Sexual assault, or sexual violence, happens when someone touches another person in a sexual manner without their consent, or when someone makes another person take part in a sexual activity without their consent. This includes rape and other forms of sexual contact.
People who have been sexually assaulted should attend a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) immediately for urgent medical attention, in case of STIs and pregnancy.
SARCs offer medical, practical and emotional support to victims of sexual assault, irrespective of age, gender, or whether the incident is reported or not to the police.
Specially trained nurses, doctors and support workers are involved in caring for victims, which includes an assessment and medical treatment.
Find your nearest SARC here.
You are not alone. Sexual violence affects 1 in 4 women and 1 in 8 men.