Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS): easy read

This leaflet provides information on how to self-refer to a Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS) in an easy read format. It provides information on accessing healthcare through NHS Scotland for anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted.

Things to remember

It is your choice. You will not be rushed into making any decisions. You are encouraged to ask questions before deciding to go ahead. You can ask to bring someone with you, such as a trusted friend or relative.

You are in control. You can ask the healthcare professional looking after you to pause or stop at any time.

You should try to get help as soon as possible after an assault. An examination is normally carried out within 7 days of the assault. In some circumstances, it may be helpful to have one after that time.

If you are unsure about what to do, you should contact the telephone number at

to talk to someone about your options.

You are not alone. SARCS are here to help you.



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