Recent rape or sexual assault

If you have just been raped or sexually assaulted, please try and remember:

This is NOT your fault
You are NOT to blame
You are NOT alone

Your feelings

You may be in shock. This can show itself in many different ways. Everyone reacts and feels differently. You may feel numb, be shaking, laughing hysterically or being physically sick. You might continue with your daily routine as usual. Your feelings may keep changing over time, and whatever you are feeling is a ‘normal’ response to what has happened. You may feel it was your fault. It wasn’t. What happened to you should not have happened. Try to be patient and kind to yourself. Remember you are not responsible for anyone else’s feelings.

The amount of support and help you receive at this time can help you to overcome the initial shock and disruption to your life. Try and be somewhere that feels save, try and keep warm and if you can, speak to someone you can trust.

If you feel you are in immediate danger call 999

The Elms Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

You can contact The Elms SARC on 0800 193 5454 who can offer immediate support and advice for anyone who has recently been raped or sexually assaulted regardless of whether the incident has been reported to the police or not.

You will be given the option of a forensic medical examination by a specialist nurse and offered support with injury, pregnancy and any sexually transmitted infections (STIs).

Whether you wish to report to the police now or have the option of reporting to the police at a later date, the more evidence you can preserve, the greater the chance of conviction:

  • Try not shower or bathe – even though this may be your first instinct
  • Try not to clean your teeth
  • If possible ring someone you trust, and see if they can be with you
  • Do not change your clothes. If you do, put everything you were wearing into a plastic bag and keep it somewhere safe
  • Avoid eating or drinking, especially alcohol
  • Don’t comb your hair
  • Try to avoid going to the toilet until you have been examined. If you do need to go to the toilet, keep the tissues you use and put them in a plastic bag
  • If the rapist used a condom don’t get rid of it

The Elms

www.theelmssarc.org

Getting Support

Read More

Information & Resources

Read More

What is Sexual Violence

Read More

PRCCG offer a confidential Helpline for women and girls who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time of their lives.

Contact us