The Quinte West Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is focusing efforts towards a reduction of sexual assault incidents in Quinte West.
From June 16th until July 16th officers from the Quinte West Detachment are partnering with the Sexual Assault Centre for Quinte and District and will be focusing their efforts to reduce sexual assaults by educating the public about the impact of sexual assault on victims and their families, as well as enforcing the laws surrounding sexual assault.
What can you do to help:
Know the signs.
Get educated on the subject of sexual assault.
Listen to the victim. Let them know you believe them and be that support system for them as well as finding them services they require.
Let the survivor know that the abuse is not their fault. The responsibility is always on the perpetrator.
Do a random act of kindness for the victim. Every small act or gesture will provide the vi ctim with some relief and help increase their self-esteem.
Check in regularly. Letting the person know you are watching out for them will give them a sense of security.
Talk to your children and young people in your life about healthy relationships.
Everyone can help make a difference in sexual assault incidents. Stop it before it happens.
If you suspect someone you know is being abused you can contact the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 613-969-8477.
The Sexual Assault 24hour/7day Toll Free Crisis Line # 1-877-544-6424 or to book an appointment for counselling please call: 613-967-6300.
Another great resource is calling 211. They can help connect people with the right services in your community in Ontario.