Childhood Sexual Abuse Resources
Where do I start looking?
Your local communities have a wealth of resources and knowledge, which may be an initial place for you to start with, especially if you have just been abused and wish to report it.
Your regional police department will have information for people who wish to report sexual assault or abuse. If you are uncomfortable going to strangers, your family doctor is another excellent resource and would be able to assist you.
If you or a family member are in immediate danger, there are many family shelters you can go to for safety. To find one quickly, your police department or doctor can assist you.
Within Ontario, many of the local hospitals have sexual assault centres. Information for these centres can be found on the internet, or through your region's Public Health Unit. Your region will also have a Family Children's Services available which can be located on the internet for information.
If you aren't ready to use available community resources, there is a lot of information on the internet. One precaution - please make sure that the sites you are visiting and relying upon are legitimate and accurate!
Before I was ever ready to seek formal assistance, one thing that helped me was connecting with a virtual support group where I could talk to other victims (remotely) and they would never see me or know my name or where I was from. It was a way of talking about my experiences, hear from others who had similar experiences, and realize that I was not alone. There are many online virtual support groups, but but be cautious because they could trigger a lot of emotions, feelings and suppressed memories. Make sure that they are set up in a way that protect you, but still offer what you are searching for. There should be strict rules in place for communications with group members, especially a way to voice a warning if you are going to speak about something specific that could be a trigger for other members. Members should always have a choice if they want to read the content.
1-800-4-A-CHILD (American Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline)
1-800-668-6868 (Canadian Kids Helpline)
I have started putting together a list of links that I feel would be helpful for victims, or people looking to help a victim. I must admit that there is a focus on Southwestern Ontario since that is where I live, but I'm hoping this list will grow as time goes on.
For those of you who reside within Waterloo Region, I've also collected some information specifically for you. For those of you who are not from Waterloo Region, this list should be an example of resources you can looking for within your community or region.
Last Updated August 17, 2013