Rape and sexual assault

Have you been made to have sex when you did not want to?

Rape or sexual assault is a serious crime. It's really important that you remember:

  • it is not your fault
  • rape and sexual abuse are wrong
  • it should be reported to the police
  • there are lots of people who can help and support you
  • it's important that you seek immediate medical advice

You can contact your local police station or speak to your Safer Schools Officer or Safer Neighbourhoods Team - if it's an emergency you should call 999.

Or for more information visit the ‘How to contact us’ page on this site.

If you or the victim feel unable to report the incident to the police, you can contact The Havens, specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted. They can help you recover, physically and emotionally, from your ordeal. Visit their site here.

Why did it happen?

You might spend a long time asking yourself this question. There may be reasons, but none of them have anything to do with you, the way you behave, or anything that you did. There is absolutely no excuse for it.

Visit our ‘Get the facts’ page for more myths and facts about rape and sexual abuse.

No-one deserves to be raped or sexually assaulted

No matter who raped or sexually assaulted you, it is wrong.

  • It is an abuse of power.
  • It can be extremely distressing and humiliating, and is never the victim's fault.

What if someone you know or someone you are related to raped or sexually assaulted you?

You might even care about them, but it's important to remember:

  • there is no excuse
  • it's just as wrong as being raped or sexually assaulted by a stranger
  • it is very important to do something to stop it from happening again

What can you do?

There is help and support out there for you. This is a matter for:

  • the police
  • trained counsellors at somewhere like ChildLine on 0800 1111
  • social services
  • a specialist organisation such as The Havens - visit their site here or see below for more details

What else can you do?

Talking to the person is a good start, making sure they know you are there for them.

  • tell a teacher or an adult that you trust
  • talk to someone who is always going to listen, like ChildLine on 0800 1111
  • tell a friend

And remember, although it might feel really difficult, you should also consider speaking to us. You can contact your local police station or Safer Neighbourhoods Team. Or if it's an emergency and you are in immediate danger call 999

Getting more help

For more information about rape and sexual assault visit our ‘Get the facts’ or ‘More help and advice’ pages.

For other related topics, take a look at our section on domestic violence and abuse.

Rape and sexual assault

The Havens
A London based service for victims of rape and sexual assault. Their staff include specialist workers who help young people. The most important thing they do is to make sure you are okay, and to help you recover from the assault.

ChildLine is the free helpline for children and young people in the UK, Children and young people can call 0800 1111 to talk about any problem.

Victim Support
Victim Support is the independent charity for victims and witnesses of crime right across England and Wales. Their services are free of charge and confidential. Call the support line on 0845 30 30 900.