If your health is at risk call emergency services on 999.
If you are able to – get yourself to a safe place.
Is there someone you trust you can contact to help you?
Is there someone you can ask to stay with you or you could stay with if it makes you feel safer?
You may need to go to the casualty department at your local hospital to check there are no internal injuries.
Do you want to report to the police – 999. This is entirely your decision but if you do then the sooner you do it the better.
The police will usually come to you if you don’t want to go to the police station.
If you can, don’t shower or bathe before going to the police.
Keep all the clothes you were wearing at the time. These may provide valuable evidence.
Try not to disturb any evidence around the scene of the incident.
If you contact the police they will arrange for a forensic examination to take place. You can ask for someone to accompany you. Forensic examinations normally take place at the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), also known as Grange Park.
You may want to contact us for support and information.
You may want to consider the need for emergency contraception – The NHS website for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent provides more information on how to access emergency contraception services.
You may want to see your own doctor.
If you are able to, write down as much as you can remember about the circumstances of the assault.
It is never to late to tell someone what has happened to you.
You may want to make an appointment for the Genitourinary Medicine (GUM) clinic – a confidential service which deals with sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV. You can go to any clinic (it does not have to be your local clinic). The information does not go on your medical records unless you are referred by your GP.
Consider contacting us or another agency for support or counselling.