If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, you may be both physically and emotionally affected. Only you can decide what you feel up to doing in the hours, days or even weeks following. The following information allows you to see the options available to make you safe and be informed of what could happen. If you are able you could consider talking to someone as what has happened is not your fault and you are not to blame. You should never feel ashamed about what has happened.
Some helpful things to consider -:
The first and most important is your safety. Try and get to a place that you feel safe and secure. This can be with a family member, friend, teacher or a trusted work colleague.
There are also options available such as -:
- Visit your local Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
- A local organisation such as RoSA where you could speak with an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA)
To report an incident:
- Call the police on 999.
- Even though you probably want to, don’t have a wash or brush your teeth.
- Try not to have a cigarette, or eat or drink anything
- Don’t change your clothes
If circumstances have changed from your initial reaction where you chose not to report to the police then it is still perfectly within your rights to do so. Please see the advice below which you may wish to consider if you have not reported.
- If you do not want to report an incident immediately, you can still take steps to preserve some evidence yourself. In cases like this please call the non-emergency 101 number.
- Keep the clothes you were wearing during the attack and don’t wash them.
- Take photographs of any injuries sustained during the attack.