Sexual Assault

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Sexual assault is any unwanted act of a sexual nature imposed by one person upon another. Sexual assault of any kind is a crime, even in a marriage or dating relationship. A victim of sexual assault does not entice or provoke the assault by their behaviour, dress or whereabouts. If the person does not consent to the activity, then any sexual contact is an assault upon that person.

Sexual assault can be physical, verbal, or occur without contact. Any sexual activity without consent is a form of sexual assault. Some examples include:

  • Sexual contact with someone who did not provide consent or revoked consent
  • Sexual contact with someone who is unable or does not have the capacity to provide consent (e.g. intoxicated, asleep)
  • Rape or attempted rape
  • Sexual coercion
  • Sexual contact with a child
  • Unwanted touching above or below clothes
  • Sexual harassment or threats
  • Sending someone unwanted texts or “sexts” (texting sexual photos or messages)
  • Voyeurism – when someone watches private sexual acts without consent

What can you do if you’ve been sexually assaulted?

  • You can tell someone that you trust.
  • You can contact the police.
  • You can attend the hospital

You can contact Victim Services for more information on your options.

Chatham-Kent Victim Services
24 Third Street
Chatham, ON N7M 5K5
Chatham-Kent Sexual Assault Crisis Centre: 519-354-8688
Chatham-Kent Coordinating Committee to end Violence Against Women:
Chatham-Kent Women’s Centre: 519-453-6360
Chatham-Kent Police Service – Intimate Partner Violence Coordinator: 519-436-6600
Changing Ways Partner Assault Response Program: 519-352-0438
Canadian Mental Health Association Crisis Line: 1-866-299-7447
Chatham-Kent Health Alliance: 519-352-6400 x 6382
linck – Child, Youth & Family Supports: 519-352-0440
Family Service Kent: 519-354-6221

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If you require support, contact our office at 519.436.6630

If you are experiencing an emergency, dial 911 for immediate assistance.

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