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Independent Legal Advice for Sexual Assault Survivors

Learn how you can apply for free independent legal advice if you are a sexual assault victim living in Ontario.

Are you considering pursuing justice through the legal system but don’t know where to begin? You’re not alone. The legal justice system can be confusing and difficult to navigate. But there are services available that can help you by providing free, independent legal advice. Sometimes you just need to talk to a professional and know your options before going forward. Our Legal Aid section provides individually sourced legal services and specialized programs for survivors of domestic abuse, sexual assault, and other forms of violence. These services are available remotely or in-person based on region. If you have any questions, we encourage you to visit the websites provided to learn more.

Sexual assault is a crime. By definition, sexual assault has occurred anytime someone forces you to participate in any type of sexual activity without your full consent.

If you are a victim of sexual assault living in Ontario, you are at least 16 years old, and would like to speak to a lawyer, you may be eligible for up to four hours of free legal advice by phone or video conversation (using Skype or Zoom). This service does not include legal representation in court.

This service is confidential and is available any time after a sexual assault has occurred.

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Do you know of any free legal services for survivors of gender-based violence? Let us know.

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