When you’re ready to share your truth, this tool helps our community hear it.
Sexual violence can be isolating. And for those who experience it, deciding if, when and who to talk to about it, is a complex thing.
And that’s okay.
Not every survivor is comfortable with or ready to report an incident of sexual violence to formal systems or authority figures, like the police. As a survivor, we take as a core truth that it’s always your choice to tell your story – or not to.
But your voice and your experience matter. Even if you don’t feel comfortable sharing your story – to family, friends, institutions, employers or others – it’s important to know that by reporting your experience on this platform, you can help make our community safer for yourself and others.
The platform was specifically designed to provide a safe method for survivors to report experiences of sexual violence – without having to talk to the police, describe what happened in detail, or even give your name. Your anonymous story can help make change.
By providing clear data and information, our community action committee can monitor the data, observe trends, and work to hold organizations accountable for ensuring safer spaces. Led by Anova, London’s gender-based violence shelter and sexual assault centre, and as an initiative of Safe Cities London, MapMyExperience.ca is working to disrupt patterns of violence and create safer spaces for everyone.
When you’re ready, map your experience here and help us chart the path to a safer city.
Why should I submit a report?
Your anonymous story can help make change and hold organizations accountable for ensuring safer spaces. By sharing your report, you can help identify trends and make London safer for everyone.
Who is involved in this platform?
Led by Anova, London’s gender-based violence shelter and sexual assault centre, and created as part of Safe Cities London, MapMyExperience.ca is supported by a community action committee that monitors the data, observes trends, and works to hold organizations accountable for ensuring safer spaces. This committee includes Anova, Brescia University College, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, City of London, Fanshawe College, London Abused Women’s Centre, Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration, Society of Graduate Students (Western University), Ashton Forrest (community member) and Dr. Monica Malta.
How will this data be used?
The data is monitored by the committee, which observes trends and then works to hold organizations accountable for ensuring safer spaces. Accountability may include providing education training, changing environmental concerns such as lighting, or many other approaches, depending on the situation.
How will my information be kept anonymous?
We do not ask for your name as part of the report. All data is de-identified so it cannot be traced back to a specific report. The committee will be reviewing the reports to look for trends, not details on specific incidences.
Who can I provide feedback to?
You can send any feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How and where can I access more survivor support?
You can call 911 or Anova’s 24/7 crisis line at 519-642-3000 if you need immediate help.