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Getting Help for Sexual Assault or Intentional Violence

If you have been sexually assaulted or experienced intentional violence, head to your nearest hospital emergency as soon as possible; you may require Forensic Nursing Services.  If you want to make a police report and/or are feeling unsafe please call 9-1-1.

If you would like to speak to someone about your experience and further support, you can contact the Vancouver Island Crisis line at 1-888-494-3888.

It’s hard to know what to do, how to feel, or what your options are. Please know that you are not alone and what happened was not your fault. 

The majority of sexual assaults happen in the home and many occur in broad daylight. Most sexual assaults are committed by someone you know and trust.

Sexual Assault and violence includes:

  • unwanted sexual touching by anyone (partner, friend, stranger, etc)
  • sexualized Violence (vaginal, oral and or anal)
  • physical violence (such as hitting, kicking, biting, shoving, etc) from someone you know such as a partner or friend or a stranger
  • waking up and not knowing what has happened to you

Before Coming to the Hospital

If you can, try to do the following:

  • Try not to  pee or poop
  • Do not eat or drink anything
  • Do not shower or take a bath
  • Do not douche or wash your genitals
  • Do not change your clothes
  • Do not brush your teeth, floss, chew gum, or brush your hair
    It's OK if you have done any or all of the above. It's still important to come in.

What Happens at the Hospital

Your health care is always a priority for the Forensic Nurse Examiner. Everything that happens at the hospital is your choice.  You can say “No” to any part of the following.

A Forensic Nurse Examiner will discuss and may offer you:

Depending on your condition, you might be seen by the emergency department doctor.