Survivors of sexual assault who pursue legal action deserve the best support possible.
BC Women’s shares the vision of the Province of British Columbia of a Violence Free BC. Now this vision is becoming more of a reality thanks to a recent $35,200 contribution from the Civil Forfeiture Office in partnership with Victim Services and Crime Prevention Division, Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Province of British Columbia.
In BC there are over 60,000 physical or sexual assaults committed annually. Few sexual assaults – only 6 in 100 incidents – are reported to police, and there is substantial attrition in the number of sexual assault cases that fully navigate the legal system. The “Sexual Assault Forensic Evaluation: A Collaborative Review by Health, Crown, and Police” project will allow BC Women’s Sexual Assault Service* to explore opportunities to provide sexual assault survivors with enhanced and easier access to health, justice and victim support services.
The multi-sectoral collaboration, led by SAS Medical Director Dr. Tracy Pickett, will improve the collective ability of health, justice and community sectors to better support survivors of sexual assault. The goal is to improve the reporting process of sexual assault without re-victimizing the survivor and to give these individuals their best chance to obtain justice.
Survivors of sexual assault who attempt to pursue legal action deserve the best support possible. Thank you to the Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General, Province of British Columbia for supporting this important project and the needs of sexual assault survivors in our province.
*The BC Women’s Hospital, Sexual Assault Service (SAS) provides consultation and training to health care providers and others working to support sexual assault survivors across British Columbia. Locally, SAS offers medical care, forensic evaluation (upon patient request) and services, 24 hours a day, seven days a week to anyone (male, female, transgendered), from any province or country, who is 13 or older and has been sexually assaulted within the past 7 days.
About Dr. Tracy Pickett
Dr. Tracy Pickett is facilitating a collaboration between health and justice to better support survivors of sexual assault.
Not many six year olds know exactly what they want to be when they grow up. But Tracy Pickett knew from this early age that she wanted to be an emergency physician – or a mortician, a forensic pathologist or a coroner. Fast forward a few decades and Dr. Tracy Pickett has expanded upon her early dream by becoming the first emergency physician in Canada with a dual speciality in Clinical Forensic Medicine. Clinical Forensic Medicine is medicine at the interface of the law, as applied to living patients. Tracy equates it to bringing CSI to the emergency room.