At The Sexual Assault Referral Centre in South Yorkshire we have specially trained staff to provide crisis support to anyone who has been affected by rape and/or sexual abuse. This includes crisis workers who are highly trained individuals who are skilled at supporting people at a time of trauma and crisis.
It is the crisis workers job to make sure you have all the information you need to make informed decisions about your immediate options. They will carefully explain the options open to you, including the process of a forensic medical examination, aftercare/ follow up and available support in your local area. Your crisis worker will liaise with referral agencies and are able, with your consent, to pass on information for the appropriate service to best support you.
A Crisis Worker represents you and your best interests and makes sure that you have the time and space to reflect on what is being said so that you can make an informed decision regarding your choices.
At any time, you can stop the process or change your mind about an examination. Your Crisis Worker will be next to you throughout your examination if you them to. If you want to change your mind at any point of the process, just tell your Crisis Worker, who will speak with other members of staff and explain you wish to stop.
Above all else, your Crisis Worker is there to make sure that you are treated with respect at all times