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.

What will happen to any evidence collected?

Any evidence taken will be stored safely for 26 months. During that time you can decide if you want to tell the police. Your evidence will only be looked at if you decide to report to the police.

You can ask to have your evidence destroyed early or have some items returned to you. After the 26 months, your evidence will be safely destroyed. This does not stop you from being able to make a report to the police if you decide to do so.

Rape Crisis Scotland provide an advocacy service. You can talk to them about what reporting to the police would involve. They can support you through the process if you decide to go ahead. Contact details for Rape Crisis are at the end of this leaflet.



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