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Getting Medical Attention

If you have been recently assaulted, you may want to seek medical attention.

This can help if you decided to report the assault to police. You may want to consider being tested for sexually transmitted infections (STI’s) or pregnancy.

If you decide to report the assault to the police, you can seek medical attention to document the violence. You can undergo a forensic medical examination at the Sexual Assault/Domestic Care Centre located in a hospital emergency room, ideally within 72 hours. This helps to collect and preserve evidence. Some portions of the examine may be considered for collection up to 7-12 days post-assault depending on the circumstances and type of assault.

In Toronto, this can be collected by a specially trained nurse through the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner (SANE) Program. From Monday to Friday, you can see a specialized nurse through accessing walk-in services at Women's College Hospital, located at 76 Grenville St on the Ground floor (in the AACU), Room 1305.  On the weekends SANE nurses on duty through the Women’s College Hospital Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Care Centre will be contact by the staff in the below hopsital emergency departments to conduct exam. 

Mount Sinai Hospital
600 University Ave, Toronto, ON M5G 1X5
416-596-4200

Toronto General Hospital
200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, ON M5G 2C4
416-340-3111

Toronto Western Hospital
399 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M5T 2S8
416-603-2581

The Michael Garron Hospital (Formerly TEGH)
825 Coxwell Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 3E7
416-461-8272

St. Michael’s Hospital
30 Bond St, Toronto, ON M5B 1W8
416-360-4000

St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre
30 The Queensway, Toronto, ON M6R 1B5
416-530-6000

Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
2075 Bayview Ave, Toronto, ON M4N 3M5
416-480-6100, external link

If you are unsure about reporting to the police, but would like to preserve the evidence while you make a decision, you can specify this when you meet with the SANE.

Prior to the exam, you should do your best to refrain from changing your clothing, using the toilet, showering, eating, or brushing your teeth.

You can also obtain medical attention at the Ryerson Medical Centre during regular business hours, however, they cannot provide specialized sexual assault care.

Documenting What Happened

  • Although you may not choose to disclose or report immediately, it is helpful to create a paper trail of the incident(s) in case you decide to report in the future.
  • First-hand, written notes are considered good evidence by courts, human rights tribunals, labour boards and employers, especially if they are dated and written as quickly as possible after the event or action occurred.
  • A detailed, accurate log that includes names, dates, times, locations, witnesses, and other details is useful.
  • Even a simple notation in an agenda or on a calendar is useful in formal settings, if you decide to report.

What is an evidence kit?