Support for survivors

We support women and girls who have experienced rape, childhood sexual abuse, or any other form of sexual violence, whether it happened recently or a long time ago, or if the perpetrator was a stranger or someone you know.

It can be very difficult to find the words to tell someone else what has happened to you. It may be hard to know how the other person will react, or you may not be sure if they will believe you. You may find that your friends and family are wonderful sources of support or you may feel that you have no-one to turn to.

It is always your choice about who you talk to and when to talk to them. If you don’t feel that there is anyone in your life who you can talk to at the moment, are trying to decide whether or not to tell someone, or would like additional support, our helpline and email services are here to support you. All the women who answer the phones and emails are trained in supporting survivors of sexual violence.

If you have been raped very recently, the most important thing is that you are safe. If you have been hurt at all, your GP or nearest A&E can help you and should not contact the police unless you want them to. If you are not safe and you feel able to call for help, always dial 999. For more information, please see our guidance for those who have recently been raped or assaulted.

If you are concerned about sexually transmitted infections (STIs), you can receive confidential advice, tests and treatment from your nearest iCaSH (Integrated Contraception and Sexual Health services). You do not need a referral from your doctor, and any information you share with them will not be shared with anyone outside of your local iCaSH without your permission.

Whether something happened to you recently or a long time ago, whether it was a stranger or someone you know, no matter what your experiences of sexual violence, we are here for you.

You may find it useful to call or email us for support, or if you don’t feel ready to talk to anyone you might find our ‘Resources for survivors’ page helpful, which includes our self-help guide.