SUPPORTING SEXUAL VIOLENCE SURVIVORS
Did you know? Sexual assault cases are not always resolved through the criminal justice system.
Canadian research shows that only 33 out of every 1,000 sexual assault cases are reported to the police. While it is important that survivors of sexual violence have access to the legal system, they may also need other kinds of supports.
WHAT DOES SUPPORT MEAN?
For survivors of sexual violence, it means…
Being believed: feeling believed and reassured that they are not to blame for what happened
(Violence Against Women Learning Network, 2012: 27)
Trauma-informed: support people understand how trauma impacts survivors and the ways they cope
Culturally safe services: survivors identify that they need support people who understand their community identity (e.g., LGBTTIQQ2SAA+, Indigenous, Francophone, faith-based identity)
A variety of helpful options: crisis, ongoing support, help navigating systems
Dedicated sexual assault services: support by folks who know about sexual violence and its impacts.
This infographic was compiled by Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres, using data from an external review of sexual violence services in Ontario (Review of Sexual Violence and Harassment Counselling Services and Helplines. Ontario Ministry of the Status of Women. 2017).
If you or someone you know has been
affected by sexual violence, go to: www.sexualassaultsupport.ca/support
 Ontario Ministry of the Status of Women and Shore Consulting. November 2017. Review of Sexual Violence and Harassment Counselling Services and Helplines: Report. p. 6-7, 10.