If someone has told you that they have been raped or sexually assaulted, it’s likely to have been one of the hardest things they have ever had to say. It may have taken them weeks or even years to feel able to talk to anyone about what has happened. Respect the huge step they have taken and the trust they have put in you.
Most people have little experience of helping someone through a traumatic event such as a sexual assault or rape, so it’s normal to feel unsure what to do. What is important is that you care enough about that person to want to help.
If the event has only just happened advise them to avoid washing and retain any clothing, bedding or sanitary wear from that time as this may be able to be used as evidence should they wish to report the incident to the Police.
If they wish to report the incident to the Police you can contact the Apollo Unit direct on 01709 832768 or if they are unsure you can contact The Sexual Assault Referral Centre by calling 01709 427327 which has staff available to offer advice 24 hours a day.