Our Sexual Assault Referral Centre is for anyone aged 18 or over who has been raped or sexually assaulted within the last 7 to 10 days. While you are there you will undergo a forensic medical examination; hand over any other evidence such as clothing etc; and complete a witness statement.
You can either report to the police who will bring you to the SARC, or you can self refer to us and report the assault anonymously.
Who is involved?
Depending on what you decide to do, the professionals involved will be:
Our SARC is in Alfreton, Derbyshire. There you will be shown to a room and the process will be explained by a Crisis Worker. The Crisis Worker will provide support through the process and answer any questions you may have whilst at Millfield House. You can change your mind at any point.
When undergoing the forensic medical, you will be taken into a room that looks similar to GP surgery. There will be a doctor present and you can either go in on your own or your Crisis Worker can accompany you for support.
How long will it take?
It can vary as to how long you will be at the SARC, but you can expect to be there for a minimum of four hours.
Is there anything I need to do for it?
To help detect DNA for a forensic medical, it is best if you do not:
Brush your teeth
Eat or drink
Change your clothes (or if you do, please store the worn clothes in a clean plastic bag)
Dispose of any sanitary wear
Tidy or clear up anything from the incident
What does it look like?
The forensic medical suites are self contained. That means when you arrive you be shown to your suite and can stay there rather than being moved around. There is a waiting area within the suite which is adjoined to the medical room (looks a bit like what you see at your GP) and then an en-suite with a toilet and a shower.
You will receive a care pack during your time there so you don’t need to worry about toiletries. You will be taken care of and supported the entire time.
Anyone coming to the SARC is treated sensitively and without judgement.
We offer brief therapy to clients who have accessed the SARC (Sexual Assault Referral Centre). They are informed at that stage that they can access brief therapy immediately after the rape/serious sexual assault, should they want some time to talk about the impact of what has happened. They may only need or want a one-off session or they can access up to 8 sessions – it is their choice.