Sexual violence is any type of sexual act that a person does not agree to. It can range from flashing and unwanted touching to sexual abuse and rape. No matter what a person was doing, where they were, what they were wearing or if they'd been drinking or were under the influence of drugs, they were not 'asking for it' or allowing themselves to be raped or sexually assaulted. No one deserves to experience sexual violence. The responsibility for sexual violence always lies with the offender.
There is no right or wrong way to respond in situations of sexual attack. Common feelings after rape or sexual assault include self-blame, guilt, fear, anxiety, shame and anger.
SOLACE Centre – Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Solace is a place where you can come and talk in total confidence about the experience and receive much needed care and support from understanding professionals. Their services are available for women, men and children. They can provide help whether the police are involved or not. You have done nothing wrong or anything to be ashamed of. So please don’t feel you have to carry on silently and bear it.
The Solace Centre is able to:
- Perform a forensic examination by a specialist forensic doctor
- Provide crisis support at your initial visit and arrange follow up appointments
- Provide telephone advice
- Provide independent advocacy and support with practical matters
- Introduce other support services, for example Rape Crisis and Victim Support
Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVA)
The ISVA is there to make sure that victims of sexual abuse have the best possible practical advice on what counselling and other services are available to them, on the process involved in reporting a crime to the police, and on taking their case through the criminal justice process, should they choose to do so.
If you have experienced Sexual Violence you can contact the ISVAs directly by contacting:
The local Rape Crisis Centre’s work with female survivors of rape and sexual assault at whatever time in their life it occurred, and whether or not they intend to report the crime. They are supportive to male survivors and signpost them to
organisations which work with men.
- Helps men who have been sexually violated at any point in their lives and also provides support for their families
- Values being transparent in its every day operation and communication
- Believes in nurturing, supporting and motivating our colleagues and clients to develop and grow
is non-judgmental - we believe and accept people’s experiences and the impacts of those experiences