I have been sexually assaulted
If you were recently sexually assaulted, you will be experiencing a very personal reaction to the assault, depending on various factors:
- your age
- your personality
- the form of the assault
- your relationship to the assailant
- whether you were sexually abused in childhood
- the degree of violence inflicted
- the reaction of your friends and family
- the presence of other stress factors in your life
You will undoubtedly experience some or all of the following emotions:
anger, anxiety, depression, fatigue, fear, guilt,hostility, irritability, loneliness, marginalization,sadness,weakness.
Depending on your personality and your life situation, you may also have various needs:
- Do you feel the need to talk to someone and confide in them? If so, who?
- Are you in a safe place? Do you want to call someone close to you or someone else you trust and ask them to come and meet you?
- Do you need to see a doctor? Do you have medical concerns or questions? Do you have injuries? Do you need a doctor’s note to justify an absence from work or school? At the MSAC, we recommend that you have a medical examination for health reasons, including treatment of injuries, pregnancy prevention and tests/treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
- Do you want to press charges? Do you have questions about police and legal procedures?
- Do you need time and/or more information before deciding whether or not press charges?
- Are you worried about losing pay if you take time off work? Are you thinking of moving because you no longer feel safe in your home? Were your glasses broken during the assault?
Anyone who has been sexually assaulted has the right to ask for help.
Who can help you?
Call one of our two bilingual helplines 24 hours a day, seven days a week:
Crisis line 514-934-4504
Toll-free provincial helpline 1-888-933-9007
Specially trained caregivers and volunteers will receive your call,listen to you, determine your needs and help you to decide what to do next.
- If were recently the victim of a sexual assault, it is important that you go to a designated centre to obtain medical and psychological care. Regardless of whether or not you decide to report the assault or have apparent physical injuries, you are entitled to receive this assistance. The designated centres were created to provide complete, accessible services specifically for victims of sexual assault. You will be cared for and supported by professionals who have been trained in working with victims of sexual assault. Be assured that nothing will be done without your consent.
- There are designated centres in every region of Quebec, offering confidential services to victims of sexual assault 24 hours a day, seven days a week. If you are considering reporting the assault, it is very important that you go to a designated centre as quickly as possible so that the personnel can do a full medical-social examination and, if necessary, complete a forensic evidence kit.
- Getting help as quickly as possible will help you to begin recovering from the assault and feel less alone.
The MSAC, in partnership with the CSSS de la Montagne, CLSC Métro and the Montreal General Hospital, is one of the four designated centres in Montreal. If you have any questions, you can always contact emergency personnel at 514-934-0505, ext. 7455.
The other designated centres in Montreal are located in the emergency rooms of three different hospitals in the city. Information is available on the website of the Table de concertation sur les agressions à caractère sexuel de Montréal.
If you are outside of Montreal, call the toll-free provincial helpline for victims of sexual assault at 1-888-933-9007 to find a designated centre in your area.
«Information Guide for Sexual Assault Victims » Table de concertation sur les agressions à caractère sexuel de Montréal, 2012.
Table de concertation sur les agressions à caractère sexuel de Montréal www.agressionsexuellemontreal.ca