Help after rape and sexual assault

For free and confidential advice 24/7 365 days a year

Call 0117 342 6999

When did this happen?

Less than 8 days ago?

More than 8 days ago?

your-choicesYour choices

I do not want to report to the police

  • Call The Bridge on 0117 342 6999
  • A Crisis Worker will listen to what has happened to you and explain how we can help
  • If you are 14 years old or older, you might be able to self-refer without police involvement, if agreed at a planning meeting involving social-services and the police
  • If so, we can arrange for our nurse or doctor to examine you to check you are ok and, if we’re in the forensic time-frame, look for forensic evidence
  • Forensic time-frames can vary especially for children and young people – Call The Bridge 0117 342 6999.  Any report of rape or sexual assault upon a person under 18 years old must be discussed with the authorities so the young person at risk can be kept safe.
  • Any report of rape or sexual assault upon a person under 18 years old must be discussed with the authorities so the young person at risk can be kept safe. We will store forensic samples for 2 years. If you decide to report to the police the samples can be used as evidence in their investigation

You can have an examination even if you have already washed, although there will be more DNA evidence on your body if you feel able to wait until after an examination

  • We will make sure that your sexual health is looked after
  • We can give you emergency contraception if needed
  • We will offer you practical and emotional support, including counselling
  • You can access sexual health, emergency contraception and other types of help even if you do not chose to have an examination.

I want to report to the police

  • Call the police on 101 or 999.
  • A specially trained officer will come to speak with you
  • The officer may call The Bridge to arrange for a doctor or nurse to examine you to check you are ok and, if we’re in the forensic time-frame, to look for forensic evidence.
  • Forensic time-frames can vary, especially for children or young people –  Call The Bridge 0117 342 6999
  • You can have an examination even if you have already washed, although there will be more DNA evidence on your body if you feel able to wait until after an examination.
  • We will make sure that your sexual health is looked after
  • We can give you emergency contraception if needed
  • After you leave The Bridge an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser can support you with the police investigation.
  • We will offer you practical and emotional support including counselling

I do not want to report to the police

  • Call The Bridge on 0117 342 6999.
  • A Crisis Worker will listen carefully and supportively to understand what happened to you, when it happened and what your situation is now
  • The Crisis Worker will explain what support is available to you and help you to decide on your next steps
  • The Crisis Worker will ask for your name and other details.  You do not have to tell them unless you choose to
  • If you do give us your name and contact details, the Crisis Worker will help to arrange any support that you decide you want
  • The support we can arrange includes sexual health care, advocacy and counselling
  • If you tell us that an adult or child is in serious danger we may be obliged to share this with the authorities

I want to report to the police

  • Call the police on 101 or 999
  • A specially trained officer will come to speak with you
  • The officer can give  your local SARC details and ask them to contact you to offer you support
  • The officer will arrange for you to complete a video interview. An Independent Sexual Violence Advisor can support you when you meet with the police for this interview. If you have not heard from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor before your interview, ask the police why not
  • Other support that your local SARC can arrange includes sexual health care and counselling

Here, no matter what

We know how hard it can be to tell someone that you have been raped or sexually assaulted. No matter what happened to you, where you were, or who did it – The Bridge can help. We’re here 24/7, 365 days a year.

You may be confused about what has happened, overwhelmed, emotional or numb. You may feel alone, angry, ashamed or frightened – these, and many other thoughts and feelings, are all normal responses to being sexually assaulted or raped.

Call us on 0117 342 6999. We will listen to you and explain the help that is available to you and support you to decide what you want to do next.

If you want to speak to us anonymously that’s fine.

It is important for you to know that if we have your name and contact details we may need to tell the authorities about what has happened because you are under 18. This is so that they can make sure you are now safe and help you if you are not safe.

If we do not have your name and contact details we are unable to pass on information. However, we can still help you to think about your sexual health, emergency contraception, how to get to safety and getting support to help you start to feel better. We can also explain what is likely to happen if you decide to tell the police.

Are you ready to get in touch? Call us on 0117 342 6999

If someone is trying to get you to do something sexual, possibly in return for gifts or money and you feel confused about it click here for advice by young people for young people.

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Help and guidance if you have been sexually assaulted, if you want to know how to support someone you care about.

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Ready to get in touch? We’re here 24/7, 365 days a year. Information on the ways you can contact our specialist team.

Experiences

The Bridge has completely changed my life and my outlook on life. I’ve come to appreciate my life I have now even after everything that has happened. I feel like a completely different person, and other people have noticed the positive changes too. I would definitely recommended the Bridge to other people, I feel like the Bridge is the silver lining to the thunderstorm

From a counselling client at the Bridge