Common Questions

What assistance is available for victims of sexual assault?

Sexual assault means any form of sexual contact without a person’s consent – including the threat of sexual contact without consent. Victims of sexual assault can find help through a variety of services, such as VictimLINK, British Columbia Society for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse, Qmunity Resource Centre, and Helpline for Children.

Good starting points include:

  • Help Starts Here: Information on Sexual Assault, from the provincial government, provides an overview of services available to victims of sexual assault.
  • Victims Info, from the Justice Education Society of BC and the provincial government, is an online resource for victims and witnesses of crime in BC. Look for the page on Sexual Assault, as well as the Get Help page.
  • Talking About Abuse: Sexual Assault and Date Rape , from the People's Law School, are videos in Tagalog, Farsi (Persian), Russian, Korean, and Mandarin that discuss the impact of sexual assault. They also describe where women in BC can go to get help.
For more information and support, contact a victim support worker. Call VictimLink BC or use the HelpMap to find a victim support worker in your community.

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Last reviewed May 2015

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