Even if you don’t want to report a case of sexual abuse/harassment to anybody right now, by filling out a report with UsToo, you create a time stamped record that only you can access.
This means if you ever change your mind and decide to report this event in the future, you will already have stated the details while the event was fresh in your memory.
Your report could help someone else by letting them know they are not alone. If you are willing, you could also help someone else’s legal case.
We accept reports about a variety of topics.
Assault in Canada means the threat or the actual use of force against another person without their consent. You do not need to be noticeably hurt to have been assaulted.
Getting into a brawl at a hockey game where both players throw their gloves down is not assault because both people consented, although if one person goes too far and seriously injures the other, they may be charged with a crime.
Rape and Sexual Assault
Sexual assault in Canada includes rape. This may not be the case in other jurisdictions. We have included both rape and sexual assault on our report to avoid confusion.
Sexual assault occurs when someone touches you, without your consent, in a way that infringes your sexual integrity. If you felt like someone invaded your intimacy by touching your body, it might have been sexual assault.
It is common for survivors to feel confused or uncertain about whether or not what happened was really an assault. You may wonder if it was all just a misunderstanding, or you may feel that what happened was your fault somehow. We want to be clear: if it happened without your consent, involved your body, and you felt violated, it was an assault.
Canadian law recognizes that if someone does not disclose to you that they have an STD, this might constitute sexual assault as well, because your consent to have sex was not fully informed.
To clarify, here are some examples:
- At work, a colleague pat me on the buttock.
- I was flirting with someone at the party, we had both had a few drinks, and he groped me.
- Dancing at a club, someone came up and started grinding me.
- I do not really remember what happened last night because I was really drunk. I think I passed out. My friends say someone took me home and we had sex, but I did not want to do that.
- I wanted to have sex at first, but midway through I changed my mind. When I said I wanted to stop my partner said “it’s okay” and we continued to have sex.
- My husband/wife had sex with me, but I had asked them to stop or told them no.
Harassment may be sexual or non-sexual. It may occur in or outside the workplace.
Legally, harassment and bullying likely overlap in many ways, in that they both deal with unwelcome, threatening, or intimidating behaviour. We have included both bullying and harassment on our report to avoid confusion.
Harassment is any unwanted physical or verbal behaviour that offends or humiliates you. While in general harassment is a pattern of behaviour over time, in some circumstances harassment can exist because of a single event. Harassment may include unwelcome remarks or jokes about your religion, race, sex, or other matters; threats or intimidation because of your religion, sex, age, etc., or unwelcome physical contact. More information can be found at the Canadian Human Rights Commission.
Sexual harassment is defined by the Canada Labour Code as any conduct, comment, gesture, or contact of a sexual nature (which may be sexual assault) likely to cause offence or humiliation or that might reasonably be perceived as placing a sexual condition on employment or opportunities.
Here are the steps that happen when you use UsToo:
- A survivor anonymously submits a report about an assault they experienced
- The survivor receives a copy of their report. Now they can email it to the authority, professional, or department that can best follow up on their report. Survivors can choose to discuss their report with an UsToo referred lawyer or therapist.
- We search for another survivor’s report that identified the same place or aggressor you did. We notify you when there is a match.
- When 2 or more matching aggressor reports are found in the UsToo database, we encourage them to contact the same professional. If one survivor already has professional representation outside of UsToo, our referred professionals will simply serve to connect you, securely and privately.
- Once survivors have contacted the same professional, they can work together through that professional to support one another, and discuss sending their reports to the appropriate authorities.
We do not disclose your contact or personal information, or any details about your report, to any other users or any other parties. We may notify certain organizations if we receive a significant number of reports about them or their properties, such as when several reports are received about a university campus. We may also advise organizations about the general where and when information of a particular incident, to help retain evidence such as security camera records. We will do everything in our power to stop anyone from identifying you.
We do aggregate your report with the reports of others, to get a bigger picture of sexual violence and other abuse. We may see how many aggressors were reported in a city, and how many people were abused. We may see that certain areas of a city have a higher rate of abuse. But we will never link your identity to a report in this aggregate information.
We may also be subject to court proceedings seeking evidence in a case. We will fight any order to produce evidence, and we have steps in place to protect your information from court proceedings that you did not start yourself.
Yes. You may submit a report with UsToo even if you do not know your aggressor’s identity.
In the future you may be contacted by UsToo when we develop statistical data based on reports from other survivors who submit the same location/business as you did.
We plan for our system to match reports by other aggressor information you provide us with, such as a phone number, social media name, dating app username, car license plate number, or profile photo links you provide us.
Yes, we encourage you to provide a report.
There is no time limit to reporting an aggressor to our database.
That said, time limits may influence your legal options in accordance with the laws in the area where you live.