Respect • Educate • Empower Survivors
If you have experienced sexual violence know that it is not your fault. You are not alone, and support is available.
Limits to Confidentiality
If you decide to Connect to My Campus or Report to Police an incident that involves the sexual assault of a person under the age of 18, or if minors were present and witnessed the sexual assault, the institution receiving the report will have the mandatory obligation to contact Child and Family Services. If you submit an Anonymous Report REES does not collect your age.
When a sexual assault is perpetrated by a current or former intimate partner (e.g. boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse) Law enforcement policy requires that an investigation is conducted. This means that if you report a sexual assault involving a current or past intimate partner to police, and you later change your mind about wanting police involved, police may still be required to continue with the investigation.
It is strongly encouraged to seek medical attention following a sexual assault - even if you don't seem to be physically injured. A medical practitioner can address concerns around:
- Sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
- Pregnancy and emergency contraception
- Other forms of Post-Exposure Prophylaxis
Depending on how many days have passed since the sexual assault, you may be able to get a forensic exam.
REES considers privacy in all aspect of software design. Data is stored in Canada and is encrypted. We do not require any personal identifying information, store a computer's IP address, or user cookies to store a Record. REES gives control to survivors over their personal data.
What to Expect when you Create a Record?
You will be asked questions about where and when the assault occurred and information about the perpetrator. REES provides a space for a Narrative - to explain what happened in your own words. All portions of the Record are optional.
It is often very difficult to talk about or revisit the sexual violence. It is common for this process to bring up strong feelings. You may want to consider making a plan to take care of yourself which may include talking to someone you trust or a sexual assault counselor. Learn more about resources and how you can access support on campus and in your community.