University of Toronto

Community Safety Office

416.978.1485 CSO Main Line

What is Sexual Assault?

Sexual Assault is any unwanted sexual contact. This includes sexual contact made by opportunity (e.g. you were intoxicated and could not say no), coercion, intimidation, threats or the use of force. It is important to remember that sexual assault takes many forms, some of which do not involve penetration. Grabbing someone’s breasts, genitals or buttocks is sexual assault, so is someone making you touch them for a sexual purpose. You have been sexually assaulted if someone forces you to kiss or fondle them, to have anal, oral, or vaginal intercourse, or to participate in any other type of sexual activity without your consent.

It’s not your fault

Sexual assault can happen to anyone regardless of age, race, gender, class, status, sexual orientation, ability, religion, or physical appearance. You can be sexually assaulted on a date, in your home, at work or on the street. You can be assaulted by a partner, trusted friend, close relative, or a complete stranger. There's no such thing as a "typical" sexual assault.

Assistance

The Community Safety Office can provide confidential support and assistance to individuals who have been sexually assaulted.  The CSO serves all three University of Toronto campuses (St. George, UTM, UTSC).

The Community Safety Office can provide a safe and supportive environment. We will identify and explain all of your options (ie. criminal charges); assist with arranging for medical treatment and/or sexual assault evidence collection kit, co-create safety plans; make appropriate referrals (ie. to counselling services); advocate for academic support; as well as, offer options to address any need for safe housing.

The Univeristy of Toronto offers counselling services during weekday office hours at all three campuses.   All counselling services are client-centred and confidential in nature, notwithstanding situations involving imminent risk of harm to self/others, or in which children are involved.  Please call to make an appointment. 

St. George

Health and Wellness Centre

Koffler Student Services

214 College St.

Toronto, ON, M5S 2E4

416.978.8030

UTM

Health & Counselling Centre

Davis Building, Room 1123A

3359 Mississauga Rd.

Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6

905.828.5255.

UTSC

Health & Wellness Centre

Student Centre, SL-270

1265 Military Trail

Scarborough ON, M1C 1A4

416-.287.7065

For information about counselling services and resources off-campus including after-hours support, please see here

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED?

CRUCIAL 3 DAYS:

Obtaining medical care after a sexual assault is an important option. You may have some injuries. You may be worried about getting a sexually transmitted disease or of becoming pregnant.

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres are located within a hospital and provide a team of nurses and doctors who are specially trained to care for people who have been sexually assaulted. There is a doctor and a nurse on call 24 hours a day to help individuals following a sexual assault. The Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres provide: medical treatment; documentation should you consider now or in the future to inform the police; safety planning and risk assessment; social work/counselling services; referrals to services in your community; cultural interpretation services; and, follow-up services.

Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres will collect and store forensic evidence should you decide to inform police. You can think of it as an ‘evidence safety deposit box’. Your collection kit will only to turned over to police for analysis with your consent.

IN ORDER TO PRESERVE AS MUCH FORENSIC EVIDENCE AS POSSIBLE:

  • DO NOT shower or wash any parts of your body
  • DO NOT brush your teeth
  • DO NOT change your clothes.
  • If you have removed any clothing, bring the item with you in a clean brown paper bag.
  • If applicable, bring any bedding or towels with you in a clean brown paper bag.
  • Bring a comfortable change of clothes with you.

For immediate assistance, call the centre most convenient to you:

Toronto East (Scarborough)



Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre 416.495.2555

Toronto Central



Toronto Rape Crisis Centre 416.597.8808



Sexual Assualt and Domestic Violence Care Centre 416.323.6300

Toronto West/Peel Region (Mississauga and Brampton) 



Sexual Assualt/Rape Crisis Centre 905.273.9442

For more information on the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centre near you:



www.satcontario.com

IS IT NORMAL TO BE EXPERIENCING THESE FEELINGS?

Impacts Of Sexual Assault
  • Self Blame: Most people who have experienced sexual violence believe that they somehow could have prevented it from occurring. Feeling of failure for not seeing the signs or for not stopping the assault from happening are very common response to being sexually assaulted.
  • Shame: many people feel ashamed about what has happened. They feel they will be judged by others if they tell them about what has occurred. This shame often prevents people from asking for help.
  • Low self esteem and lack of confidence: Feelings of worthlessness, shame and inadequacy are common responses to experiencing sexual assault.
  • Changes in overall behavior: Your behavior may change from your normal pattern. You may experience sleeplessness, or sleep more than usual. Your appetite may change. You may experience changes in your relationships, in how you feel about sex and intimacy. Your assumptions about your safety in the world may be altered due to this experience.
  • Remembering: Many survivors try to block the experience from their memory. This is a normal response. At times, particular events, smells etc. will trigger memories or flashbacks. Flashbacks are memories that might make you feel as though the event is happening all over again, right then and there.
These feelings are common and can be expected during recovery. Talking with someone, and seeking out supports can be helpful. Remember, it wasn’t your fault and there are services that can assist you.

For a list of on-campus and off-campus resources, please click: Emergency Resources

no

* ‘No means No’ campaign, Canadian Federation of Students

Your Safety Matters

© University of Toronto
www.cso.utoronto.ca | Contacts | University Switchboard: (416) 978-2011