Speak to someone you trust
You do not have to face sexualized violence alone. Consider talking to a friend, family member, Elder, co-worker or someone else you trust. It's okay to let people know what you need.
Seek medical care
If you have been sexually assaulted, consider accessing the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART) at any emergency room. A specially trained nurse can conduct a physical exam and, if you want, collect forensic evidence by completing a sexual assault kit, which will be helpful if you decide to tell the RCMP about the incident. Sexual assault evidence kits can be completed up to seven days following an incident of sexual assault, although 72 hours is preferred.
Creston Valley Hospital
Elk Valley Hospital
Golden & District Hospital
Invermere & District Hospital
Toll Free: 1-800-200-3003
Provides low-cost contraception, STI care, pap screening, pregnancy testing and pregnancy options.
Cranbrook Drop-in Wednesdays from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm. 209 – 16th Avenue N, Cranbrook
Provides confidential health information and advice. Specially trained nurses answer questions about health topics and procedures, identify symptoms, and help you decide when to see a health professional. Pharmacists are available to answer your questions about medications from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm daily.
Seek counselling or emotional support
Provides free one-on-one counselling to support students who have been sexually assaulted and/or impacted by sexual abuse and other forms of sexualized violence.
College of the Rockies employees can access the Employee and Family Assistance Program.
Offers specialized support to individuals who have experienced intimate partner violence, sexualized assault/abuse, criminal harassment/stalking, or witnessed sexualized or family violence. CBVS provides access to information, reporting options, referrals, court support and accompaniment, and practical assistance in navigating the criminal justice system. RCMP involvement is not a requirement of this program. No age or gender restrictions for access to this program.
Phone: 250-489-3114 x 241
Stopping the Violence Counselling (STV) is available to self-identified women who have experienced trauma resulting from intimate partner violence, sexualized assault/abuse, and/or childhood abuse. STV counselling is rooted in a feminist and trauma informed perspective. Individual and group counselling options are available. We work to meet women where they are at, using a strengths based, survivor led approach. You must be 19 or older to access this service.
Phone: 250-489-3114 x 249
This program is mandated to provide justice-related services 24/7, 365 days a year. These services include, but are not limited to crisis response, emotional and practical support, court support, information, and referrals to victims of all types of crime and serious trauma who may or may not have reported the crime to police.
If you choose to access police-based victim services, it is important to know that they are required to report the incident to the RCMP.
Provides trauma counselling in the Cranbrook, Creston, Invermere, and Kimberley area.
Phone: 250- 489-4563
Crisis Line volunteers are available to listen, help problem solve, and have access to information on a number of mental health resources.
Phone: 1-888-353-CARE (2273) for College Region
Provides services in multiple languages.
Transition houses provide safe, temporary 24/7 staffed shelter with support services.
Write down what happened
Consider writing down what happened in as much detail as possible. Although you may find this to be a painful and emotional task, your written account can be extremely helpful if you decide to have the incident investigated and/or pursue criminal prosecution.
Take care of yourself
There is no right way or wrong way to heal. Everyone's reaction to the experience and trauma of sexualized violence is unique. Be gentle with yourself and know that healing from sexualized violence can take time.
Consider using these resources to guide your self-care:
Parts of this section are adapted from University of Lethbridge Sexual Violence Support & Education.