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If it's a very recent rape

 

If this has just happened to you, you might be experiencing lots of different feelings. Many people feel scared, numb, shocked, confused, or angry. There is no right or wrong way to feel or to be.

 

If something has just happened to you, you might want to:

 

  • Try to get somewhere that feels safe.
  • Try to stay warm (you could be in shock).
  • See if a friend or someone you trust can be with you.
  • Talk to someone about what's happened
     

However you're feeling, try to remember this isn't your fault and you're not alone.

 

If you don't feel like telling a friend or family member yet, talk to us at Bradford Rape Crisis, or call the National Rape Crisis line which is open from 12.00 noon to 2.30 pm, and from 7.00 pm to  9.30 pm on any day of the year.

 

If you're in danger or need urgent medical attention, you can call 999 to speak to the police or ask for an ambulance, or go straight to your nearest Accident & Emergency (A&E) department.

 

If you're thinking of reporting to the police

 

It's completely up to you whether or not to report to the police. No-one else can or should make that choice for you.

 

We have specialist Independent Sexual Violence Advisors at Bradford  - ISVA workers, who can give you information about what will happen if you report to the Police, to help you make an informed decision.

If you do report, a medical examination will usually be carried out to collect any forensic evidence. This is evidence that can be gathered through scientific tests, like DNA from hair or swabs.

 

If you’re not sure yet whether you want to report to the police but think you might at some point, you can have a forensic medical examination at the Hazlehurst Centre SARC in Dewsbury.

 

They can store forensic evidence here for use in the future.

 

If you do want forensic evidence to be collected, try and go to the SARC or police as soon as you can, and within 72 hours if possible.

 

If you want forensic evidence to be collected, try not to:

 

  • eat or drink
  • smoke
  • wash
  • brush your teeth
  • change your clothes
  • clean up the place where it happened

This is to preserve as much evidence as possible.

 

If you have already done some of these things, don't worry. There might still be forensic evidence to collect.

 

If you do decide to change your clothes, put the ones you were wearing in a clean plastic bag without washing them if you can.

Your health

 

It might be very difficult to think about straight away but if you've been raped, you could be at risk of sexually transmitted Infections (STIs) or pregnancy.

 

We can support you with this, we’re here to listen.

 

Call our helpline to find out more about ISVA support.

 

01274 308 270

However you're feeling, try to remember this isn't your fault and you're not alone.