Rape Crisis (for women)
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone number: 0808 802 9999
What they do: Rape Crisis offer support to female victims of rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, sexual harassment, rape within marriage / relationships, forced marriage, “honour-based” violence, female genital mutilation (FGM), trafficking, sexual exploitation, grooming and ritual abuse in England and Wales. Support is free and confidential.
Survivors UK (for men)
Email address: email@example.com
Telephone number: 0845 122 1201
What they do: Survivors UK offer information, counselling and support to male victims of rape and sexual abuse in the UK. Support is free and confidential.
Childline (for children)
Email address: You can chat online to a Childline counsellor here.
Telephone number: 0800 1111 (this is a free number)
What they do: Childline is a confidential service for children and young people in the UK under the age of 19. Childline counsellors are available via telephone and online chat and are all friendly, specially trained and experienced at working with children. If you’re being sexually abused, you should get in contact with them or another safe adult such as a parent, teacher or police officer.
NSPCC (for adults concerned about a child)
Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Telephone number: 0808 800 5000
What they do: The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) is a UK charity aimed at stopping all forms of child abuse, including sexual abuse. The email address and phone number listed above are specifically for adults concerned about known or suspected child abuse.
Email address: email@example.com
Telephone number: 0845 30 30 900
What they do: Victim Support offer emotional and practical support to all victims of crime and their friends/family in the UK, regardless of whether you decide to report the crime to the Police or not, and regardless of when it happened. Support is free and confidential.
Citizens Advice Bureau
Email address: none
Telephone number: 0844 411 1444
What they do: Citizens Advice Bureau offer free, confidential legal advice.
Information on the Legal Process
This 114-page document provides an extremely detailed explanation of the legal process in England and Wales, from reporting the crime to the police to the what you can expect to happen at court.
Find local support
There are over 135 local support agencies for victims of rape and sexual abuse in the UK and the Republic of Ireland. Find your local support agency here: http://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/find-support/
Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs)
Sexual Assault Referral Centres are specialist facilities that provide medical help and forensic examinations to male and female victims of rape and sexual assault in the UK. To preserve as much forensic evidence as possible, it is important to go to a SARC as soon as possible after an attack. Treatment is free and confidential.
Find your local Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) here: http://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/sarc/
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs)
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors are specialists trained to look after victims of rape and sexual assault in the UK. They can provide you with information about the legal system completely confidentially and free of charge.
Find your local Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) here: http://www.thesurvivorstrust.org/isva/
Find a local counsellor
Find a counsellor near you here: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/
Family and Friends
Your family and friends can be a great source of support. When deciding who to tell, you may want to consider their probable reaction, and whether they know the perpetrator – it may be easier to tell someone who is of a calm disposition and who does not know the perpetrator. If you are a child or teenager, you should seriously consider telling a parent or another trusted adult such as a teacher or police officer.