Often, reading about the experiences of other people or understanding the symptoms and feelings which may arise from an unwanted sexual experience can help you to come terms with your own story. We’ve compiled a series of resources and definitions which we think you might find helpful. We also share some stories from people we’ve supported in the past.If you have any queries about anything you read here or would like to suggest further useful content for this resource library, please contact us.
Opening up to a counsellor in person or over the phone may feel too overwhelming for you right now. There are other ways you can get support. Thrive is an NHS approved mental health mobile app full of wellbeing advice. It includes 100+ hours of content around mindfulness, CBT, relaxation techniques, screening tools, risk assessments, and more.
The app also provides the opportunity to have unlimited, confidential conversation with a trained Thrive coach. You are free to talk about any stresses or areas where you need support and the coaches can provide guided self-help. The chat function is available from 8am to 8pm Monday to Friday.
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Drug rape is where a person administers a drug to another person, causing effects which make them vulnerable to sexual assault.
A third party report offers you the chance to report details of the sexual assault you have suffered, but without revealing your identity to the police.
There is much support available for you in preparation for going to court as well as during the trial itself. It is good to know what going to court involves and what the possible outcomes to your court case are.
If you have been recently raped or sexually assaulted then it is important that you preserve forensic evidence on your body as soon as possible by reporting to the police or to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre. Read more below, including one survivor’s account.
If you decide to report your assault to the police, you will be treated sensitively and with confidentiality. We at Lifecentre can support you through the process.
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