Has it been too long to press charges?

Often times, people who are survivors of sexual abuse wonder if it is too late to contact the police and move forward with charges.

There is absolutely NO statute of limitations for sexual assault/abuse in Canada. This being said, it can be more difficult to move forward with a case that involves historical abuse. Many factors affect the police and Crown Attorney in laying charges and going forward in the justice system. Some of these factors may include:

  • Current information about the abuser (e.g., whether or not you know the perpetrator)
  • Lack of forensic evidence
  • Lack of witnesses or people who can support the information you have given them
  • Lack of medical records
  • The victim’s ability/inability to recall details and act as a witness in court

All of these issues are something that you can discuss with the appropriate support people.

At the Durham Rape Crisis Centre, we can provide information and support while you decide if reporting is the right choice for you.

If you would like more information, please call Michaela at 416-278-9086 or email

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