This section explains where you can go for help and advice if you have been sexually assaulted.
Sexual assault is any kind of sexual activity that you do not agree to. It can include:
Sexual assault can happen to men or women of any age. The attacker may be male or female, a stranger or someone you know, and a sexual assault can take place anywhere, including in your home or workplace.
Being sexually assaulted can be a very distressing and frightening experience. This can make it hard to get the help you need, but there are services that can help. You do not have to tell anyone about the assault if you don’t want to, but you should seek medical advice as soon as possible as you may be at risk of a sexually transmitted infection or pregnancy.
The services listed below can provide medical care, will take you seriously and will help you get any other support you need (including emotional support). These services are free – you can go there without a referral from another service and they will not tell the police if you do not want them to.
For help finding out where your nearest service is see How to get help with your sexual health.
If you decide to tell the police, you will be seen by a specially trained police officer and a specially trained doctor.
The following organisations can also give you details of services you might need and may be able to provide some counselling and support. If the assault took place a long time ago they can still help you: