SAFE Centre What to do if you are raped

If your health is at risk call the emergency services on 999 and if you are able, try to go a safe place.

If your health is not at risk and you want to report the crime, notify the police immediately. Reporting the crime can help to ensure your safety and the safety of other potential victims.

If you do not want to report the offence to the police, but wish to be seen by an examiner you can do this if you are 16 years and over. However we cannot ensure absolute confidentiality if we consider there is an ongoing risk to the public or you or members of your family are at further risk. The examiner will document any findings and collect any evidence. If you would like to attend for a self referral examination please ring 01772 523344. We regret we are unable to accommodate visits without a pre-arranged appointment.

Call a friend, a family member, or someone else you trust and ask her or him to stay with you.

Preserve all physical evidence of the assault. Do not shower, bathe, douche, or brush your teeth. Save all of the clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault. Place each item of clothing in a separate paper bag. Do not use plastic bags. Do not disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.

If you contact the police, they will contact the SAFE centre for advice on whether an examination is necessary. The purpose of an examination is primarily to check you are ok and secondly to collect forensic samples. Even if you think that you do not have any physical injuries, you should still have a forensic medical examination and discuss with the examiner the risk of exposure to sexually transmitted infections and the possibility of pregnancy resulting from the sexual assault.

If you suspect that you may have been given a rape drug, inform the police/examiner and they will ask you to provide a sample of urine. Rape drugs, such as Rohypnol and GHB, are more likely to be detected in urine than in blood.

Write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault, including a description of the assailant.

If you want information about legal issues, medical care, or other concerns related to the assault, you can contact the SAFE Centre on 01772 523344 where a member of staff will be available 24/7, 7 days a week.