Sexual assault is an unwanted attack that is sexual in nature. It can affect people of all social, cultural and demographic spheres.
This type of violence not only includes rape, but refers to any type of sexual behaviour or contact that occurs without the victim’s consent.
The Criminal Code of Canada has identified three levels of sexual assault:
- Sexual assault
- Sexual assault with a weapon, threats to a third party or causing bodily harm
- Aggravated sexual assault
If you have been sexually assaulted, or know someone who has been sexually assaulted, you should seek help immediately. Call the police, who can take you to the hospital. It is recommended not to move or clean anything that could help with the police investigation, such as changing your clothes, showering or brushing your hair. A victim of sexual assault may want to call the sexual assault centre in their community.
For a detailed explanation about consent consider watching the following video:
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For non-emergencies, call the Cochrane RCMP
359-1st Street East, Cochrane
• 24-hour multilingual service
• information and referral specialists
Calgary Communities Against Sexual Violence
• Provides specialized and individualized services to address the needs of sexual abuse and sexual assault survivors, their significant others and the broader community.
• Core services include crisis intervention, counselling, education, outreach, police and court support.
Suite 700, 910 – 7th Ave. S.W.
Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team
Sheldon M. Chumir Urgent Care Centre (14 years or older)
1213 – 4th Street SW, Calgary or any emergency department or urgent care centre.
Alberta Children’s Hospital Emergency Department (under 14 years of age)
2888 Shanappi Trail NW, Calgary
• Tell the triage nurse when you check-in that you or your child has been sexually assaulted.
• Registered nurses, doctors and crisis counsellors offer medical treatment, emotional support and education about options for care and reporting for people who have been sexually assaulted in the past 4 days.
Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre
• Empower those impacted by child abuse to lead healthy and productive lives by creating a community that responds collectively to child abuse.
• Treats abused children, youth and their families.
• Supports recovery, seeks to stop the cycle of abuse and bring perpetrators to justice.
Calgary and Area Child and Family Services
• Assists with supports and services to children, youth, adults and families.
24-hour intervention services intake line:
Calgary and Area Child and Family Services Child Abuse Hotline:
Ph: 1-800-387-KIDS (5437)
Stoney Child and Family Services
• Provides resources to support First Nations communities to empower children, youth and families.
• Serves Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley communities.