The SA/DVTC can be contacted at 519-749-6994.

If you want support before going to the hospital, or if you'd like a volunteer from our Centre to accompany you there, call our 24 Hour Support Line (519-741-8633).

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre (SA/DVTC)
The SA/DVTC offers comprehensive care, addressing emergency medical, forensic, emotional, and social needs, for survivors of recent sexual or domestic violence assault.

Sexual Assault Evidence Kit
While receiving medical care from the SA/DVTC, you may choose to undergo a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit, a medical exam that collects evidence of the sexual assault, which may be used in a police investigation. The kit can be stored in confidence at the hospital for up to six months (after which it will be destroyed), as the survivor decides whether or not to report the assault and release the kit.

If you are thinking about undergoing a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit, take note that:
The sexual assault must have happened recently. Evidence can sometimes be collected a week after an assault, but ideally evidence should be collected within 48-72 hours. You should avoid, if possible - showering or bathing, changing your clothes, eating or drinking, and going to the bathroom - as these activities limit the amount of evidence that can be collected.

Legal Options Following Sexual Assault

Your Decision to Report
Reporting the sexual assault is a decision each survivor must make for her/him self. Reporting may not be part of your healing path. For survivors who decide to report, it is important to remember that support can help you through this very trying process.

To make an appointment to report a sexual assault to the police, please call the Special Investigations Unit at the Waterloo Regional Police Service at 519-653-7700 extension 8674. 

If you want support before reporting or an accompaniment to the police station, call our 24 Hour Support Line.

If You Decide to Report, You Have the Right to...

  • Get immediate medical care after reporting the sexual assault to the police, if you have not received care yet. Please note that the police can be contacted while or after receiving care from the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre at the hospital.
  • Be treated with courtesy, compassion, and respect for your personal dignity and privacy.
  • Request the police officer who will take your statement be of the same gender as you. Describe what happened in your own words without interruption.
  • Ask for the discussions to take place in a more private location.
  • Ask for clarification of any question or the purpose of any question.
  • Take a break from questioning.
  • Have an interpreter, if your first language is not English.
  • Have communication and/or transportation assistance, if you have a disability.
  • Make a complaint abhout the police if you're unhappy with the way you were treated.
  • Have a supporter accompany you to the police station (call our 24 Hour Support Line to arrange for an accompaniment to the police station).