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!

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

Toronto only — initial assessment and intake for assaulted women’s shelters, call 416-863-0511 or toll free 1-866-863-0511

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

COVID19
Shelter Services – shelter is open and offering residential support to women at high risk because of gender based violence, as well as the 24-hour help line available to anyone in need. All intakes, risk assessment, safety planning, advocacy and transitional support will be offered via telephone, video conferencing or email. Counseling, groups, and children’s programming are currently offered via telephone or video conferencing and are facilitated by staff working from home. Regular visits by community partners or any non essential visitor has been postponed through the duration of the pandemic. Cleaning and disinfecting procedures have increased, and appropriate measures to ensure safe food handling are being implemented.

Second Stage Housing (SSH) Sites – All second stage sites (Exeter, Clinton, Goderich) are closed to visitors however residents supported via email, phone and video conferencing. Residents are aware of changes and additional signage indicating current protocols are posted. An empty unit at SSH has been designated as an emergency quarantine unit if needed.

Service during COVID-19 – continue to provide critical services to women and their families through virtual intake, risk assessment, safety planning, system navigation and advocacy. Where risk is low, help a woman plan her next steps accessing natural supports that are safe, virtual supports, appropriate referrals and provision of available resources (such as gift cards). If upon intake a woman is considered high risk and in need of residential supports, we are committed to doing all we can to support her safely in a sheltered space.

Provides 7 bedrooms (kitchen, children’s play area, shared living room, backyard) 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 * Emergency Transportation available

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

Family Court Support Worker Program — information on the family court process * assistance in preparing for family court proceedings (documenting history of abuse, accessing Legal Aid) * referral to specialized services and supports in the community * safety planning * court accompaniment to proceedings when appropriate

Optimism Place Women’s Shelter and Support Services
http://www.optimismplace.com

COVID19 – During COVID19 continuing to operate Stratford shelter and assess referrals on a case-by-case basis * in kind donations not being accepted * non-essential guests and service providers not permitted in shelter * 24 hour crisis line continuing to operate

Assists women 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 Outreach counselor

Ontario Provincial Police
http://www.opp.ca

Patrols provincial highways and bodies of water * enforces laws concerning vehicle traffic, liquor, gambling, and illegal drugs under provincial statutes and criminal code * policing services in areas not covered by municipal police * provide resources to other police and law enforcement agencies * informs citizens on crime prevention, safety, and police oriented matters

Listowel Office
519-291-1414 * 519-291-5414 (fax)

Mitchell
519-348-9700

Ontario Provincial Police
http://www.opp.ca

Patrols provincial highways and bodies of water * enforces laws concerning vehicle traffic, liquor, gambling, and illegal drugs under provincial statutes and criminal code * policing services in areas not covered by municipal police * provide resources to other police and law enforcement agencies * informs citizens on crime prevention, safety, and police oriented matters

Ontario Provincial Police
http://www.opp.ca

Patrols provincial highways and bodies of water * enforces laws concerning vehicle traffic, liquor, gambling, and illegal drugs under provincial statutes and criminal code * policing services in areas not covered by municipal police * provide resources to other police and law enforcement agencies * informs citizens on crime prevention, safety, and police oriented matters

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, assistance and support to increase participation in the criminal court process * case-specific information (court dates, bail conditions) * trial preparation * liaise with Crown Attorneys and police * needs assessment * victim advocacy * emotional support * crisis intervention * referrals to community agencies

Vulnerable Victims and Family Fund – financial help and court-based supports for victims of violent crime and families of homicide victims * assistance with travel to attend key court dates * 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 * needs assessment * safety planning * referrals to community services * enhanced support for vulnerable victims * assistance with applications to VQRP+

Victim Quick Response Program+ (VQRP+) — assistance with emergency expenses related to the incident, including home safety, accommodation, meals, transportation, basic necessities, dependent care costs, counselling, traditional Indigenous health services, cellular phones, vision care, dental care, aids for victims with disabilities, interpretation services, crime scene cleanup, government/medical documents and funeral expenses * additional assistance for victims of human trafficking includes storage locker, tattoo removal, and treatment at a recovery facility * no direct reimbursement to victims for support listed above * financial support also available for victims who sustained serious physical injuries during a crime and for parents of child homicide victims and spouses of homicide victims