Women's Sexual Assault Centre of Renfrew County

24hr Support and Crisis Line: 1-800-663-3060

"Women working together
to END sexual violence through community connections."

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  • 51% of Canadian women have experienced at least 1 incident of violence since the age of 16
  • 6% of sexual assaults are reported to the police
  • 69% of these women were sexually assaulted by someone known to them
  • 71.9% of the offenders are white males
  • People with disabilities are 150% more likely to get sexually abused or assaulted, than someone without disabilities.
  • 4.2 billion dollars is the partial estimated annual costs of sexual assault, abuse in intimate relationships, and childhood sexual abuse of girls and women
  • Six out of every 10 victims (61%) of sexual offences reported to police in 2002 were children and youth under 18 years old, according to new police-reported data.
These Statistics were taken from the Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre's Public Education & Action Kit for sexual assault prevention and StatsCan


If you have been sexually assaulted...
You may be feeling:
Afraid, confused, betrayed, angry, depressed  or like you want to die
Like it was your fault (it wasn't)
Like it is a secret that no one will understand and that you must bear it alone
Like you are losing your mind
You are having problems eating, sleeping or being intimate
Like the assault is happening all over again because the memories are so real (flashbacks of the assault)

If someone you know has been assaulted...
Believe her.  Know that she has no reason to lie.
Don't judge or blame her
Don't find reasons to excuse what happened
Listen. Let her tell you as much or as little as she wants.
Tell her it wasn't her fault
Ask her what she needs. Don't tell her what she needs
Help her find support
Remind her of her skills and strengths
Get support for your own feelings

If you have been sexually assaulted or know someone who has been, the Support and Crisis Line can help support you.
Call: 1-800-663-3060

Alcohol is the most common rape drug!
Ketamine               Special K
G.H.B.                     Ecstacy
Rohypnol              Roofies
  • These are all names of rape drugs that could be used on you. 
  • It is possible for anyone to be drugged. 
  • Rape drugs can be in alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks.
  • They can be colourless, odourless, and tasteless.

Click on link to watch how quick your drink can be spiked!


If you have been drugged you may feel drowsy, confused, dizzy or sick to your stomach, overly drunk, happy or outgoing.

You may also experience:
Loss of coordination
Inability to protect yourself from an attacker
Loss of memory
If you have been or believe you have been raped:
Remember that it is not your fault 
Seek support
Determine whether or not you want to go to the police
Keep a sample of the beverage, if it is available to you
If you would like to talk to someone about what happened,
please call 1-800-663-3060


Under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC), sexual harassment is against the law.

What is Sexual Harassment?
Sexual harassment is defined as any conduct, comment, gesture or contact of a sexual nature that could be considered inappropriate or offensive. It is an act of violence against women.

There are 2 different forms of sexual harassment:

Quid Pro Quo - which is offering promotions, raises or special assignments in return for sexual favours or attention, done by an employer or supervisor

Hostile Environment - this is a broader category. It involves someone making your environment uncomfortable in a variety of different ways. It could be unwanted sexual comments about appearance, unwanted sexual contact, pornographic pictures or cartoons, anything that makes the environment you are in uncomfortable or hostile.

If this is happening to you or anyone you know, you can call the support and crisis line for support at 1-800-663-3060
And remember to keep a record of any occurrence, if you decide to file a complaint the records will be very useful.


It has been estimated that 50% of survivors do not remember the abuse until years after it occurred.

Who is an Adult Survivor of Child Sexual Abuse?
An adult survivor is someone who was sexually abused as a child. The abuse my have had long term effects on their life. We use the word "survivor" instead of "victim" because it is a recognition of the strength it took to survive the abuse.
Some common long term effects are:
Depression, low self-esteem or self hatred
Problems sleeping
Inability to trust
Women survivors can find themselves in dangerous situations or relationships as adults
Flashbacks or remembering
Daydreaming, finding a place for the mind to go while the body is being abused

If you or someone you know thinks they may be a survivor of sexual abuse please call us at 1-800-663-3060, we can listen and offer support.

The information on this page was taken from National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, which is part of Health Canada.


Most offenders are not strangers. Studies have shown that in 9 out of 10 cases the perpetrator is either related or known to the child.

What is Child Sexual Abuse?
It occurs when an adult uses a child for sexual gratification. It involves the child being exposed to sexual contact, activity or behaviour, and may include invitation to sexual touching, intercourse or other forms of exploitation, such as juvenile prostitution or pornography. Child sexual abuse is NEVER the child’s fault.

It is important to remember that...
Victims of child sexual abuse come from all social, ethnic and economic groupings.
Children do not have the capability to consent, because they can't understand the consequences of adult- child sexual contact

Children have the right to be physically and emotionally safe at all times. Children are the most vulnerable members of our community. They do not have the power to stop abuse. They rely on others to help them. It is our responsibility to report the abuse of a child under 16, if we are given identifying information, under the Child and Family Services Act.

We are here to listen and support you.

If you would like more information you can email us at womcen@webhart.net

This information was taken from an article from the National Clearinghouse on Family Violence, which is part of Health Canada.


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Last modified: 01/08/2010