What to do if you have been raped or sexually assaulted within the last 7-10 days
If you have been a victim of sexual assault in the last 7-10 days, we understand how scared and confused you might be. You do not have to cope with this alone. We are a dedicated charity experienced in supporting victims of rape and serious sexual assault.
It can be difficult at this time of crisis to think clearly about your choices – though it may not feel like it, you still have options available to you. The power of ‘what happens next’ remains with you.
Even if the thought of reporting the incident to the police scares you, you should still think about your emotional and physical welfare. Your safety, health and wellbeing is paramount.
We are independent of any other agency so you do not have to worry about the police or any other agency or person (including your loved ones) finding out about your assault. Our staff will treat anything you say to them with complete confidentiality*.
I do not want to report to the Police, but I would like to seek help
If you do not wish to report to the Police but you would like to speak to one of our specially trained staff on how to access support or discuss your options regarding anonymous reporting then please contact. We will arrange an urgent appointment with you to discuss your options and can arrange for a forensic medical examination without police involvement.
I want to report to the Police
You will need to contact the Police on 999 and report the rape or sexual assault. A specially trained officer called a Sexual Offence Liaison Officer (SOLO) will make contact with you and arrange for you to have a forensic medical examination at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). You can visit www.devon-cornwall.police.uk for further information.
If you are in danger…
If you are in danger it is important that you call the Police on 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency, alternatively you can visit www.devon-cornwall.police.uk or find a safe place to stay.