Help if you've recently experienced any form of sexual violence or abuse

 

Sexual violence is what happens when someone does not consent to a sexual act. There are many different kinds of sexual violence from flashing and voyeurism to sexual assault and rape. It can happen to anyone – women, men, girls and boys. 

If you have been a victim of sexual violence, no matter what form it has taken, you may be experiencing a wide range of emotions and reactions that can be very upsetting. This is quite normal for someone who has been through such a traumatic experience. You may feel:

• Shock and numbness •  Shame and humiliation • Distress • Fear • Anger • Guilt and self-blame • Helplessness •

 

However you are feeling, try to remember that this is NOT YOUR FAULT,  YOU ARE NOT TO BLAME, and YOU ARE NOT ALONE. 

 

For some practical steps you can take press the "READ MORE" button below.

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Practical steps you can take now

 

  • Try to be somewhere that feels safe.
  • You might be in shock, so try to keep warm.
  • See if a relative, friend or someone you trust can be with you.
  • Talk to someone about what has happened.
  • If you don't feel like talking to a friend or family member just yet, you can call us on either our Women's Rape & Sexual Abuse Helpline or our Women's Domestic Abuse Helpline for confidential, non-judgemental support.  We will listen to you and believe what you tell us.
  • If you're thinking about reporting the violence against you, you can contact the police or go to a specialist Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in your area.  If you're unsure you want to prosecute at this stage, visiting a SARC is a good option.
  • If you're thinking you may want to prosecute the person who did this to you, you may want vital forensic evidence to be collected.  This can be taken up to 72 hours after the event.  There are certain things you can do to help the collection of forensic evidence. Click here to find out more.
  • If you need urgent medical care or attention, call 999 (or 112 from a mobile) and ask for an ambulance, or go straight to your nearest Accident & Emergency department.
 
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