St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) has worked closely with RASASC over a number of years to provide a comprehensive service to people who have experienced rape or sexual assault.
We understand that you may be feeling scared or frightened and that you may not feel able to trust anyone. At St Mary’s Centre our main aim is to provide you with information, choice and control about what will happen to you. We want you to feel comfortable with the decisions that you take. We will support you in your choice whatever that might be.
You can come to St Mary’s Centre whether or not you have made a report to the police.
When you come to the Centre you will be met by both a forensic doctor and a crisis worker who both have extensive experience and knowledge in support people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.
The crisis worker will welcome you to the Centre and take you into an initial room, usually on your own. This is in case you feel embarrassed about discussing issues in front of others. Our crisis worker will support you and explain what will happen and answer any questions or worries you may have.
When you are ready you will meet the doctor who will ask some questions before taking you to the forensic medical examination room, they will assess your healthcare needs as well as gather any evidence that might be used as part of the investigation. The details of the forensic examination will depend on how much time has passed since the assault happened. Once complete, you can shower and change into fresh clothing before you go home. The doctor will also ensure all your immediate medical healthcare needs are met.
Before you leave our crisis worker will check your details so that we can liaise with RASASC for any on-going support you might want.
If you are unsure about whether to make a formal report to the police, we can store your forensic samples for up to 7 years.
It is never too late to seek support following a rape or sexual assault. While we may not be able to gather any relevant forensic samples, we can still help with your healthcare needs and ensure your receive advice and emotional support.
You can call the St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre’s 24 hour helpline on 0161 276 6515.
If it hadn’t been for St. Mary’s and RASASC I don’t know where I would be. I was able to ring any time of the day or night and someone would listen, I would be believed. I was able to have the medical examination which gave some time ... My ISVA was brilliant and helped me understand that my feelings were normal.