What to do and where to get help

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are various services which can provide confidential help.

People who have been sexually assaulted need to attend a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for urgent medical attention to prevent STIs and pregnancy. SARC offer medical, practical and emotional support to the victims of sexual assault irrespective of whether the incident is reported or not to the police.

Specially trained nurses, doctors and support workers are involved in caring for the victim, which includes assessment and medical treatment. See the below service providers who can be contacted for specialist medical attention and sexual violence support.

Your nearest SARC support in Wakefield, Barnsley and Wigan & Leigh

Protection From Abuse

There are services available nationwide to help anyone who might be a victim of sexual abuse.

If you have concerns about an adult, child or young person who you think may have been sexually assaulted, please contact the police or report the issue to social services.

Services:

  • NSPCC – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • Child Sexual Exploitation
  • Barnados – UK’s leading Children’s Charity
  • SARC – if you are the victim of a sexual assault, SARC services can help you
  • Survivors UK – help victims of male rape and sexual abuse
  • Support Line UK – Victims of rape and assault
  • Safeline – Working with victims of abuse
  • Rape crisis centre – Find your nearest one