Staying safe after being raped
If you have recently been raped, you should try to think about making sure you are now safe and how you are physically
- If you feel you are still in danger and you have access to a phone, then call 999
- It may be a very emotional time for you and you might also be in shock, so it’s important that you drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated.
- Make sure you stay warm by wrapping up and not exposing yourself to extreme cold
- If you are physically hurt, if you are bleeding, bruised, swollen or have any other injury, you may have to go to Accident & Emergency to get the injuries checked out. Is there someone who could accompany you?
- Once you feel a bit safer, you might want to talk to someone or to ask some questions.
- You can call our help-line on 01698 527003 and talk to someone who will help you to understand some of what is happening to you
You can call the national help-line on 08088 01 03 02 between 6pm and midnight if our helpline is not available.
Archway is located in Glasgow and this is where forensic examinations in relation to rape and other sexual crimes are carried out.
You can make an appointment at Archway as long as the incident(s) happened within a 7 day period of making contact
Even if you have not reported the crime at the time, you may decide to do it at another tiime, maybe once you get a bit of your strength back.
If forensic evidence is in existence, it could be beneficial to the case, and it can be collected and kept at Archway for up to 12 weeks
If you are aged 16 years or over, and have not reported the crime to the police you can still get checked out at Archway. You can make an appointment by calling 0141 211 8175
Given how you must be feeling right now, it can be difficult to have any focus for any length of time.
However, it is important to be aware that follow up tests for the sake of your health, should be seriously considered.
If you live in Lanarkshire, you can access the services of Archway as above, or if you wish to make an appointment for sexual health screening, please call the NHS Appointment Line on 0300 303 0251 (Line open Monday to Friday 9.00 a.m. to 4.45 p.m.)
You will be asked for some contact details, but only if you are comfortable with providing them.
Emergency contraception can be made available, but this must be administered within 72 hours. If you are concerned about this, ask for more information when you call the above number.
If you find it too difficult to call, we can arrange an appointment for you, and we can be used as your contact for feedback and results from any tests you have.
Call the helpline for support on 01698 527003 or 08088 01 03 02.
More information here at NHS Lanarkshire Sexual Health