- Immediately After the Assault
If you are considering reporting to the police, it is helpful not to shower, bathe, douche, brush your teeth, drink anything, change or destroy your clothes, or tidy up the location where the assault occurred; these actions make it more difficult for the police to collect evidence.
- Hospital Hours for Sexual Assault Survivors
City Hospital Emergency: 9am to 7pm (Phone 306-655-8230)
Royal University Hospital: 7pm to 9am (Phone 306-655-1362)
Royal University Hospital Pediatrics Emergency: 24-hours (Phone 306-655-5900)
Adults and youth 16 and older should report to the appropriate City or RUH emergency room, depending on the time of day (see above).
Girls who have begun menstruating should go to the appropriate City or RUH emergency room, depending on the time of day (see above).
Girls under 16 who have not started menstruating should go to RUH pediatric emergency department.
Boys under 16 years of age should go to RUH pediatric emergency department.
If you do not want a forensic medical exam (i.e. police involvement), SSAIC encourages you to seek medical attention for injuries, possible STI and/or pregnancy.
If you have urgent injuries (cuts, sprains, pain, bleeding, possible concussion, etc.) please visit the hospital emergency room.
It is important that you consider treatment for sexually transmitted infections (STI) and/or possible pregnancy. Treatment is available at the hospital emergency room, community clinic, or via your family doctor.
- Forensic Medical Exam (Rape Kit)
If you were sexually assaulted within the last 3 days (72 hours) you have the option of a forensic medical exam (rape kit). The forensic exam is not required in order to get medical treatment, but can only be performed at City Hospital or the Royal University Hospital during the times specified above.
If you choose to get a forensic exam, the police will be called to take your statement and collect the evidence from the doctor. The forensic evidence may be used in a police investigation and possibly at trial.
- Reporting to Saskatoon Police or Saskatchewan RCMP
It is entirely your decision to report* sexual abuse/assault to the police. It is not uncommon to have mixed feelings or fear about making a police report. SSAIC can provide you with information and options for police reporting.
If you do not want to make a report now, it is helpful to write down everything that you can remember about what happened to you. There is no statute of limitations on reporting sexual assault—you can report to the police at any point in the future.
Call our office (306-244-2294) to discuss support options for the police reporting process.
*Exceptions: if a child is in need of protection, you have a duty to report to the Ministry of Social Services.