In Canada, sexual assault can be defined as an assault of a sexual nature on another person, or any sexual act committed without consent. Although sexual assaults most frequently are by a man on a woman, it may involve any combination of two or more men, women and children.
The term sexual assault is used, in public discourse, as a generic term that is defined as any involuntary sexual act in which a person is threatened, coerced, or forced to engage against their will, or any sexual touching of a person who has not consented. This includes rape (such as forced vaginal, anal or oral penetration), inappropriate touching, forced kissing, child sexual abuse, or the torture of the victim in a sexual manner.
If you are a victim of a sexual assault the best course of action if to call the police and report the incident.
If you have a reason for not contacting the police, we encourage you to call us for a consultation about your situation and we can assist you with making your decisions. We have considerable experience assessing, analyzing and investigating incidents involving sexual violence.