Grange Park, the Staffordshire Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for our area, is based in Cobridge.
It's primary aim is to provide access to a comprehensive forensic medical examination for men and women who have been sexually assaulted. The service is available whether or not the client chooses to report the assault to the Police.
In terms of the forensic examinations, a doctor will check to see whether you have any injuries and to make sure that you are all right. The doctor will explain what they are doing during the examination and if you feel uncomfortable at any point the doctor will stop what they are doing. The doctor may also need to take a blood sample but will ask you about this and not force you into anything that you do not want. The amount of time taken for the examination will vary from person to person.
The West Midlands Paediatric Sexual Assault Service (PSAS) provides a 24/7 'one-stop' open service to anyone up to the age of 17 who has been the victim of rape, sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.
The service covers the Staffordshire, West Midlands, West Mercia and Warwickshire police force areas. Victims of recent sexual abuse will usually be seen by the on call team at our Horizon Centre, Ida Road - Walsall.
For historic cases children and young people will be seen at Grange Park.