Raped and Sexually Abused

If you have been sexually assaulted, recently or in the past, we are here to help.


If you need help you can contact us for support. We will carry out an initial assessment and guide you to the best service for you.


For those that have just been raped or sexually assaulted you can access support 24/7:

Call: 0800 085 9993 (Adults SARC)

Call: 0800 183 0023 (children and young people 17 and under) or look at the EMCYPSAS Website


If you experienced rape or sexual assault recently or in the past, we suggest you ring our counselling line

Call: 0115 941 0440

or contact us online.

Have you recently suffered sexual assault?

If you have just been raped or sexually assaulted, you may feel in shock and unsure of what to do. Here are some steps you can take:

  1. Ensure safety of yourself and any children
  2. Try to keep warm as you might be in shock
  3. See if a friend or someone you trust can be with you

Are you unsure whether to report or not?

There is no time limit on reporting an incident, many people decide to report many weeks, months or years after an incident so try not to destroy any evidence that could help if you change your mind.

You may feel unsure whether to report the incident to the Police or not and this can a very difficult decision for many people to make. The earlier you tell the Police about an attack, the more likely it is that they will be able to investigate the incident effectively and, potentially, make a prosecution.

Forensic evidence is also best obtained within 7 days of an incident occurring. Nottinghamshire Police have a designated Rape Unit with officers who are specially trained in working with incidents of sexual violence. However, you do not have to tell the Police if you don’t want to.

You can contact the regional Sexual Assault Referral Centres for more information on:

Adults: 0800 085 9993

Children and Young People Aged 17 and Under: 0800 183 0023

Have you suffered sexual assault in the past?

If you experienced rape or sexual assault in the past or as a child you may be suffering from depression, anxiety, phobias and flashbacks.

These may be causing physical health problems and mixed emotions that that you can’t deal with. Many survivors feel anger or shame that they can’t get past and can also feel worthless.

Often people that have been sexually abused in the past or as a child have never spoken to anyone about the experience. We want to help you to start the process of healing and regaining control of your life.

Often survivors try to deal with these emotional problems by self-harming, neglecting themselves or drinking, smoking or taking drugs to numb the pain. If you are feeling anxious about a sexual event that happened in the past and you need support, then contact us.

We will not ask you to describe what happened to you or force you to talk about things you don’t want to. We never judge, we will always believe you and what you say will not shock or upset us. We know how hard it is for you to pick up the phone. You might be worried about what will happen and who will find out, but we will explain everything fully and take things at your own pace.

Contact us on 0115 941 0440 or email support@nottssvss.org.uk

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