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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.

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The Topaz Centre provides crisis support for adults who have been sexually assaulted or raped, including forensic examinations and access to healthcare and follow on support.

Tel: 0800 085 9993 (24 hour) 

Web: www.topazcentre.org

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ISVAs provide practical, informational and emotional help for adults who have been raped or sexually assaulted and adult victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.  Help includes advocacy and support through the criminal justice process including reporting to the police.

Tel: 0115 941 0440

Email: referrals@nsvss.cjsm.net (from another secure email address)

Web: https://nottssvss.org.uk/contact/ (secure web based referral form)

Referrals will be responded to within one working day. 

The Survivor Support Service is included within the ISVA service and provides more intensive information and practical support to survivors of non-recent child abuse who were let down by institutions.

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ISAS (Nottinghamshire County only):  www.isas-notts.org.uk 

Nottinghamshire SVS Services (City and County):  www.nottssvss.org.uk

SHE (Nottinghamshire County only): www.she-uk.org.uk 

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EMCYPSAS provides crisis support, forensic examinations, short term therapy and access to follow on support including children’s ISVA and healthcare. 

Tel: 0800 183 0023 (24 hour)

Web: www.emcypsas.co.uk

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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