Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS): information

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

Things to remember

  • It’s your choice. You will not be rushed into making any decisions and 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 providing your care to pause or stop at any time.
  • You should try to seek help as soon as possible after the assault. A forensic medical examination is normally only carried out if the assault has happened within the last 7 days. Although in some circumstances, it may be helpful to have an examination after that time. If you’re unsure about what to do, you should contact the telephone number at to discuss the options available to you.
  • You’re not alone. If you have recently been through a traumatic experience such as rape or sexual assault, SARCS is here to help you.



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