There are Helplines which will give information, help and support: Support Line keeps details of Helplines and Rape Crisis Centres throughout the UK and can be contacted on 01708 765200 or by email to [email protected]
Try if at all possible not to wash or change clothes as this could destroy vital evidence.
This is such a despicable, horrible crime, which can have lasting consequences for the victim.
However, victims can and do get through this trauma which takes enormous strength and a very positive state of mind, but it is possible to move forward with your life without the rape affecting your every day living.
Try and get as much support and help as you can even if in the first instance this is just a friend to sit with you so you are not alone.
Shock can affect people in different ways and for this reason it is good to have someone you can trust with you.
You will be asked to make a statement but the Police at this stage will not expect you to talk in detail and you will be allocated a police officer who will act as Chaperone and be the contact person to keep you advised of the progress of the case.The Victim support service can accompany victims to court as for many this can be a daunting experience.The Police will go through everything with you and the set up and working of the court will be fully explained to you before you need to attend.It is so important to remember that the victim is NEVER at fault and NEVER to blame and the responsibility and blame is on the head of the abuser.Many victims choose not to fight back because if they did the chances are they would be hurt even more – you did what you had to do in order to survive.Support Line itself is urgently in need of funds to enable us to keep providing support for victims of abuse.I hope this section will be of some help and support to anyone who has been a victim of rape or sexual assault and anyone caring for them.You can request a female or male officer to talk to.The Chaperone will then go with you to the Victim Examination Suite as you will need to be examined by a doctor for evidence and samples will need to be taken which will include samples of saliva urine, blood, pubic hair, swabs will need to be taken from the mouth, rectum and vagina.More funding needs to be put into services providing help and support for victims of rape.Some areas of the country are well covered with support services while other areas have little or no services and many services have long waiting lists.