If you start to see #TrustYourself fly by when scrolling through your social media feed, it is part of an initiative from Island Health to encourage survivors of sexual assault to seek medical care.
The social media campaign is challenging the status quo – many people do not report sexual violence for a variety of reasons including stigma, fear of reprisal or the idea that drug or alcohol impairment could diminish their credibility.
Sexual assault is the most under-reported violent crime in Canada, with just one in every 20 sexual assaults reported to police, according to Statistics Canada, despite the number of cases reported increasing since the #MeToo movement went viral in October 2017.
|Reports of sexual assault in B.C. spike after #MeToo goes viral: Stats Canada
Forensic nurse examiners have specialized training and can help survivors up to seven days after an assault, providing medication and connecting survivors to counselling support.
Services are free, strictly confidential and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week through the Vancouver Island Crisis line at 1-888-494-3888.
According to Statistics Canada, 87 per cent of people who report sexual assaults are women and 13 per cent are men.
Support is available to people of all genders and with options to liaise with the legal system with a survivor’s consent and provide referrals for follow-up care.
The campaign also tackles domestic violence with the message, “But we’re together,” reinforcing that sexual and physical violence happens within relationships, and is considered a crime.
For more information on Island Health’s forensic nurse examiners, visit IslandHealth.ca/trustyourself.
New electric school buses will drive North Island forward
Travel on electric school buses is smoother, quieter, and healthier than traditional diesel buses
Police investigating arson in downtown Campbell River
Fire set at BC Employment and Assistance Office
Campbell River RCMP encouraging men to seek emotional help if needed
‘Taking care of our Mental Health is not simply about accessing counselling,’ says Const. Maury Tyre
Campbell River Garbage pickup schedule changing after May Long Weekend
Pickup day will change after every statutory holiday
Vancouver Island’s COVID-19 case counts continue to trend down
Fewer than 200 active cases on the Island, down from highs of 500-plus earlier this spring
Trudeau won’t say whether Canada supports patent waiver for COVID-19 vaccines
‘Canada is at the table to help find a solution’
B.C. to start releasing neighbourhood-specific COVID numbers after data leak
Documents obtained by the Vancouver Sun show cases broken down by neighbourhoods
Black bear tranquillized, relocated after wandering around residential Ladysmith
A juvenile black bear was spotted near 2nd Avenue earlier Friday morning
B.C.’s COVID-19 case count creeps up, seven more deaths
445 people in hospital, 157 in intensive care
Summerland 3rd behind Surrey, Abbotsford in daily per capita COVID-19 cases
Interior Health is rolling out additional vaccine availability to the community
Amazon Prime Day halted in Canada due to COVID-19 outbreaks in warehouses
The event was postponed to protect the health and safety of employees and customers, the company says
Minister says suspected overdose death of 12-year-old pushing B.C. to ‘do better’
Minister Sheila Malcolmson of Mental Health and Addictions says the government is working ‘as hard as we can’ to build a system of care for youths
No fines handed out at 1st COVID-19 roadblock as checks move across B.C.
Cpl. Chris Manseau says a total of 127 vehicles were stopped at a roadblock in the Manning Park area