Friday, 15 January 2010

You Don't Need to Handle Rape or Abuse All By Yourself

Rape or abuse isn't a self-help issue.  Anyone who has been raped or abused needs immediate help - and perhaps long term support. 

There are help and support centres all over Britain - and you can find many of them online by typing 'rape crisis centres' into your search engine - but if you can't find a support centre near you online, the easiest place to find help quickly is to get in touch with The Samaritans . You can call the Samaritans 24 hours a day. In the UK dial 08457 90 90 90. In the Republic of Ireland dial 1850 60 90 90.

Most support centres or agencies will advise you to contact the police, but most - like The Haven Sexual Assault & Referral Centre at King's College Hospital will also advise you that if you have not informed the police about your sexual assault/rape and are uncertain about whether to do so there are many options to consider, and that whilst you can discuss those possibilities confidentially with them, your choices and wishes will be respected.

The important thing is that you do get help and discuss your options.  This really is not a self-help issue.

Bill -

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