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Supporting victims of rape and sexual assault

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Why me? Why have I been raped?

Rape can happen to anyone.Some victims mistakenly think they are to blame, or fear they won't be taken seriously by police or that their integrity will be questioned. Others remain silent out of fear of repercussions from their attacker.

We take all reports of rape and sexual assault extremely seriously and you will be treated with sensitivity, compassion and respect.

We know it will be difficult for you to call us, but you should do so in the knowledge that we can offer you professional support.

Watch this video "Look what you did" below. Based on real experiences, it is a short film highlighting the work of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in helping three victims of rape and sexual assault.

The film follows the journey the victims took and the difficulties they faced following the assault.

Produced by Norfolk and Suffolk Constabulary, the film encourages victims to contact their local Sexual Assault Referral centre which has helped many people to rebuild their life and confidence

How to report this

In an emergency

Please call 999 immediately.

In any other situation

Please call the 101 non-emergency number.

A Nottinghamshire-based charity which offers help to men and women who suffered sexual abuse as a child. 

Tel: 01636 610 314 or 07852 354 804

Email: enquiries@isas-notts.org.uk

Nottingham Rape Crisis offers counselling to female survivors of rape and sexual abuse. 

Tel: 0115 9410 440

The Topaz Centre provides a multi-agency support to survivors of rape and sexual assault in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Victims will be provided with advice on the options that are available to them and receive healthcare support in terms of sexual health screening and access to a counseling service. 

Tel: 0845 600 15 88 

Email: topazsupport@nottssvss.org.uk

Offers emotional support for people who are experiencing feelings of distress or despair. Open 24 hours a day. 

Tel: 116 123 - this number is free to call from landlines, mobiles and payphones and does not display on phone bills.

Our 24 hour domestic and Sexual Violence Helpline offers support to women, teenage girls and children who have been affected by domestic or sexual abuse. Available 365 days a year, the Helpline can give support, help and information over the phone. WAIS also have a range of services to provide further one to one and group support. 

Our Helpline is staffed by fully trained female support workers and volunteers and all calls are confidential and free to call from the UK. Translation facilities are available for callers whose first language is not English and we have a service for callers who are deaf or hard of hearing. The Helpline is also here for family, friends, colleagues and others calling on their behalf.

Tel: 0808 800 0340

Email: enquiries@wais.or.uk

At Nottinghamshire Victim CARE we recognise people have different needs when trying to cope and recover from the impact of crime. Our service is free, confidential and completely independent. It is open to all residents of Nottinghamshire and you do not need to report the incident or crime to the police to get help.

We believe every single victim has a right to be heard and their needs looked after. We recognise that experiencing a hate incident or a hate crime can be a particularly frightening experience as you have been targeted because of who you are (or who your attacker thinks you are).

We provide a service that offers as much time as you need to recover. We will listen to you in confidence and can provide information, practical help (for example, advocacy with police and other agencies) and guidance. You will be offered a dedicated caseworker to support you for as long as you need.

We can help you to cope with the emotional effects of hate incidents and hate crimes as well as support you and other members of your family. We can give you information about the police and court procedures as well as support you with your dealings with other agencies.

Our mission is to provide whatever support you need to help you cope and recover from your ordeal.

Email: admin@nottsvictimcare.org.uk

Call: 0800 304 7575 (free phone number - lines are open between 8am and 8pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am and 5pm on Saturdays)

Twitter: @NottsVictimCare

Facebook: www.facebook.com/NottsVictimCare