What is rape or sexual assault
Sexual assault/rape is any type of sexual act occurring without the consent of one of the people involved. There are a variety of legal definitions of sexual offences.
Who is raped or sexually assaulted?
Any person of any age, class or background.
The assailant is often a known person such as a relative or partner, but they may also be a stranger or someone who very little is known about.
The attack may happen indoors or outdoors. The assailant may break in to the victim’s home, may be invited in, or may force the victim to enter their home. There may be more than one assailant.
Advice for families, partners and friends
Following a sexual assault, many people feel distressed and may find that it is difficult to cope. Supporting a partner, friend or family member who has been sexually assaulted can be distressing – it can be very hard to know what to say and do to help.
Contact your nearest Solace Centre for help and advice, you can find our contact
details here. In an emergency situation where you do not feel safe dial 999.
0808 16 89 111
NAPAC (National Association for People
Abused in Childhood):
0808 801 0331
National Rape Crisis:
0808 802 9999
The Survivors Trust:
0808 801 0818
01273 911 680
0800 2000 247
0808 801 0327
Refuge (Independent Sexual Violence Advocacy)
0800 221 8186
Safe (Support for Young People)
0800 133 7938
01483 456 400
0844 8030 240
The Truth Project
The Truth Project offers victims and survivors of child sexual abuse an opportunity to share their experiences in a confidential and supportive setting.
It is part of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, which was established to investigate the extent to which institutions and public bodies in England and Wales have failed to protect children from sexual abuse.
The Truth Project aims to give a voice to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, many of whom may have been silenced in the past. They are also able to make suggestions about how to prevent the same abuse happening in the future.
This is a crucial part of the Inquiry’s work: hearing from victims and survivors will allow the Inquiry to understand the nature and scale of child sexual abuse and to hear their suggestions for change.
The Truth Project has been designed in consultation with victims and survivors and their needs and wishes take priority. They are offered emotional support before, during and after their Truth Project session, they will not be contradicted or challenged and they are able to disclose as much or as little about their experiences as they feel comfortable with.
The Inquiry would like to hear from as many people as possible. In order to get in touch with the Truth Project please visit their website www.truthproject.org.uk or call the information line: 0800 917 1000, which is open weekdays 8am-8pm and Saturdays 10am-12pm.