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 24 hour 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 will listen and give you the information that may be needed to help you decide. They 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 with the 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 on a Self Referral which could still include attending the SARC with the support from SV2 Crisis Workers. 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 is required, with or without police involvement, in order to obtain the best forensics, could we please ask you to not:-
Please do not worry if you have already done some of the things listed above; it is quite understandable, especially if the incident took place a day or so ago. Evidence can still be found days later so please do still come forward if this is something you wish to do.
Is it affecting your life?
Have you lived with this for a long time?
Whether the abuse happened last month, last year or 10, 20, 30 years ago, support is available and it is NEVER too late.
Please call our 24 hour Advice Line to talk to someone who will listen and help identify the support service(s) which would best suit your needs.
Our counselling service is free and is available to all genders from the age of 14+. Counselling can help you if you are struggling with the aftermath of sexual violence and we provide a wide range of therapeutic approaches, including specialist pre-trial therapy, which all help in best supporting you.
Our ISVA service can advise and support you by looking at what other needs you may have and how these may best be addressed. They can also offer advice on the legal process and what this involves if you are not sure whether this is the right course of action for you. Regardless of making a report or not, our ISVA's are here to help anyone seeking support after sexual violence.