No one is ever to blame for being sexually assaulted. All survivors deserve compassion and support. Help us build a society that challenges victim-blaming and recognizes the need for consent at all times.

Resources for Support

VictimLinkBC    

  • Toll-free, 24/7 phone service: 1-800-563-0808
  • Website: www.victimlinkbc.ca
  • Email: VictimLinkBC@bc211.ca
  • Text messaging: 604-836-6381
  • TTY for people who are deaf or hard-of-hearing: 604-875-0885 (to call collect, use Telus Relay Service at 711)

Confidential, multilingual telephone service available across BC and Yukon.  24 hours a day, 7 days a week. VictimLinkBC provides immediate crisis support to victims/survivors of any crime, as well as information and referral services.

WAVAW Rape Crisis Centre

  • Lower Mainland 24/7 Crisis Line: 604-255-6344
  • Toll-free 24/7 Crisis Line available across Canada: 1-877-392-7583
  • Website: www.wavaw.ca 

Services and referrals for people of marginalized genders (women, Two-Spirit, trans, non-binary, and more) aged 14+ who have who have experienced any form of sexualized violence. WAVAW has services specifically for Indigenous people. Toll-free crisis line available 24/7.

 

 

Our Educational Materials

Here’s a selection of the educational materials that West Coast LEAF has developed on consent and sexual assault. They contain legal information, not legal advice:

We have a toolkit for complainant counsel in sexual assault cases.

We have infographics:

If you’d like to learn more about sexual assault, consent, and the law, we also have two FAQs:

Our Unfinished Story of Yes video tells the story of legal changes to the law regarding consent and sexual assault, and the challenges that remain.

Huge thanks to the student advisors and community advisors whose vision shaped the video, and to our talented animator, Ira Hardy. Thanks also to our generous project funders: the Law Foundation of BC, the Health Sciences Association of BC, the Province of BC, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, and Impacts.

We also have a transcript of the video including visual description.

This is a screen capture from our video on YouTube. Click on it to access the video.

 

 

Other Educational Resources

These links explain consent from a non-legal perspective:

 

Our Workshops

West Coast LEAF typically offers workshops about consent, sexual assault, and sexual harassment, with a legal focus and a social justice lens. However, during the COVID-19 pandemic, delivery of workshops relating to sexualized violence have been suspended due to concerns for the safety and well-being of people who may be accessing learning materials alone from home, which may be an unsafe environment. We are working on creating an online delivery model for workshops that do not focus on violence. Please contact Alana at education [at] westcoastleaf [dot] org with any questions.

Those wishing to learn more about consent during this time are welcome to check out the educational materials listed above.

However, we ask that instructors do the following:

  • Clearly explain to learners the subject matter of the materials so they can freely choose whether or not to engage with them.
  • Emphasize that it is not mandatory to look at or otherwise engage with the materials.

Anything less may result in harm, including physical and emotional danger, to learners. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

 

Our Cases

West Coast LEAF has a long history of speaking out in court to challenge myths about sexual assault and defend the rights of complainants. Recent cases include:

 

Our Ongoing Law Reform Work

Our law reform project Dismantling the Barriers to Reporting Sexual Assault is a partnership with YWCA Metro Vancouver. Learn about how we are listening to survivors and collaborating with people who work in the criminal justice system to improve the way sexual assault is handled.

Read our 2018 report, We Are Here: Women’s Experiences of the Barriers to Reporting Sexual Assault, based on the firsthand knowledge of survivors who generously shared their stories.

Cover of the report, which reads "WE ARE HERE: Women's Experiences of the Barriers to Reporting Sexual Assault, by Alana Prochuk." The cover has the West Coast LEAF logo and an abstract photograph showing a blurry foreground and some trees barren of leaves in sharp focus in the background.

Read our June 2019 letter urging BC to invest in a rights-based framework for survivors of sexual assault.