Medical and Crisis Support
Headwaters Health Care Centre
519-941-2410 ext 2214
If you have been sexually assaulted recently, you may be at risk for internal injuries, unwanted pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections, including Chlamydia, HIV, Hepatitis B or Hepatitis C.
Itís important to receive medical attention as soon as possible, preferably within 72 hours (adult) or 24 hours (child) of the assault. Physical evidence can be collected and used at a later date if you choose to pursue legal action.
Medical attention for men, women, children and youth is available at Headwaters Health Care Centre in the Sunrise Centre (a special suite designed to ensure privacy) where specially trained Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners are on-call to help you and a social worker is available for follow-up support.†
The Sunrise Centre features a non-clinical treatment room, waiting room, and childrenís play area. If you choose to meet with police, you can meet with them here in a private interview room that offers an atmosphere of comfort and assurance.
Counselling for Children &† Youth
Dufferin Child and Family Services
About 1 out of 4 girls and 1 out of 6 boys are sexually assaulted before they are 18 years old. Children who are able to confide in a trusted adult† and who are believed experience less trauma than children who do not disclose the abuse.††
Help is available through the Sexual Assault Treatment Program at DCAFS for children under the age of 18.
Sexual assault of children also includes sexual interference and touching, invitation to sexual touching,† sexual exploitation and incest.
When itís in the best interest of the child, DCAFS involves the family from the original assessment and treatment plan through to on-going counselling.† Parents receive support in helping their children.
Anyone age 12 or older has the right to obtain support without parental consent or knowledge.
Counselling for Adults & Adult Survivors of Childhood Assault
Family Transition Place
519-941-HELP / 905-584-HELP†† TTY:519-942-1651
FTP provides free 24 hour crisis/info, emotional and practical support as well as individual and group counselling and workshops to female sexual assault survivors age 16 and older.† Men receive short term support and referral to male-focused counselling.
Verbal threats, sexual intimidation, and other forms of sexual abuse can be as traumatic as a physical sexual assault. Whether the sexual assault or abuse is recent or historic, survivors are able to rediscover their strengths and regain control over their lives.
Survivors are also supported in understanding their options and choices regarding medical treatment, contact with police, and legal rights.†
The Sunrise Program serving Dufferin and Caledon is funded in part by the
Central-West Local Health Integration Network