Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity that you do not agree to, including:

  • Inappropriate, sexually inspired or aroused touching – likely include, but not limited to, bum, testicles, penis or anus area
  • Attempted rape

Sexual assault can be verbal, visual, or anything that forces a person to join in any unwanted sexual contact or attention.

  • Do not despair or panic – we are here to help
  • We will support you at every step – you are our main concern
  • No one will question you or force you to do anything you don’t want to do

What to do next?

After you’ve called us:

  1. Do not wash – this will help us to understand how best to help you
  2. If you changed your clothes, please bring the clothes you were wearing with you in a clean plastic carrier bag, such as those from the shops – this will help us better understand what happened to you
  3. Bring a close friend or family member if you would like – this is about you and your well-being
  4. Come to The New Swindon Sanctuary SARC as quickly as possible
  5. Let us help you – this will also put you back in control

 

Confidentiality

If you do give us your contact details or, provide identifiable information, we will usually keep your contact with us completely confidential. However, in certain circumstances we may have to share information with another agency (e.g. social services, police or the ambulance service) in order to protect you, or another person. This will apply if:-

•             you are a child or young person under 18  who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or, 
•             you provide information about a child or young person under 18 who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
•             we feel you are a vulnerable adult who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm or,
•             you provide information about a  person we feel may be a vulnerable adult who has experienced, or is at risk of, serious harm.

The person you speak to will be happy to discuss this in more detail. Whenever possible we will advise you before any breach of confidentiality is made.