If you have been recently raped
If this has just happened to you, you might be experiencing lots of different feelings. Many people feel scared, numb, shocked, confused, or angry. There is no right or wrong way to feel or to be.
If something has just happened to you, you might want to:
- Try to get somewhere that feels safe.
- Try to stay warm (you could be in shock).
- See if a friend or someone you trust can be with you.
- Talk to someone about what's happened
However you're feeling, try to remember this isn't your fault and you're not alone.
If you don't feel like telling a friend or family member yet, talk to us at SERICC, or call the National Rape Crisis line 0808 802 9999 which is open from 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm, and from 7.00 pm to 9.30 pm on any day of the year.
If you're in danger or need urgent medical attention, you can call 999 to speak to the police or ask for an ambulance, or go straight to your nearest Accident & Emergency (A&E) department.
Oakwood Place SARC offers a comprehensive service for adults and children in Essex, who have experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse. Clients can access Oakwood Place via the Police and other professionals, as well as via the self-referral pathway (booking an appointment at the SARC, without police involvement).
At the SARC, individuals will be offered support and guidance, a medical assessment/treatment, a forensic examination, and the opportunity of aftercare referrals for support services. Clients will be offered these services based on their individual needs, and can choose to use as much or as little of the service as they wish.
The SARC will be able to offer you support, healthcare, and aftercare advice if:
- You are in Essex; and
- You have experienced sexual violence or sexual abuse.
They should also be able to offer you a forensic medical examination if:
- The incident(s) has occurred in the past 7 days.