Legal Options Following Sexual Assault

Your Decision to Report

Reporting the sexual assault is a decision each survivor must make for her/him self. Reporting may not be part of your healing path. For survivors who decide to report, it is important to remember that support can help you through this very trying process.  There is no statute of limitations on reporting a sexual assault in Canada.

The Kingston Police Sexual Assault Unit is located at 705 Division Street and can be contacted at 613-549-4660 ext. 6219.  We can also provide accompaniments to the police station if requested.

If you want support before reporting or an accompaniment to the police station, call our 24 Hour Crisis and Support Line.

If You Decide to Report, You Have the Right to…

  • Get immediate medical care after reporting the sexual assault to the police, if you have not yet received care. Please note that the police can be contacted while or after receiving care from the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Program at the Kingston General Hospital at your request.
  • Be treated with courtesy, compassion, and respect for your personal dignity and privacy.
  • Request the police officer who will take your statement be of the same gender as you.
  • Describe what happened in your own words without interruption. Please note that SAC Kingston workers cannot accompany you into the statement room. This protects our workers from later being subpoenaed to testify in court as to what they heard.
  • Ask for the discussions to take place in a more private location.
  • Ask for clarification of any question or the purpose of any question.
  • Take a break from questioning.
  • Be given a copy of your statement as soon as possible after it has been completed.
  • Have an interpreter, if your first language is not English.
  • Have communication and/or transportation assistance, if you have a disability.
  • Make a complaint to the police if you’re unhappy with the way you were treated.
  • Have a supporter accompany you to the police station.

~ adapted from Sexual Assault: The Law, Your Rights as a Victim, Victoria Legal Aid

A Note about Duty to Warn

In certain circumstances, we have a duty to report, meaning we are obligated to break confidentiality and report when we suspect we can prevent clear, immediate, and serious danger to someone who may be in danger. The circumstances are if a client threatens to commit suicide or to harm others, or if a child (a person under 16 years of age) is harmed or is at risk of harm.  Please see our Privacy Policy for more information.

Surviving the System Handbook, created by the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children, offers comprehensive advice on using the legal system if you are a survivor of sexualized violence.


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