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The Toronto Police Services is here to provide assistance and support. For further information on the community support resources available to you, sexual assault investigations, possible outcomes and the criminal court process visit our Guide for Survivors of Sexual Assault, which can be found at the bottom of the page.

Along the bottom you will see quick exit instructions. If at any time you feel you are in danger please call 911.

Who can I call right now to help me?

For immediate assistance that is free, confidential, non-judgemental and available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, please contact:

Victim Services Toronto
40 College Street
Toronto, ON M5G 2J3
416-808-7066
24 Hours a Day / 7 Days a Week
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.victimservicestoronto.com

Call 2-1-1
Website: www.211toronto.ca

Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape
24 hour crisis line: 416-597-8808
Crisis email address: [email protected]
Regular email address: [email protected]
Website: www.trccmwar.ca

The TPS is here to provide assistance and support. For further information on community support resources available to you, visit our Guide for Survivors of Sexual Assault.

What can I do?

A Sexual Assault Domestic Violence Care Centre (SA/DVCC) provides emergency service, follow-up health care and counselling to both female, male and trans survivors of recent sexual assault and intimate partner violence.

Care is available 24 hours/day and includes: crisis intervention; physical examination; documentation of injuries (including photographs); testing and treatment for sexually transmitted infections and pregnancy; forensic evidence collection for release to police (or stored at the hospital); safety planning; and referrals for ongoing support.

Follow-up health care and counselling are also available at a SA/DVCC.

You do not need to make a report to the police to access the services of the SA/DVCC.

The Sexual Assault Evidence Kit (SAEK) is a specially sealed box that contains envelopes, bottles and other containers used to collect evidence. Evidence can be collected at many different points in time, however the sooner the better. There is a greater chance of collecting physical evidence within 72 hours of the assault; however evidence may still be available up to 12 days later.

Although evidence is not absolutely necessary in a prosecution, it greatly assists the police with their investigation. Evidence is very important in any investigation; therefore, the collection of evidence in a timely manner should be considered. The likelihood of collecting evidence diminishes when reporting is delayed.

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centres in Toronto are:

Women’s College Hospital
76 Grenville Street
Toronto, Ontario, M5S 1B2
416-323-6040
www.womenscollegehospital.ca/programs-and-services/sexual-assault-domestic-violence-care-centre/

Scarborough and Rouge Hospital
3030 Birchmount Road
Toronto, Ontario, M1W 3W3
416-495-2555
www.sacc.to

The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Program
555 University Avenue
Room 6427 Black Wing
(416) 813-6275 (day time)
(416) 813-7500 (24 Hours)
www.sickkids.ca/scan

For further information on SA/DVCC care centres visit our Guide for Survivors of Sexual Assault, or our Community Resources Page. For more information on Sexual Assault Evidence Kits visit our Sexual Assault Evidence Kit Page.

There is no “right” way to feel. Sexual assault can cause trauma, and can result in a variety of feelings, thoughts, sensations and emotions, both during and after the incident.

Responses to highly stressful situations vary from person to person and not all people will experience the same reactions at the same level of intensity, nor for the same length of time.

However, it is important to recognize that whatever the reaction is, it is a normal human response.

There are many resources available to you after the sexual assault, during the investigation and after the trial. The people who work at these support agencies are not officers.

The TPS is here to provide assistance and support. On this site you can find further information on Community Resources available to you, sexual assault investigations, possible outcomes and the criminal court process. You can also visit our Guide for Survivors of Sexual Assault.

If the sexual assault just happened, or you are in immediate danger, call 911.

If it did not just happen, then call the main Toronto Police phone number, 416-808-2222 and a uniformed officer will attend your location.

Once dispatched to a sexual assault, the uniformed officer will:

The TPS is here to provide assistance and support. On this site you can find further information on Community Resources available to you, sexual assault investigations, possible outcomes and the criminal court process. You can also visit our Guide for Survivors of Sexual Assault.

Download a copy of the Guide to Sexual Assault in your language

This Project has been made possible by a grant from the Government of Ontario

For the purpose of this website, the Toronto Police Service has used “survivor” as an umbrella term to refer to anyone who has been sexually assaulted. However, we support a person’s right to choose how they wish to be identified. It is also important to note, this is not legal advice. Every effort is made to provide precise information, however your rights and a police officer’s responsibilities depend on the situation. If, at any time, you're unsure of your rights you can ask the police officer. They are required to tell you. The Toronto Police Service bears no responsibility for information on other websites. While we strive to maintain accurate and survivor-focused resources, it cannot be guaranteed. This project has been made possible by a grant from the Government of Ontario.