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Letter to Families, Hamilton Police Services Update on Sexual Assault Investigation

January 7, 2022

Dear Families,

Today, Hamilton Police Services (HPS) announced the development into the sexual assault investigation that was first shared with our community in October. Details of the announcement are provided in a media release, which can be found here.

The health, safety and well-being of students in our primary concern. On behalf of the school and board administration teams, we wish to thank Hamilton Police Services for their support during the investigation.

Please be assured that cases related to sexual assault and violence are immediately reported and are in serious contravention of our Code of Conduct. All Safe Schools legislation is applied.

This is unsettling information to learn, and even more distressing for the victims involved. As reported by the HPS, some assaults allegedly happened on and off school property. We will address our school safety plans in accordance with the findings of the investigation.

In supporting conversations at home, caregivers can access HWDSB’s Tip sheet for adults supporting children after a distressing event.

Our commitment to the students and staff is to continue to work with our partners, including Sacha and the Healthy Youth Network, for example, to eliminate gender-based violence in our communities.

Continued Supports to Students

Social workers will be available to any student who may need support remotely. Students can contact a caring adult or an administrator at the school to support their pathway to care.

Resources for Anonymous Support

Students can also access the HWDSB Helps app, an anonymous way to find help for themselves or for one another.

Additional Resources

If you are a survivor of sexual assault, remember the abuse was not your fault and there is no time limit on reporting the abuse to police. We want all survivors of sexual violence to know that we believe them and we will respect their choice in when they report an incident, where and how.

  • Children’s Aid Society – The CAS mandate is to protect children (age 18 and under) from physical, sexual and emotional abuse and neglect. (905) 522-1121 (intake)
  • Catholic Children’s Aid Society – The CCAS mandate is to protect children (age 18 and under) from physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect. (905) 525-2012 (intake)
  • Sexual Assault Centre’s 24-hour support line – Call 905-525-4162 or connect at www.sacha.ca, or the Sexual Assault/Domestic Violence Care Centre at hhsc.ca/sadv
  • Hamilton Police Service Sexual Assault Unit (non-emergency line) – Call 905-540-5553, or visit www.hamiltonpolice.on.ca to file an online report
  • Crime Stoppers – Provide information anonymously and call 1-800-222-8477 or submit your anonymous tips online at http://www.crimestoppershamiIton.com

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns.

Sincerely,

Theresa Sgambato

Principal

Updated on Friday, January 07, 2022.
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