Escape

Confidentiality

We recognize that talking about sexual assault can be a difficult and scary process. We believe that you should control who knows your story. In maintaining strict confidentiality we adhere to the Protection of Personal Information Act.

In certain exceptional circumstances, we are required by law to disclose your information, particularly when:

  • We have reasonable grounds to believe that a child is in need of protection. We are then required to report our concerns to child protection services in the Ministry of Children and Families.
  • We have reasonable grounds to believe that a person is a danger to themselves or others. We are then required to notify the appropriate authorities and others who have the ability to protect the person at risk. At times we may be required to notify the person who is in danger.
  • A judge, coroner, ombudsman, children’s commission and other authorities order us to release records or to appear and provide information.

If at all possible, we will discuss a legally required disclosure with you before disclosing your personal information and will enlist your assistance in seeking a resolution that doesn’t require unwanted disclosure of your personal information. In our experience, disclosure without written consent almost never occurs.