Sexual Assault

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is any type of sexual activity occurring without the consent of one of the people involved.

Sexual assault can happen to anyone of any age or gender. The attacker may be a stranger or someone you know, and a sexual assault can take place anywhere, including in your home or workplace.

Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don’t be afraid to get help if you’ve recently been sexually assaulted.

Help and support with sexual assault

If you have been sexually assaulted or raped there are free and confidential services available to support you.

You don’t have to report the assault to police if you don’t want to. However, it is important to get medical help as soon as possible, because you may be at risk of pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections.

If you get help immediately after the assault, try not to wash or change your clothes. This may destroy forensic evidence that could be important if you do decide to report the assault to the police.

For more information and support please visit Juniper Lodge.

Sexual assault support services

Juniper Lodge - Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC - Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland)
0116 2733 330

National Male Survivors Helpline
0808 800 5005

The Survivors Trust
08088 010 818

Jasmine House (Leicester Rape Crisis for girls and women aged 14+)
0116 255 8852

First Step (for boys and men aged 14+)
0116 254 8535

Galop (LGBTQ+)
0800 999 5428

National Ugly Mugs (violence against sex workers
0161 629 9861
0800 464 7669 (freephone)

Midlands Partnership Foundation NHS Trust Providing Sexual Health Services in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland. Services commissioned by Leicester City and Leicestershire and Rutland County Councils.
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