Helping survivors of sexual violence find their voice.

Get 2 hours of free legal advice if you are a survivor of sexual violence.

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About the program

If you are a survivor of sexual violence that took place in Saskatchewan you can receive 2 hours of free legal advice. The incident does not need to have been reported to the police. The program is available to individuals of any age or gender, regardless of income. It doesn’t matter how long ago the incident occurred.

Sexual Violence includes but is not limited to:

  • sexual contact without consent, including anything from touching to intercourse
  • sexual harassment, threats or intimidation of any kind, including sexual harassment in the workplace as well as criminal sexual harassment or nonconsensual distribution of intimate images
  • sexual exploitation involving children or adults, including child pornography or human trafficking for a sexual purpose

Uncertain?

If you are uncertain whether you have experienced sexual violence you can still receive a referral for free legal advice. A lawyer can help you understand how your situation fits into the justice system and help you make an informed decision about your options and next steps.

Please Note

The law requires any person who has reasonable grounds to believe that a child may be in need of protection as a result of abuse to report the information to a child protection worker or the police. Children can include anyone who is or who apparently is under 18. For more information see the Provincial Child Abuse Protocol.

How it Works

1

Intake

Complete the intake process online, or via toll-free phone.

2

Referral

You will receive a response that includes a referral number, the name of a lawyer and contact information for that lawyer.

3

Meeting

You can then contact the lawyer’s office to arrange for an appointment and provide the lawyer with your referral number.

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Text

306-500-6430

Phone (Saskatoon)

306-974-3333

Phone (Toll-Free)

1-855-258-9415

Program hours are 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.

About the Consultations

Consultations with the lawyer can be by phone, email, in-person or through video-conferencing (Skype etc.) depending on your needs and what the lawyer can offer.

Before you share what happened to you, the lawyer will explain the confidential nature of the communications and ensure that you understand the nature of the legal services to be provided.

If the initial 2 hour consultation is not enough, you can request an additional 2 hours of free legal information and advice using the same process.

Legal Information & Advice

The lawyer will only provide legal information or advice. They cannot represent you in legal proceedings. All lawyers providing legal advice under this program have participated in training in order to provide services under the program.

The legal advice requested could cover topics like understanding whether sexual violence has occurred, what is involved in reporting the matter to the police, going through the criminal court process, deciding whether to start a civil lawsuit, making a human rights complaint or dealing with workplace sexual harassment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I want or need independent legal advice?

Independent legal advice can help you understand how the legal system defines what you have experienced and can help you understand the different legal options available to you and help you decide what you want to do.

Do I have to report the sexual assault to the police before I talk to a lawyer?

No. You can talk to a lawyer even if you have not made your decision about reporting the incident to police. You may also benefit from other supports and services.

I was sexually assaulted when I was a child. Is it too late to talk to a lawyer now?

In the criminal justice there is no time limit for coming forward. For civil actions, the limitation period was recently changed and you can now come forward at any time.