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Berkshire Sexual Health Services - NHS Logo
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Sexual Assault and Rape

Sexual Assault and Rape

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted sexual health services are often one of the first places people think of coming to for help, both men and women can be sexually assaulted or raped.
It is important to remind yourself that you are not to blame. Nothing that you have done can make a person rape or sexually assault you. You are not responsible for someone else’s actions. There is no right or wrong way to respond in situations of sexual attack. Common feelings after rape or sexual assault include self-blame, guilt, fear, anxiety, shame and anger.

Following an assault there are some options for you to consider.

  • If you want to report it to the police it is a good idea to do that as soon as possible. You can contact Thames Valley Police on 101 (or 999 in an emergency).
  • If you are not sure about reporting it to the police you can attend a Sexual Assault Referral Centre.
  • You can also come to one of the sexual health clinics where we can provide a full range of support, advice, screening, vaccinations, PEPSE, and emergency contraception.
  • We can also supply information about other agencies that you might like to consider contacting for ongoing support.

What is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre?

Sexual Assault Referral Centres (SARCs) offer a safe, discreet and caring environment to support victims of rape and sexual assault and their families. You will have access to a trained crisis worker who will be with you throughout your time in the SARC.

A SARC can provide

  • a forensic examination by a specialist forensic doctor who will treat you with dignity and respect and will always ask for your consent before examining you.
  • crisis support at your initial visit and arrange follow up appointments
    telephone advice
  • independent advocacy and support with practical matters
  • Introduction to other support services, for example Rape Crisis and Victim Support

Where is there a Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Berkshire?

www.solacesarc.org.uk

Helpline 0300 130 3036

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs)

Many specialist support agencies offer an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA). An ISVA is trained to look after your needs, and to ensure that you receive care and understanding. They will help you understand how the criminal justice process works. An ISVA is there to provide you with information only, and you are not expected to report any offence to the police unless you wish to do so.

Other useful numbers and contacts

Reading Trust House Sexual Abuse Centre
trusthousereading.org
Helpline 07791567155

You can choose to speak to either a male or female support worker. Trust House Reading can arrange this when you call.

Berkshire Women’s Aid

www.berkshirewomensaid.org.uk

Helpline: 0118 950 4003

Police

Call 101 or 999 in an emergency

Emergency Contraception
PEP and Prep
Other useful contacts