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Your sexual and reproductive health is important. If you have experienced sexualized assault there are health risks.
If you'd like medical support, you can go to the Whitehorse General Hospital. A sexualized assault examiner will provide you with medical care, and offer options and support. They can:
- go over treatment options with you;
- call a support worker to be with you while you're at the hospital, if you want;
- discuss safety and arrange shelter for you as needed; and
- provide you with contact information for follow-up support.
What is a sexualized assault examiner?
A sexualized assault examiner is a specially-trained doctor, available 24 hours a day, every day of the year to support you. If needed, they will provide a confidential discussion of any relevant:
- medical history;
- documentation of injuries;
- a physical or genital examination; and
- collection of any forensic samples.
To access this service, you must be:
- at least 13 years of age or have consent from your guardian; and
- able to give informed consent.
The hospital will start by treating any urgent medical concerns.
Sexualized assault examiners will ensure that you receive the care and treatment that's right for you. You're free to consent to all or any part of the examination and any medical treatment. If you refuse any parts of the exam, you'll still get the treatment you need. A sexualized assault examiner can answer your questions about:
- the risk of sexually transmitted infections and medications;
- the risk of pregnancy;
- further testing if you have been exposed to blood or bodily fluids; and
- administering medications.
You also have the option of requesting a forensic exam. This means that a sexualized assault examiner will collect evidence of the assault. You can provide this evidence directly to RCMP. If you're unsure if you want to report the sexualized assault, you can also keep this evidence stored confidentially at the hospital for up to 1 year. This is known as a “kit on ice”.
You can phone 867-332-0344 to have the sample stored longer.
First Nations Health at the Whitehorse General Hospital
The First Nations health programs offer support and compassionate care to Indigenous Yukoners. This may include:
- facilitating visits;
- figuring out financial assistance;
- keeping family members informed with your permission;
- arranging for transportation back home;
- providing access to traditional food and medicine while in hospital;
- providing space for ceremony; or
- other needs you may have.
The First Nations Health Centre is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Yukon Sexual Health Clinic
The Yukon Sexual Health Clinic offers sexual and reproductive health services in the Yukon to all genders and orientations.
Open for appointments:
Tuesday: 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Opal Clinic provides confidential care for medication abortions, surgical abortions and miscarriages up to the 15th week of pregnancy. They provide IUD insertions by referral.
Phone 867-393-6635 to book an appointment.
For more information, visit their website.