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Rape and sexual assault

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted and are fearful for your safety, always call 999 and get to a safe place. If you are not in immediate danger use the non-emergency number 101.

North Yorkshire Police treat all reports of rape and sexual assault seriously. Victims will be treated with dignity and respect throughout the process.

Advice for victims

Your case will be assigned to an officer (OIC) who will be your point of contact throughout the investigation. A specially trained officer will obtain as much information from you as possible regarding the incident. This may be done on a written statement or visually recorded on a DVD. They will explain the police process and actions to you. They will provide you with updates regarding the case including any bail conditions of the suspect.

Support is available through the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). Officers can refer the victim to the SARC Co-ordinator for a follow up call to discuss the range of support available. Victims can access support from an Independant Sexual Violence Adviser through the SARC Co-ordinator.

Save all clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault, unwashed and, if possible, in a paper bag.

Do not:

  • Shower, bath or wash
  • Brush your teeth
  • Disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred. This will help to preserve any evidence.

It is your choice if you wish to report your crime to the police and for this to be investigated. If appropriate, you can still have a forensic medical examination. Any evidence obtained can be carefully stored. If you later choose to make a complaint to the police, all this information will be handed over to the police.

Bridge House Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)

Self-Referral Service

Bridge House is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre dedicated to dealing with victims of rape and sexual assault.
If you are unsure about reporting the incident to the Police, you can contact Bridge House to discuss your options.

Bridge House enables victims to receive an informed choice, ensuring that early forensic evidence, guidance and support can be provided by specially trained staff. This enables a victim to make an informed choice about the options they have.

A referral to the ISVA (Independent Sexual Violence Advisor) and counselling is offered including referrals to sexual health clinics.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA)

After your initial contact at Bridge House the staff there will discuss the ISVA service with you. ISVAs offer longer term  emotional and practical support by accessing your needs.

Your ISVA will discuss all the options with you and will provide the support which is best for you. Should you decide to report to the police, your ISVA will be the link between you and the police investigation.

If you have been a victim of rape or sexual assault then call the police on 101. Alternatively, if you don’t want to report the incident to the police, you can access support and advice from Bridge House, North Yorkshire’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).

Support

Bridge House

Website: www.bridgehousesarc.org/
Phone: 0330 223 2642 (9am-5pm) 24-hour answer phone
Out-of-hours helpline: 0330 223 0099
Email: North.Yorkshire@mountainhealthcare.co.uk

Sexual health

For Sexual Health support and advice please contact the sexual health clinic:
Website: https://www.yorsexualhealth.org.uk/
Phone: 01904 721111

IDAS – Independent Domestic Abuse Service

IDAS is a charity that provides comprehensive support services to all those experiencing or affected by domestic abuse. IDAS works throughout York, Harrogate and District, Hambleton, Richmondshire and Craven.
Website: www.idas.org.uk

Rape Support Line

Information about rape and sexual violence as well as to provide access to information about support and services available to survivors of sexual violence. The Rape Support line is available Tuesday evenings 1700-1900 and Wednesday 1700-2100.
Website: www.idas.org.uk/rapesupport
Phone: 0300 111 0777

Rape Crisis

Information about rape and sexual violence and details of your nearest Rape Crisis Centre if you need support. There is also information for family, friends, students and professionals.
Website: www.rapecrisis.org.uk
Phone: 0808 802 9999