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Division 41 | Child Abuse Unit | Missing Persons Unit | Sex Crimes Unit
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Reporting a Sexual Assault | Reporting a Missing Person

Sex Crimes Unit

A sexual assault is any unwanted touch for a sexual purpose. It can be a touch, a grab, a fondle or forced intercourse.



Please take a moment to watch this video message from Inspector Kelly Dennison, presented by Winnipeg Safe City:


What should a person do after a sexual assault?

To report a sexual assault call 9-1-1 in emergency situations or 204-986-6222 is non-emergent. To speak to a detective in confidence, call 204-986-6245.

Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to attend the Health Sciences Centre where a formal Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner program is in place to help you during this difficult time. You can, however, attend any hospital emergency room for assistance if it is a medical emergency.

To help the police gather evidence, DO NOT:

  • shower or bathe;
  • change or throw away your clothes;
  • wash your hands or comb your hair;
  • brush your teeth;
  • smoke,
  • chew gum,
  • take any drugs or alcohol
  • disturb the area of the occurrence.

Tell the police or hospital staff immediately if you think you may have been drugged by the date-rape or other drugs. Testing for drugs requires a urine sample within approximately 12 hours after the drugs were taken, or the toxins are naturally flushed from your system.

There is no time limit for reporting and laying charges for a sexual assault. But in any case, the sooner you call the police, the easier it is for them to collect the evidence needed to prove the charge.

What happens at the hospital?

The Health Science Centre has a private suite for victims of sexual assault. This suite includes an examination room, changing and showering facilities, and a private room to meet with detectives and/or counselors.

Specially trained nurses conduct a sexual assault protocol examination. This examination is for your health and well being and to collect DNA evidence.

If you are sexually assaulted by penetration, the examination at the hospital must be done within 72 hours of the assault to ensure the collection of DNA evidence. DNA can assist in the court process and needs to be collected as soon after the assault as possible.

Trained volunteers from the Klinic Community Health Center are available to every sexual assault victim treated at the Health Science Center. These volunteers provide information and support to the victim.

The victim can choose whether or not to speak with someone from Klinic, and whether or not the police become involved. If the victim speaks with the police, the victim retains the right to decide whether or not the police proceed with the case, with certain exceptions as noted below.


In certain cases, the police must become involved, even if a victim chooses not to proceed with a police investigation. Those exceptions occur when:

  • The suspect is an intimate or domestic partner. The Winnipeg Police Services policy on domestic violence requires police to proceed with the investigation if there are reasonable grounds to believe the victim was assaulted by a domestic partner.
  • The sexual assault involved a child under 16 years old.

In these cases, the police must proceed with an investigation.

Proceeding with a Police Investigation

If you choose to proceed with a police investigation, detectives meet you at the Health Science Centre and interview you regarding what has just happened. The interview may be videotaped for later use in court.

The police investigation is conducted by a team of professionals and volunteers specially trained to handle sexual assaults and provide support to victims. This team includes:

  • Detectives from the Sex Crimes Unit (both male and female)
  • Specially trained nurses
  • Trained Klinic volunteers for counseling
  • Follow-up assistance from Victim Services Unit

Our unit is available to you throughout the entire investigation. The Victim Services Unit contacts you, in confidence, to suggest counseling services and a variety of other services that may help you get through this difficult time.

To report a crime of sexual assault call 9-1-1 in emergency situations or 204-986-6222 is non-emergent. To speak to a detective in confidence, call 204-986-6245.



Province of Man Province of Manitoba - Manitoba Justice Sex Offender Notification Site
Health Sciences Centre - Sexual Assault Program Health Sciences Centre - Sexual Assault Program
KLINIC KLINIC Sexual Assault Crisis Line (24-hours - 204-786-8631)
PACCA Provincial Advisory Committee on Child Abuse (PACCA)
PACCA Manitoba Family Services/Child and Family Services

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Last update: April 27, 2017

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