If You Have Been Sexually Assaulted…
- Go to a safe place.
- Contact someone you trust or who can help you, a friend, family member and/or contact at least one of the following services in our community:
The Women in Crisis 24 Hour Helpline
519-836-5710 or 1-800-265-7233. They can offer support and information about your options. Women in Crisis offers a range of services, including the Sexual Assault Centre, Marianne’s Place Women’s Shelter, the Rural Women’s Support Program and the Transitional and Housing and Support Program. For an overview of their services click here.
Your Local Hospital
If you’re hurt or in need of immediate care, go to the emergency department at your local hospital to receive treatment for your injuries.
- Guelph General Hospital (Guelph): 519-837-6440 x2210
- Groves Memorial Community Hospital (Fergus): 519-843-2010
- Louise Marshall Hospital (Mount Forest): 519-323-2210
The emergency department is the main way to get in touch with the Care & Treatment Centre. Once you are seen in emergency, a nurse from the Care & Treatment Centre will come to meet with you. These nurses are specially trained to respond to sexual assault, sexual abuse and domestic violence. If you are not hurt and it is between 9am and 5pm, you can contact the Care & Treatment Centre directly at 519-837-6440 x2728. Your information will be kept confidential and will not be reported to the police. You will have the choice of having evidence collected.
Your Local Police
Call 911 to report the assault. REMEMBER, the assault was not your fault. The member organizations of the Guelph-Wellington Action Committee on Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence are committed to providing a coordinated response for victims of sexual assault and domestic violence. We ensure that no matter what entry point you reach out to for help and services you will receive information about all of your choices and options.
You are not alone. We can help.