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Sexual Assault Response Program

The Sexual Assault Response Program (SARP) is for sexual assault survivors on the Southern Gulf Islands. The program helps survivors access free and confidential emergency support, ongoing support, and individual counselling.

These services are available through our Sexual Assault Response helpline:

• local (250) 931-7712
• toll-free 1-833-946-1706

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any form of unwanted sexual contact.
Read the full definition of sexual assault.

Who is the SARP for?

The SARP is for survivors of sexual assault (recent or past), aged 13 or older, on the Southern Gulf Islands, inclusive of trans, two-spirit, and non-binary folks.

Get Emergency Help

Available for people of all genders, aged 13+, who’ve been sexually assaulted within the last 7 days

Includes telephone or in-person sessions for emotional and practical support and sharing of information

Accompaniment by IWAV staff at the hospital for medical support or at the RCMP to report the assault

Receive Support

Available to sexual assault survivors who are youth 13+, women, non-binary, and trans folks

Discuss your options and get information

Plan for your safety

Make an anonymous report to police through our Sexual Assault Response Program

Get access to medical services and criminal justice processes

Receive referrals to other service providers

Get Ongoing Counselling

Available to sexual assault survivors who are youth 13+, women, non-binary, and trans folks

Available for female-identified and youth survivors of historic or recent sexual assault

Free and confidential

Get the Support You Need

This service is free and confidential.

Local Sexual Assault Response helpline (250) 931.7712
Toll-free Sexual Assault Response helpline 1.833.946.1706

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Why should you call us if you’ve been sexually assaulted?

You'll receive comprehensive and respectful care from all supporting members of this program.

We can help you get access to several services that you may need, such as medical services and criminal justice processes.

You'll be in charge of how to proceed, with your safety and comfort prioritized, and you set the pace of your healing journey.

You'll be listened to and believed.

Our services are confidential and free.

You can discuss your options, information, and safety planning with the SARP coordinator.

We offer support and counselling services to female-identified and youth survivors of recent and historic sexual assault.

You can make an anonymous report to police through our Sexual Assault Response Program using Third Party Reporting.

Are you reluctant to go the police? Have you considered Third Party Reporting?

Third Party Reporting is a simple and anonymous way for adult sexual survivors to report sexual assault.

The entire report is done through a third party. On Salt Spring and the Southern Gulf Islands, this third party is our Sexual Assault Response Program.

We’ll give the police only the information you provided. Your name will be kept confidential.

Once police receive the report, they’ll assign a file number to it and give us the number to pass on to you.

They’ll enter the information about the assault that you provided into their internal database.

The police may ask us to get more information from you or to have contact with you. We’ll reach out to you to see if you’d like to or not, but it’s your decision.

Respect  |  Dignity  |  Empathy  |  Choice

Get the Support You Need

This service is free and confidential.

Local Sexual Assault Response helpline (250) 931.7712
Toll-free Sexual Assault Response helpline 1.833.946.1706