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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.
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.
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.
Complete the intake process online, or via toll-free phone.
You will receive a response that includes a referral number, the name of a lawyer and contact information for that lawyer.
You can then contact the lawyer’s office to arrange for an appointment and provide the lawyer with your referral number.
Program hours are 10 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Monday to Friday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.