More than 7 days

If you have experienced rape, sexual assault or other sexual abuse more than 7 days ago, we recommend contacting the North East SARC Support Service as soon as you feel comfortable to explore the options available.

You might not have decided whether or not to report to the police yet. This might have happened recently or a long time ago. We want to ensure that your health needs are looked after and will not inform the police without your consent.

I want to report to the Police

You can still report a rape or sexual assault even if it happened in the past. Many people find it difficult to talk about sexual offences so it is not unusual for there to be a delay between the offence happening and when a report is made.

For some people this may be several years.

  • You can call the police on 101 or 999 yourself, or our SARC Care Coordinator can support you to do that at the SARC, call the North East SARC Support Service on 03333 44 8283 or complete an ‘online self-referral’ link.
  • If you have called us, a SARC Care Coordinator will listen to what has happened to you and explain how we can help.
  • If you have made an online self-referral, a SARC Care Coordinator will call you back at a convenient time for you.
  • A specially trained officer will come to speak with you.
  • We can offer you practical ongoing support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA).
  • We can offer you support from specialist sexual violence counselling services.

I do not want to report to the Police

It is your decision whether you want to report what has happened to you to the police or not.

You can speak to any of the SARC team to explore your options and make an informed decision based on that discussion.

  • Call the North East SARC Support Service on 03333 44 8283 or complete a secure online self-referral’ link.
  • If you have called us, a SARC Care Coordinator will listen to what has happened to you and explain how we can help.
  • If you have made an online self-referral, a SARC Care Coordinator will call you back at a convenient time for you.
  • The SARC Care Coordinator will explain what support is available to you and help you to decide on your next steps.
  • We can offer you practical ongoing support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA).
  • We can offer you support from specialist sexual violence counselling services.

Find your local SARC

The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Teesside provides 24/7 support to anyone who has experienced rape and other sexual offences, whether this has happened recently or in the past.

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SARC Northumberland Tyne & Wear opened in September 1991 to provide a free, confidential counselling, support and advice service for women (aged 16 and over at the time of the assault) who have been subjected to an attack of a sexual nature.

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The Meadows Sexual Assault Referral Centre aims to provide a sensitive and comprehensive service to residents of County Durham and Darlington who have experienced rape or sexual assault.

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Female, 35, Police Interview

Brilliant, could not of got through this tough time without all the help from staff. Thank you for everything

Male, 20, Support Session

They were lovely and made me feel comfortable. Out of hours staff were lovely as well. Talked to me and made me feel at ease and safe

Female, 18, Medical Examination, Police Interview

Excellent, very supportive, listened and gave good advice. A massive thank you to the staff for being so supportive with my daughter and myself at this traumatic time for her. You do an excellent job.

Female, 47, Medical Examination, Police Interview
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