Sexual assault
   
Have you been sexually assaulted?
If you have been sexually assaulted:

• You may go through a wide range of emotions including fear, shame, guilt, anger, sadness, betrayal, disappointment and humiliation.
• You may feel mixed up and confused by what's happened, especially if you were assaulted by someone you knew, liked and trusted (family member, romantic partner, coach).
• You may continue to feel affection towards the person and even attempt to convince yourself that the assault never happened or that it wasn't really an assault.


But remember that:

It's not your fault! You are not responsible for what happened.
• The only person responsible is the one who assaulted you.
• No matter what you were wearing, what you said or what you did... absolutely nothing excuses this behaviour!  
• You may think it's your fault because you didn't say "no" or didn't say it loud enough. That's not true! Not having said "no" doesn't mean that you consented
Both guys and girls may be victims of sexual assault.
• Silence is an attacker’s biggest ally! The person who assaulted you may be issuing threats to prevent you from reporting them. They may also try to make you feel guilty for what they did because they're afraid of the consequences of their actions. By staying silent, not only do you remain alone in your suffering, but the aggressor is free to find other victims.
Reporting the situation. It's important to report sexual assault in order to obtain help, to protect future victims and so that the aggressor faces the consequences and obtains help.
Don’t try to work it out all by yourself! If you are experiencing or have experienced sexual assault or if you think that you yourself are at risk of committing acts of sexual violence, it is important that you seek help. 

Visit the following sites: www.agressionsexuelle.com (French only) and  www.agressionssexuelles.gouv.qc.ca

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