We are here to help anyone over the age of 18 who has been sexually assaulted. You can find more information for under 18s on our Support for Under 18s page. If you are in danger then please call the police on 999 for emergencies and 101 for non-emergencies so that they can put measures in place to make you safe.
If you are not in danger then please have a read of the following information to see how we can support you.
The incident happened less than 7 days ago
You may be feeling a variety of emotions right now – scary, angry, isolated, numb – we understand that, but we also want to make sure that you get the right help to help you recover both physically and emotionally. We have a specially trained team that can help you. No one will force you to go to the police or have anything done unless you want to. Let us explain all of your options to you and then you decide what to do.
Here are some next steps for you to take:
- If you need medical assistance then please get this straight away by calling 111 (or 999 in an emergency)
- If you want to talk to someone about your options then please contact us on 01522 524402 or out of hours on 0303 1234000 and we will talk you through everything that is available. If you don’t want to go to the police then we will discuss other options with you such as Anonymous Intelligence and Self referrals.
- If you want to report to police then please call them on 101 or 999 and they will get the initial contact officers to support you who will then refer you into our care. The police may advise you that forensic examination would benefit the legal process and , if you agree to it, they will arrange for this to take place here at Spring Lodge. If this is required then we have a team of people to support you and all of our staff are trained to make sure that you are the priority and that your wishes are respected at all times.
We will not disclose your information to a third party without your permission unless the health and safety of yourself or others including the wider public is at risk, or we are required to do so by law. There may be times when sharing information with other parties in beneficial for your care but we would discuss this with you first and if you are over 18 only do so if you gave us permission. Confidentiality will be discussed with you further on the phone or face to face.
The incident happened more than 7 days ago
We understand that for some people it can take some time to feel that they are ready to discuss a sexual assault that happened some time ago. Please know that there is support available no matter how long ago the incident happened. There are many options available to you and so please call us so that we can discuss these with you. If you want to go to the police then you can call them and they will get one of their specially trained officers to speak to you. If you don’t know if you want to report then please call us anyway as we can explain things such as anonymous intelligence and self-referrals to you.
Call us on 01522 524402 or 0303 1234000