Independent legal advice for sexual assault victims
Learn how you can apply for free legal advice if you are a sexual assault victim.
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Sexual assault is a crime. You are a victim of sexual assault if someone forces you to participate in any type of sexual activity without your consent. This can occur in many forms and does not have to include intercourse.
If you are a victim of sexual assault living in Ontario 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 (for example, 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.
This program is available to all eligible women, men, trans and gender-diverse people. You can access the program if:
- you are at least 16 years of age
- you live in Ontario
- the sexual assault happened in Ontario
How to apply
To apply for up to four hours of independent legal advice:
If you are eligible, you will receive an email within three business days with:
- a list of lawyers you can contact
- instructions on how to use your vouchers
If you are not eligible to use this service, you will get an email with an explanation within three business days.
If you have questions, call us at
The Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic
If you are a woman or someone with non-binary gender identity who lives in the Greater Toronto area and would like free legal advice from a women-centred organization, you can also contact the Barbra Schlifer Commemorative Clinic at
This is a specialized clinic for women experiencing violence.