If you or someone you know have been a victim of rape or sexual assault don’t suffer in silence.
It is never your fault. The fault lies entirely with the person who raped or assaulted you.
You are not alone. Rape and sexual assault are much more common than people think. Around 23% of women and 3% of men experience sexual assault as an adult. 5% of women and 0.4% of men experience rape.
There is help available. Talk to someone you trust or call the Rape Crisis Freephone Helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12 – 2.30pm and 7 – 9.30pm).
Rape and sexual assault are about violence and domination. Sexual assault is an act of physical, psychological and emotional violation, in the form of a sexual act, inflicted on someone without consent. It could involve forcing or manipulating someone to witness or participate in any sexual acts.
The Rape Crisis Helpline will put you in touch with your nearest Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). In London there are three specialist centres for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted called The Havens:
Camberwell: 020 3299 1599
Paddington: 020 3312 1101
Whitechapel: 020 7247 4787
For more information and advice including on how to support someone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault, some of the key myths and facts, and much more, visit Rape Crisis England and Wales.
You can also contact the North London Rape Crisis service (women only) provided by Solace Women's Aid. For more information on the range of local services visit our directory of domestic and sexual violence services.