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Information and help after rape and sexual assault

Published: 22 Feb 2016
Part of:
Equality and rights, Law and order
ISBN:
9781785449895

Information pack for women and men over 16 who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

134 page PDF

323.7 kB

134 page PDF

323.7 kB

Contents
Information and help after rape and sexual assault
About this information pack

134 page PDF

323.7 kB

About this information pack

This information pack is for women and men (over 16) who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

If you are under 16 or the parent/carer of a young person under 16, section 4 gives a list of agencies you can contact for information and support.

It has been put together using the questions which people who have been raped and sexually assaulted often ask. It gives information about:

  • How rape or sexual assault might affect you
  • How to look after your health if you are sexually assaulted
  • How the legal process works if you report the assault
  • Where to get support or more information

Rape and sexual assault affect everyone differently. How you react and what you decide to do next depend on what happened, the type of person you are, whether you have the support of family or friends, and the other circumstances of your life.

Whether the assault happened recently or a long time ago, whether you have been assaulted once or often, whether you know the person who assaulted you or not, and how safe you feel are just some of the factors which might also affect your response.

It usually helps if you have some idea of what to expect and how to get support if you want this. That is what this pack aims to give you.

The pack is mainly about recent sexual assault. But many people have experienced sexual abuse or sexual assault when they were children. If you are sexually assaulted as an adult, this can re-awaken strong feelings and reactions about what happened to you as a child. Reading material like this pack can also remind you about childhood abuse. The effects of a recent sexual assault can be very distressing and it is important that you get good help and support. For more information on where to get this see section 4.

The pack contains a lot of information. It has been designed so you can dip into it rather than read through from beginning to end. Some of it may not be relevant for you now but may be useful in time. If you need more information or if there is anything you do not understand, you can contact any of the agencies listed in section 4.

It may also be helpful for you to show the pack to family, friends or others so they have a better idea of what you are going through and how they might help.

There are many people who are there to help you whether you want to talk about what's happened or want practical help with a medical or legal matter. Many agencies were involved in putting this information pack together. They are keen to make sure that you get any help you need.

The pack is written as clearly as possible. Some legal and medical terms are included because you may come across these. These are explained when used and there is a list of meanings in section 5.

If there is anything you do not understand, please speak to the person who gave you this pack.


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