Date Rape and Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is any kind of act that you are forced or tricked into against your will, and it can be anything from unwanted touching to rape. Being a victim of any type of sexual assault can be confusing because they are usually committed by someone you know or even a current boyfriend or girlfriend, rather than a stranger.

If you’re being touched or approached sexually by someone and it makes you uncomfortable or unhappy, you may be a victim of sexual abuse. If you were forced to have sex against your will, even if it was with your girlfriend or boyfriend, it is rape, no matter what anyone else tells you. Your right to choose has been taken away by someone, and in any of these situations it is important to know that it’s not your fault.

If you’re unsure about what to do, talk to an adult you trust or contact the places below for help and support. If you have been raped, call the police, who help you seek medical attention and help you decide whether to press charges against your rapist. Sexual assault and rape are serious crimes!

Perth County Crime Stoppers
http://www.pc-crimestoppers.ca

Crime Stoppers is a community volunteer program that helps to connect the community, police and media to combat crime * place anonymous tips about crimes * cruelty to animals * illegal hunting and fishing * confidential toll-free phone number * anonymous on-line tips * you will never have to go to court * your identity will never be revealed * looking for new Crime Stoppers Board Members * cash rewards up to $2000 for helping to solve a crime

Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance
http://www.hpha.ca/default.aspx?cid=114&lang=1

Provides confidential counselling services and therapy groups to adult women (aged 16 years or older) who have been recently sexually assaulted or who have experienced childhood sexual abuse or trauma

Assaulted Women’s Helpline
http://www.awhl.org

Telephone crisis counselling, emotional support, information and referrals to emergency shelters, legal information and community services, as well as culturally appropriate resources for abused women * liaison with diverse communities * confidential and anonymous

Emily Murphy Centre
http://www.emilymurphycentre.com

Transitional Second Stage housing * counselling * support groups * educational classes * art therapy * practical assistance for abused women, with or without children * offers rent-geared-to-income housing for women and their children with a focus on safety * outreach services * trauma-informed counselling and training

Women’s Shelter, Second Stage Housing & Counselling Services of Huron
http://www.huronwomensshelter.ca

Provides 10 bed, emergency housing for women who have experienced abuse and their children * telephone and walk-in counseling services * counseling and advocacy services on criminal and civil matters * social services * housing * 24/7 hour telephone support * Sexual Assault Recovery Program * Family Court support offered

Also provides Second Stage housing, with 1 accessible unit in each building – rent geared to income units for up to one year, see separate entries for details

Canadian Red Cross
http://redcross.ca

Promotes safe and supportive relationships and healthy communities through educational programs and partnerships to encourage respect and prevent violence.

Program streams include: Implementing Violence Prevention * Preventing Violence against Children and Youth * Promoting Healthy Youth Relationships * Preventing Bullying and Harassment * Online, face-to-face and blended training

Optimism Place Women’s Shelter and Support Services
http://www.optimismplace.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=18&Itemid=25

Assists teens in recognizing the warning signs of an abusive relationship * identifying what constitutes physical, emotional and sexual abuse * advice on how to end an abusive relationship * program gives tools to help build healthy and positive connections with others * group setting or a one-on-one meeting with the dating violence mentor

Stratford Police Service
http://www.stratfordpolice.com

Municipal policing services for the City of Stratford * for non emergency crime related incidents such as vandalism, graffiti and to provide information on past acts * for emergency incidents, residents should call 911

Ministry of the Attorney General, Victim and Vulnerable Persons Division
http://www.attorneygeneral.jus.gov.on.ca/english/ovss

Information and assistance to support participation in the criminal court process * services begin once police have laid charges and continue until the court case is over * case-specific information (court dates, bail conditions) * court preparation * needs assessment * emotional support * crisis intervention * referrals to community agencies

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund — financial and court-based supports to enable victims of crime and families of homicide victims to attend court * travel arrangements and expenses * language interpretation * real-time captioning or other equipment for victims with disabilities

Victim Services of Huron County
http://www.victimserviceshuron.ca

On-site early intervention and crisis intervention * safety planning * referrals to community services * provision of cellular telephones for eligible victims * system navigation for vulnerable victims

Victim Quick Response Program (VQRP) — immediate assistance with emergency expenses related to the incident, including emergency home safety, accommodation, meals, transportation, dependent care costs, counselling, cellular phones, vision care, crime scene cleanup, and funeral expenses * no direct reimbursement to victims

Crime Stoppers of Huron County
http://www.hc-cs.ca

Crime Stoppers is a community volunteer program that helps to connects the community, police and media to combat crime * place anonymous tips about crimes * cruelty to animals * illegal hunting and fishing * confidential toll-free phone number * anonymous on-line tips * you will never have to go to court * your identity will never be revealed * looking for new Crime Stoppers Board Members * cash rewards up to $2000 for helping to solve a crime *