You have choices and you’re not alone.
What legal options do survivors have?
If You Are Ready To Tell Your Story,
You Have Legal Options
Sexual abuse survivors come from all walks of life.
What are common types of sexual assault?
Adults who were abused in childhood were too young to fully comprehend or articulate what was happening to them. Some children may have tried to tell someone but no one believed them, while others may have been too embarrassed or didn’t know who to turn to and so suffered in silence. It’s important to remember that a child cannot consent to abuse.
Everyone has the right to a safe and respectful work environment. If you have experienced sexual assault by someone at your workplace, you have legal options.
Workplace sexual assault is one of the most common types of assault in Canada—and one of the most under-reported.
We include employer responsibility in our investigation. Employers are responsible for the actions of their employees and creating a safe environment. If you have experienced sexual assault in the workplace, your employer can also be held accountable for the actions of their employees if vicarious liability is determined.
There is no time limit on bringing forward a childhood sexual assault or abuse claim in B.C. If you are a survivor of abuse that occurred at a youth organization or institution, it is never too late to come forward.
Consent is still required in intimate or romantic relationships when it comes to sexual interaction. Sexual violence at the hands of those closest to us is unfortunately not uncommon.
On average, it takes seven times for survivors to leave their abusive partner. Intimate partner violence can be physical, sexual or psychological.
Sexual assault by healthcare providers can take many forms, including unwanted sexual or physical contact. There are civil remedies available to you, and it's never too late to come forward.
Legal Options Handbook