Do you think you have been raped?
If you are not sure or are concerned about something that has happened to you please contact us to discuss.
Rape is forced sexual intercourse involving insertion of a penis into the vagina, mouth or anus.
Rape is a common form of sexual assault. It is committed in many situations—on a date, by a friend or an acquaintance, or when you think you are alone.
Try to always be aware of your surroundings. Educate yourself on “date rape” drugs. Date rape drugs make a person unable to resist assault and can cause memory loss so the victim doesn’t know what happened.
Do not despair or panic – we are here to help
We will support you every step of the way – you are our main concern.
No one will force you to do anything you do not want you to do.
What to do next?
After you have called us please try to follow this advice:-
If at all possible please do not go to the toilet, eat, drink or smoke until you have spoken to us.
Do not wash – this will help us understand how best to help you.
If you have already changed the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault, please bring them with you – unwashed – in a clean carrier bag such as those from the shops.
Bring a friend, family member if you would like to – this is about you and your well being.
Let us help you – this will help you feel back in control.
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.