Help and Advice
Have you experienced rape or sexual abuse within the last 7 – 10 days?
What do you do now?
Do you need support and advice?
Are you safe?
If you feel you are not safe and need urgent help, please call 999.
If you have experienced rape or sexual assault within the last 7 – 10 days, it is understandable that you may feel scared and confused and do not know what to do. Please remember, you do not have to face this alone.
By ringing our advice line you will receive support from someone who understands your fear and confusion and will be able to offer you advice so that you can make an informed choice of what is right for you.
If you are unsure of whether to report to the Police, our Advice Line can offer support and give you the information that may be needed to help you decide. We will explain what the process is and advise what will be required from you. This could include attending Derbyshire's SARC (sexual assault referral centre) for a forensic medical examination with support from an SV2 Crisis Worker.
If you decide not to involve the Police but still require a forensic examination, our Advice Line will offer information about Self Referral which could still include attending the SARC with the support from an SV2 Crisis Worker. The forensic swabs can still be obtained and will be stored securely and safely until such time you decide to make a report or that you wish for them to be destroyed. No pressure will be put on you to make that decision at any time.
If you do decide that a forensic medical examination is required, with or without police involvement, in order to obtain the best forensic evidence, could we please ask you to please:-
- Not Bathe or Shower
- Not Clean Your Teeth
- Keep the clothes you were wearing at the time of the assault