Recent Sexual Trauma
Advice for females and males
Safety: Rape or sexual attack (whether actual or attempted), try to go immediately to a place where you feel safe and then (if possible) ask someone to assist you by fetching help.
Support: Can you tell anyone who will be immediately supportive, such as a close friend or family member? Or phone the RASASC helpline (01483 546400) – 7.30pm-9.30pm or National Helpline 0808 802 9999. RASASC’s helpline volunteers are specially trained to listen and support, men and women and their families in this type of situation.
Injuries: If you have been physically harmed, seek medical advice from a doctor or hospital A&E.
Clothing, Tampons and Evidence: After any sex attack, it is best not to wash and (preferably) not to change your clothing but to take a change of clothes with you to the hospital A&E, Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) or Police Station. Your original clothing, tampons and other evidence may need to be kept as forensic evidence.
Sexual Assult Referral Centre (SARC): This specialist unit provides all the necessary services that a survivor might need. Access to Forensic Medical Examiners, Independent Sexual Violence Advisor service, Crisis Support Workers, short term counselling, Police reporting, evidence gathering and storing, recording of video statement. Cobham Community Hospital, Solace Centre, Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1HT 0300 130 3038
Forensic Medical Evidence: Forensic medical evidence can be taken at the SARC by a Forensic Medical Examiner (FME) and stored securely. This gives you important time to decide on what you want to do. If you decide in the future that you wish to press charges, then the evidence is there to support your case. It is also important in catching and convicting a serial rapist.
Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA): An ISVA will support survivors and their families through all issues and events in the after a sexual attack and will give advice and help for the best possible outcomes and to help the survivor recover. Email email@example.com
Police: Do you want to report what happened? This is your decision alone to make. There is no right or wrong decision; it is up to you the individual. Do not feel pressurised. There is no time limit on reporting but if you do, then the sooner the better. Surrey Police will take you or meet you at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre SARC, rather than having to go to the police station. You also have the right to ask for a female rape-trained officer. All officers have received specialist training in sexual assault.
Call 101 to speak to the relevant team.
Sexually Transmitted Diseases, HIV and Pregnancy: You may need to visit a Genito-Urinary Medicine (GUM) Clinic for tests. It is important to consider the risk of sexually transmitted disease, HIV and pregnancy. GUM tests do not have to be done immediately, they can be done about three days afterwards. Our helpline will have your nearest GUM Clinic’s telephone number
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