If you do not go ahead with a criminal investigation, police will still connect you with support services to help with your recovery.
Services include face-to-face counselling, legal and medical services, personal safety planning and public education.
The victims are as young as 12, tricked into the sex trade by “Romeo” pimps who sell a dream of money, love and security.
9) Services for victims do not end after the court proceedings do.
People who need help coping with trauma in the aftermath of an assault can continue to have access to community support services.
On Monday, former deputy prime minister Sheila Copps also spoke out, saying she was sexually assaulted by a member of the Ontario legislature more than 30 years ago.
Copps said she came forward to shed light on a number of systemic problems with investigating sexual assaults on Parliament Hill and elsewhere.
Canadian Centre for Justice Statistics, Uniform Crime Reporting Survey.
Table 7 Police-reported crime for selected offences, by province and territory, 2012.
Limits of a criminal justice response: Trends in police and court processing of sexual assault. (Ed.), Sexual Assault in Canada: Law, Legal Practice, and Women’s Activism.
Developing a University-Wide Institutional Response to Sexual Assault and Relationship Violence, Journal of Prevention &Intervention in the Community, 36:1-2.
If an offender is paroled, they are required to serve their sentence under supervision and specified conditions in the community.
You can register to be notified of parole hearings.
7.) A sexual assault investigation can take anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of years.