At Horizon West Midlands we understand that the effects of rape and sexual abuse can stay with you for a long time.
We understand that you may be feeling a wide range of emotions including shock, humiliation, distress, fear, anger, guilt or helplessness. Below are some options available to you – you will find further information about these options given in the left hand menu. It is up to you as to what you want to do and what services you would like to access. Our staff can give you more information about these options and will support you in any of the options that you choose.
- Telling Someone: you may have been carrying the abuse with you and never spoken about it to anyone. It is important to try and take this step
- Reporting to the police: you can report rape or sexual assault to the police at any time, regardless of when the abuse occurred
- Sexual health: whether your assault was recently or in the past it is important to consider sexual health following an assault
- Counselling: This can be a way for you to explore your feelings with the support of a specialist counsellor who can help you deal with how you feel
Examination: In some cases it may be appropriate to have an examination to check for signs of old injuries