VictimLinkBC is a toll-free, confidential, multilingual service available across B.C. and the Yukon 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and can be accessed by calling or texting 1-800-563-0808 or sending an email to VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca.
For cis and trans women and people of all marginalized genders, including Two-Spirit, trans, and non-binary people. SALAL provides immediate crisis assistance and emotional support, information and referrals 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The crisis line is free and confidential.
Lower Mainland: 604-255-6344
National Toll-free: 1-877-392-7583
Canada Wide Help Line 1-833-456-4566
Texting 45645 1pm - 9pm PST (BC timezone)
As well as resources if you're concerned for someone else's well being.
If a friend trusts you and shares with you about their assault - listen, believe, affirm what happened, verbalize that it wasn't their fault and they didn't deserve it. Ask what would be most supportive for them now. Encourage them to reach out for additional support. If it has been less than a week, recommend going to the hospital for a Sexual Assault Evidence Kit (SAEK). The hospital will also provide support and resources for those victims. Remember to seek support for yourself as well to help process the weight of what you've just heard and experienced.
We would love to stay connected to you all going forward and be a resource that you and your loved ones can turn to.