Information and Support
If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the issues raised in this programme, the following organisations can help:
Rape Crisis (England and Wales)
Rape Crisis (England and Wales) provides information about rape and sexual violence and details of your nearest Rape Crisis Centre if you need support. Rape Crisis Centres specialise in rape trauma support and counselling. You can find information on the Rape Crisis site.
Rape Crisis National Helpline
The Rape Crisis National Helpline can offer help and support to male and female survivors of rape or sexual abuse over 14 years of age, however long ago it happened. They can also offer help and support to partners, friends and family. Call the National Freephone Helpline on 0808 802 9999.
If you’ve been sexually abused recently, sexual assault referral centres are specialist 24/7 services which provide medical care and forensic examination following assault/rape, counselling and – in some locations – sexual health services. Services are free of charge and provided to women, men, young people and children (although not all centres may currently be able to assist children).
Sexual Assault Referral Centres are mostly able to assist in the immediate aftermath of an assault and can store the forensic results until you make up your mind whether to report to the police or not. You can find a list of Sexual Assault Referral Centres (in England and Wales) on the Rape Crisis website – go rapecrisis.org.uk and select the link for Reporting a Rape, which you’ll find down the left hand side. If you do not wish to take legal action, it may be important that you receive medical attention. You do not have to have a forensic examination if you go a SARC, A & E or your GP. But remember that you may need to receive treatment for your injuries, emergency contraception, and checks for STIs.
Rape Crisis Scotland
If you’re in Scotland, Rape Crisis Scotland provides a national rape crisis helpline for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. The helpline offers free and confidential crisis support and information. They can also put you in touch with local rape crisis centres or other services for ongoing support. Contact them by phone on 0808 801 03 02 or find them online at the Rape Crisis Scotland site.
The NEXUS Institute works across Northern Ireland to respond to the needs of adults (over 16) who have experienced sexual abuse, rape and sexual violence. It provides an effective, professional counselling service for those in need. Call 028 9032 6803 or visit the NEXUS Institute site.
Survivors UK provides information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused. Contact Survivors UK by phone on 0845 122 1201 or visit the Survivors UK site.
National Association for People Abused in Childhood
The National Association for People Abused in Childhood is a charity that offers support, advice and guidance to adult survivors of any form of childhood abuse. You can contact them on 0800 085 3330 or visit the National Association for People Abused in Childhood site.