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.

If I decide to tell the police after I have self-referred, what will happen next?

If you decide to tell the police within the 26 month period, remember to tell them about the examination you have had. This means they can ask the SARCS for your evidence.

If the police have enough evidence to prove a crime has been committed, they will tell the Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service. They will decide if there is enough evidence to charge the person.

If that happens, you will be contacted by the Victim Information and Advice Service. They will provide you with information about the case. They can also tell you about other support that may be available,



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