Should You Report to the Police?
One of the first decisions to make is to decide whether or not to involve the police. For the most part, you have the right to make this decision. The exceptions to this are:
1) If the victim has been sexually assaulted by a past or current intimate or domestic partner and the police become aware of it. In this circumstance, the Winnipeg Police Service policy on domestic violence requires police to proceed with an investigation if there are reasonable grounds to believe the victim was sexually assaulted.
2) The sexual assault involved a child under 16 years old. In these cases, the police must become involved and proceed with an investigation.
Do what feels best for you and what meets your needs, not anyone else’s.
What if You Do Decide to Report?
Try to preserve any evidence you can. Try not to wash, bathe, douche, change, or destroy your clothes. Try not to alter the area where the assault occurred.
Even if you have done any of the above, it may still be possible for police to collect evidence.
Call the police. They will ask you to give details of the assault.
In some cases, specially trained detectives (such as the Sex Crimes Unit) may become involved.
You can report a sexual assault at anytime, with or without evidence.
The law in Canada recognizes three levels of sexual assault, each showing an increasing degree of physical injury or potential for physical injury.
For more information visit the Winnipeg Police Service’s Sex Crimes Unit.