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If you’ve recently been raped or sexually assaulted

Make sure you’re safe

It’s really important to make sure you’re safe. If you think you’re still in danger or have been injured, call 999 as soon as you can.

If you think you might need medical help, call 999 for an ambulance or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency for treatment. Even if you don’t think you’re hurt, check your body to make sure as you could be in shock. Once you’re safe, we’re here for you when you’re ready to speak to us.

Deciding whether to report what happened

It’s up to you if you want to tell anyone about a rape or sexual assault. It’s also your choice if you want to report an assault to the police. Our Rosey Project Support to Report advocacy team can talk you through your options if you’re unsure what to do.

If you do decide to go to the police, you don’t have to do it alone. Our Support to Report advocacy workers can help you through the process. If you do decide to report the rape or sexual assault, try to keep as much evidence of what happened as possible. This means trying to keep the clothes you were wearing and avoiding showering or brushing your teeth until you have reported it.

If you’re unsure what to do but want to be able to report an assault in the future, then you can book an appointment at Archway Glasgow, a specialist Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service. Open all day, every day, they will carry out a forensic examination if it happened to you within the last seven days. This time limit is in place because some evidence gets lost over that length of time.

If you’re aged between 13 and 15

If you, or the person you know who has experienced a rape or sexual assault, are between 13 and 15 years old, then we have policies in place to provide extra protection for you. This means that we have to provide a report to a child protection officer or the police if they haven’t already been informed of a rape or sexual assault. For more information and advice about our duty of care to young people, call our helpline on 08088 00 00 14.

Whatever you decide to do, remember, we’re here for you.