This information pack is for women and men (over 16) who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
If you are under 16 or the parent/carer of a young person under 16, section 4 gives a list of agencies you can contact for information and support.
It has been put together using the questions which people who have been raped and sexually assaulted often ask. It gives information about:
• How rape or sexual assault might affect you
• How to look after your health if you are sexually assaulted
• How the legal process works if you report the assault
• Where to get support or more information
Rape and sexual assault affect everyone differently. How you react and what you decide to do next depend on what happened, the type of person you are, whether you have the support of family or friends, and the other circumstances of your life.
Whether the assault happened recently or a long time ago, whether you have been assaulted once or often, whether you know the person who assaulted you or not, and how safe you feel are just some of the factors which might also affect your response.
It usually helps if you have some idea of what to expect and how to get support if you want this. That is what this pack aims to give you.