Exploring your options
It can be hard to seek help after a sexual assault, and it's important to know that you have options. SARC's Network Navigation Specialists can help you explore your choices around medical care, reporting to police, sexual trauma-specific counselling services, and other resources available.
The first 96 hours
Within 96 hours of a sexual assault, there are 3 options for medical care in Southeastern Alberta. If you choose to visit a hospital, a Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) can provide you with these options of care.
1) Medical care only – Provided by an emergency department physician. No forensic evidence will be collected.
2) Medical care and immediate reporting to local police – Can be provided in rural sites or discussed with SART physician and provided in Medicine Hat. Forensic evidence will be collected and handed over to police.
3) Medical care with anonymous evidence collection – This third option is available if you aren't sure if you want to report the sexual assault to police. SART in Medicine Hat can collect the forensic evidence and it will be stored anonymously for up to one year with the Medicine Hat Police Service. This gives you time to decide if you want to report to police or not. After 1 year, if you do not want to report to police, the evidence will be destroyed.
Network Navigation Specialists can connect you to support services in your area. SARC offers 2 support groups, 1-on-1 counselling, and education programs. To learn more about our counselling option please click here or call 403-548-2717.