If you have been sexually assaulted and are in immediate danger:
- Find a safe location away from the perpetrator
- Call 911 or Campus Security immediately at 416.491.5050 ext. 88
If you have experienced or been affected by sexual violence:
- Consider making a formal report. Campus Security can document what happened to you and assist you with reporting to the police, if you decide to do so. 416.491.5050 ext. 88 or visit your local campus Security Office
- Consider seeking medical care. Medical attention is especially important if the violence was recent, even if there are no obvious or visible injuries. Specific resources are listed below.
- Tell someone you trust. Share with someone you feel comfortable with, like a friend or loved one, and tell them how they can help.
- Seek professional support. Seneca’s Counselling and Accessibility Services are here to support you and can help you navigate resources on and off campus.
Seneca has a number of resources available to students on all campuses. There are multiple places on campus where you can receive assistance if you have been impacted directly or indirectly by sexual violence. We are committed to protecting your dignity and treating you with compassion.
- 416.491.5050 ext. 88
Students, staff and faculty can formally report incidents of sexual violence to campus security. They are available 24-hour, seven days a week at Newnham, King, Seneca@York and Markham campuses. They can also assist you with reporting to police, safety planning, as well as connecting you to on-campus resources.
Counselling and Accessibility Services
- King Campus, Room Gstrong118 416.491.5050 ext. 55157
- Markham Campus, Room 280 416.491.5050 ext. 77508
- Newnham Campus, Room E2427 416.491.5050 ext. 22900
- Seneca@York Campus, Room S1175 416.491.5050 ext. 33150
Counselling and Accessibility Services can provide confidential support from professional counsellors for students. They are available Monday to Friday during business hours. Counselling support is available to all those impacted, including survivors, witnesses and students accused of sexual violence. They can also assist students with connections to resources and providing accommodations as needed.
The Health Centre
- Newnham Campus, Room G2652 416.491.5050 ext. 22965
Students, staff and faculty can receive medical care from Seneca’s Health Centre. They do not provide specialized sexual assault care, however they can assist with referrals to local sexual assault / domestic violence care centres. Walk-in services are supported by our nursing staff and are provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Student Conduct Office
- Newnham Campus, Room E2403 416.491.5050 ext. 22078
- King Campus, Room GH2103 416.491.5050 ext. 55008
- Markham Campus, Room 189 416.491.5050 ext. 77470
- Seneca@York Campus, Room S1170 416.491.5050 ext. 33008
Students, staff and faculty who wish to report incidents of sexual violence can receive assistance from the Student Conduct Office. They investigate incidents of sexual violence when the accused person is a student, and can provide you with referrals to other on-campus resources.
Women’s College Hospital Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre
- 76 Grenville Street, Ground floor (in the AACU), Room 1305 416.323.6040
The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre is available 24-hours, seven days a week, and provides comprehensive services which assists women, men, and trans people who are survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Some of their services include documentation of injuries, collection of forensic evidence, testing and treatment of STIs, follow-up counselling, and referrals to police.
Scarborough Hospital Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre
- Birchmount campus, 3030 Birchmount Road, Emergency department 416.495.2400
- General campus, 3050 Lawrence Avenue East, Emergency department 416.438.2911
The Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre at The Scarborough Hospital (TSH) is available 24.7, seven days a week, and provides comprehensive services which assists women, men, and trans people who are survivors of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Some of their services include documentation of injuries, collection of forensic evidence, testing and treatment of STIs, and referrals to police.
Ontario Coalition of Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Treatment Centres
The Ontario Network of Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Treatment Centres is made up of 35 hospital-based centres that provide 24.7 emergency care to women, children and men who have been sexually assaulted or who are victims or survivors of domestic violence (intimate partner) abuse. Services include: emergency medical and nursing care, crisis intervention, collection of forensic evidence, medical follow-up and counselling and referral to community resources
Assaulted Women’s Helpline
24-hours, seven days a week crisis and referral support across Ontario for survivors of violence.
Toll free: 1.866.863.0511
24-hours, seven days a week crisis and referral support for French-speaking women across Ontario impacted by violence.
Support Services for Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse
24-hours, seven days a week crisis and referral support across Ontario for male-identified persons impacted by violence.
Toronto Rape Crisis Centre
24-hours, seven days a week peer crisis line, in-person counselling, advocacy services and support services for women and trans persons.
Crisis line: 416.597.8808
Admin line: 416.597.1171
Women’s Support Network of York Region
24-hours, seven days a week crisis line, in-person counselling, workshops and youth program.
Toll free: 1.800.263.6734
Human trafficking crisis line: 905-758-5285
Yellow Brick House
24-hours, seven days a week crisis line, emergency shelter and individual counselling for women survivors of abuse.
Crisis line: 1.800.263.3247
Emergency shelter: 905.727.1944
Services line: 1.877.222.8438
Barbara Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
Counselling, legal, advocacy and referral support for women and non-binary gendered persons.
416.323.9149 ext. 278
Adult support groups for survivors of childhood sexual abuse (female and male groups).
Admin line: 416.255.5900 ext. 222
Young Adult drop-in program (ages 18-24) for survivors of childhood sexual abuse.
Intake line: 416.255.5900
Scarborough Women’s Centre
Referrals, information, counselling and workshops for women survivors of violence.
Family Services Toronto
Offers individual, short-term counselling for all genders.
Family Services Toronto: Counselling for women survivors of violence
Family Services Toronto: Counselling for male survivors of sexual violence
Ontario Victim Support Line
24-hours, seven days a week information and referral counselling, locating services in or near survivor’s community across Ontario.
Ontario Coalition of Rape Crisis Centres
Sexual Assault Centres in Ontario offer confidential and free counselling to survivors of recent and historical sexual assault. You can contact a centre to ask about individual or group counselling for survivors of sexual violence.
If you are in immediate danger or need help, call 911.
You can formally report to the police at any time as there is no statue of limitations for reporting sexual assault in Canada. If you report to the police, you are not required to press charges for a criminal case and they can connect you with other resources and supports.
Sexual assault investigations can take anywhere from a few months to a few years. Reporting to the police does not mean that they will lay a charge, as they may not have enough evidence to proceed. If possible, it’s helpful to report to the police division in which the crime took place. However, if you’re unsure, go to the police division nearest you.
For more information on the reporting, investigation and criminal process, Toronto Police Services has released a guide to help survivors.
Toronto Police Services
York Regional Police
Peel Region Police
Durham Region Police
Positively engages men through relevant educational programming and challenges harmful ideas of manhood that lead to violence against women.
Ontario Women’s Directorate
The Ontario government’s action plan to stop sexual violence and harassment.
Women’s Legal Education and Action Fund
Information about consent in relation to sexual assault.
Bill 132: Sexual Violence and Harassment Action Plan Act, 2016
In response to the Ontario government’s Action Plan (It’s Never Okay: An Action Plan to Stop Sexual Violence and Harassment), Bill 132 amended various existing statutes with respect to sexual violence, sexual harassment, and domestic violence.
Use the Right Words: Media Reporting on Sexual Violence in Canada
Information guide regarding sexual violence coverage in Canadian media, including resources for journalists, community organizers and educators.