What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual Assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact that is forced upon someone without that persons consent. If you have experienced sexual assault, know that there is help and support for you. You do not have to experience this alone.
If you choose to go to the Hospital, please go to the Emergency Department at the HAMILTON GENERAL or the JURAVINSKI HOSPITAL. If you are under 18, please go to MCMASTER CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.
When you arrive, a specially trained nurse from our program will be paged. She will arrive within 45 minutes and meet you in the Emergency room. These nurses are called SANE’s (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) who are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. SANE’s can spend time with you in a private space and room to help you cope with what has happened, and to help you understand your options. It is your choice whether you want to involve Police. It is your choice if you would like evidence collected. The SANE will support you around making these very difficult choices.
The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre can support you with:
- Immediate care
- Collection of forensic evidence
- Forensic Photography
- Safety Planning
- Resources/Community Referrals
- Follow-up medical treatment
- Counselling services