Resources for Immediate Survivors

This tab is for those who are recent survivors, that is typically used to describe individuals who have experienced an incident of sexual violence in the past 5 days. It is a collection of information for common steps that survivors take. Please remember, SACOMSS is here to support you. If you would like to go over these options in person, or receive accompaniment, please contact the Advocacy Branch. While we cannot guarantee that an advocate can be assigned to you immediately in an emergency situation, we will absolutely try our best to assign a volunteer quickly. 

To talk to someone, please check our drop-in and phone line hours here. Please note that DIAL volunteers are not accompaniment volunteers. DIAL volunteers can provide support, but may or may not be able to answer specific questions related to McGill policy or legal issues.

To join a support group for survivors, send an email requesting an initial meeting here


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If you are going to a medical clinic

If you would like to file a police report

Filing a protection order 

Alternatives to the police


If you are going to a medical clinic

If you are going to a medical clinic







If you would like to file a police report

If you would like to file a police report

If you report an assault to a police station immediately, officers are generally instructed to take you to one of the medical centres listed above. 

To get information on what the process would look like after an initial report, contact advocacy@sacomss.org 




Filing a Protection Order

It is possible to file a protection order without filing a police report. For assistance with this, or to learn more about the process, please contact advocacy@sacomss.org or visit https://www.justice.gouv.qc.ca/en/victims/applying-for-a-protection-order-in-a-civil-matter/


Alternatives to the Police

For help with matters including resources available to you, housing issues, food security, protection at school or work, the Advocacy Branch exists to help you identify and meet your individual needs. Volunteers will sit down with you to learn about your situation and research options going forward. We understand concerns about typical processes after sexual violence and will support any decision made by you.