What is Sexual Assault?
Sexual Assault is defined as ANY unwanted act of a sexual nature imposed by one person upon another without consent. This includes, among others, being kissed, fondled or forced to have sexual intercourse against your will.
Sexual assault can occur on a date, within a relationship or marriage, or by a stranger, regardless of sexual orientation. It is a crime of violence, power and control.
What is Consent?
Consent means agreeing to a sexual activity with another person. It is a voluntary act and in Canada, a person must be 16 years of age or older to consent to sexual activities. Even if you consent to sexual activities, you can always change your mind if and when you start to feel uncomfortable (you get to decide when you want to stop). Without consent, it is Sexual Assault!
Examples of No Consent:
- You are too scared to say No.
- You are tricked, bullied or threatened until you say Yes.
- You are high or drunk.
- The other person is a family member (i.e. father, aunt, grandparent, cousin, brother, etc.).
- The other person is a professional or holds a position of authority (i.e. teacher, doctor, soccer coach, lifeguard, interpreter, etc.).
- Silence IS NOT a Yes.
No means NO!
Facts about Sexual Assault
- In Canada, a woman is sexually assaulted every 6 minutes.
- Sexual Assault is the most prevalent violent crime (1 in 3 violent crimes committed are Sexual Assaults).
- 1 in 3 females (and 1 in 6 males) will be will be touched sexually or molested by the time they reach 18 years of age.
- Over 80% or the time, women are sexually assaulted by men known to them.
- Only 5-10% of Sexual Assaults are reported to the Police.
- Only 1% of date rapes are reported to the Police.
- 60% of Sexual Assaults take place in private homes.
- Women with disabilities are twice as likely to be sexually assaulted.
No individual ever “asks” or deserves to be sexually assaulted, and there is no data to suggest that the way a woman is dressed will either provoke or prevent a sexual attack.
If you are Sexually Assaulted
If you are sexually assaulted, go to a safe place and talk to someone you trust or call our confidential 24Hour Crisis Line at 705-476-3355 (Collect Calls Accepted). Remember you are not alone and you are NOT to blame. It is normal to feel many different emotions for a period of time and you do not have to go about it alone.
Important steps to take immediately after a Sexual Assault:
- DO NOT shower, change or brush your teeth.
- Try not to urinate and DO NOT douche.
- If you can, grab an extra set of clothes (including bra and panties) to bring with you (if you cannot, the Sexual Assault Treatment Centre will provide you with some)
- Call our 24Hour Crisis Line (705-476-3355) if you would like someone to accompany you to the Hospital.
- Seek immediate medical attention at the Sexual Assault Treatment Centre located in the Emergency Department of the North Bay Regional Health Centre (located at 50 College Drive).
- The Sexual Assault Treatment Centre does NOT have a duty to report (if the victim is 16 years of age or older) and you do NOT have to undergo an evidence collection.
- After seeking medical attention, call the Police if you wish to report your Sexual Assault (you can call 911 or 705-472-1234).
- Write down what you can remember about the Sexual Assault.