NHS campaign to support survivors of sexual assault & abuse

The NHS has today launched a new campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) – specialist NHS services that offer specialist practical, medical and emotional support 24/7 to anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted or abused.

The campaign aims to highlight these vital NHS support services, as new data published today from an England-wide survey reveals that more than half of respondents (56%) who have been sexually assaulted or abused, did not seek help from any organisation or service after the incident.

Nearly half (44%) of people also say they don’t know or aren’t sure where to get help if they had been sexually assaulted, and 72% of respondents are currently unaware of the support available via the NHS.

If you have been raped, sexually assaulted or abused and don’t know where to turn, search “sexual assault referral centres” to find out more or head to www.nhs.uk/SARCs to find your nearest service.

Hope House SARC

Based at Hope House, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital in Gloucester, the SARC provides victims of rape or sexual assault, their friends and families, with access to emotional, psychological, medical and practical help.

Those seeking help and advice can do so by using the dedicated helpline which is available at all times out of hours for advice or self-referral, or they can get in touch via email.

Clients can access Hope House SARC via the Police and other professionals, or can contact the SARC directly to arrange an appointment, without Police involvement.

Contact Hope House SARC for confidential advice on 0300 421 8400, or visit our website: SARC | Hope House Sexual Health Services

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