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Sex Crimes Unit

Have you been sexually assaulted? Know someone who has? There is help & the survivor has options for what happens next.

The Sexual Assault Response Team at the Health Sciences Centre Emergency is a critical first step in getting medical & emotional care: http://www.hsc.mb.ca/emergencyNurseExam.html

SART includes specially trained nurses, Sexual Assault Crisis workers from Klinic Community Health and investigators from the Winnipeg Police Service.

The level of care you receive and whether or not you make a police report is your choice.

You can also access on-going community supports, such as:

  • KlinicCommunity Health;
  • Kani Kanichihk;
  • Manitoba Justice Victim Services; and
  • WPS Victim Services Unit.

If you’re unsure about where to get medical attention, would to talk about your options or want to talk to a counsellor, please call the Sexual Assault Crisis Program Line 24/7:

  • 204-786-8631
  • 1-800-292-7565

It's not your fault, and you are not alone.

There are people who want to help:

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

IF YOU ARE THE VICTIM OF A SEXUAL ASSAULT,
THERE IS A TEAM OF PROFESSIONALS READY TO HELP YOU.

PLEASE REMEMBER BEING SEXUALLY ASSAULTED IS NEVER YOUR FAULT.

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 for non-emergency situations. To speak to a detective from the Sex Crimes Unit in confidence, call 204-986-6245.

Victims of sexual assault are encouraged to attend the Health Sciences Centre where a formal Sexual Assault Protocal Exam 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 a date-rape or other intoxicating substances. 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 Sciences 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 (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) conduct a sexual assault protocol examination (SAP exam). This examination is for your health and well being and to collect forensic evidence, including possible DNA.

If you have been sexually assaulted where penetration has occured, the SAP exam at the hospital must be done within 120 hours of the assault to ensure the collection of forensic evidence. This evidence can assist in the court process and needs to be collected and preserved 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 Sciences 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 to have the police 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.

Exceptions

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 offender 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 may meet you at the Health Sciences Centre and interview you regarding your incident. The interview will be videotaped and may be used for court purposes.

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 (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners)
  • Trained Klinic volunteers for counseling
  • Follow-up assistance from Victim Services Unit

The Sex Crimes 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 sexual assault call 9-1-1 in emergency situations or 204-986-6222 for non-emergency situations. To speak to a detective from the Sex Crimes Unit in confidence, call 204-986-6245.

Third Party Reporting of Sexual Assault Offences

The Winnipeg Police Service, in partnership with Klinic Community Health Centre, Heart Medicine Lodge (Ka Ni Kanichihk) and Sage House (Mount Carmel Clinic) is pleased to announce the development of a new protocol in the City of Winnipeg for survivors of sexual abuse. Third Party Reporting offers survivors the option of reporting the details of their case anonymously to the WPS through a third-party Community Based Victim Services Agency.


Links

Sage House (Mount Carmel Clinic)
https://www.mountcarmel.ca/ways-to-give/wish-lists/sage-house/
Heart Medicine Lodge (Ka Ni Kanichihk)
http://www.kanikanichihk.ca/
Province of Man Province of Manitoba - Manitoba Justice Sex Offender Notification Site
www.gov.mb.ca/justice/commsafe/notification/index.html
Health Sciences Centre - Sexual Assault Program Health Sciences Centre - Sexual Assault Program
http://hsc.mb.ca/emergencynurseexam.html
KLINIC KLINIC Sexual Assault Crisis Line (24-hours - 204-786-8631)
http://www.klinic.mb.ca/counsel-sexual.htm
PACCA Provincial Advisory Committee on Child Abuse (PACCA)
http://www.pacca.mb.ca/index.html
PACCA Manitoba Family Services/Child and Family Services
https://www.gov.mb.ca/fs/childfam/index.html
 

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