Rape and Sexual Assault

Rape and Sexual Assault

  • The Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 defines rape as 'penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth of another person by the penis without consent'. The offence covers surgically constructed genitalia, for example as a result of gender reassignment surgery.
  • The Act also covers a range of sexual assault and abuse, such as
    • Penetration of the vagina or anus by parts of the body (such as a finger) or objects (such as a bottle or a vibrator)
    • Being forcibly touched in a sexual manner
    • Ejaculating semen onto a person
    • Forcing or coercing someone to have sex with someone else
    • Being forced to look at pornography
    • Sexual harassment.

 

  • It is important that you try and speak to someone as soon as possible if you have been raped or sexually assaulted. This could be the police, your GP, sexual health servicesEmergency Department or Rape crisis. They will help you decide what to do next
  • Going to the police does not mean that you have to give a statement or be examined. However the police can advise you of what options there are.
  • If you have been injured and need emergency care you should attend the Emergency department.
  • Police involvement
  • You should report a sexual assault to the police as soon as possible; forensic evidence needs to be captured within certain timeframes. 
  • Forensic samples can be taken by the police doctor to be used as evidence in any prosecution.   
  • You should avoid washing any of the clothes that you were wearing at the time of the assault.
  • Avoid washing yourself and cleaning your teeth.
  • If you think your drink was ‘spiked’ or have been ‘drugged’, blood or urine specimens for drug testing must taken as soon as possible, really within 12 hours, this would be done by the police doctor.

 

Self referral for Forensic Medical Exam

 

Reporting a sexual assault to the police can often be a difficult decision to make and the forensic timetable for when samples can be collected means that it is important to act within 7 days after assault.  If you are unsure about involving the police you can attend Archway which is a service within the Sandyford Clinic in Glasgow.  Specialist nurses can obtain samples and store them for a period of time and this allows you time to make a decision about reporting to the police. 

 

If you were sexually assaulted in the last seven days contact Archway on 0141 211 8175 and a nurse will arrange an appointment with you. 

 

If you attend Archway a nurse from The Meadows in Larbert will contact you to arrange follow up for sexual health screening and discuss support services available to suit your individual needs. 

 

The Meadows

The Meadows is a dedicated service for adults and children who have experienced rape, sexual assault or gender based violence. It can be difficult to talk about what has happened, however, you can take comfort in knowing that at The Meadows we are dedicated to offering support which will meet your individual needs.

The Meadows brings together a number of services including experienced healthcare staff, specially trained police officers, and other services which provide support for people who have experienced trauma.

We are located in Larbert, a short distance from Forth Valley Royal Hospital.

 At the moment, we do not offer a drop in service, so when you report your sexual assault or rape to the police, they will arrange for a specially trained officer to bring you to The Meadows.

 

Sexual Health Services

You can contact the Sexual Health clinic yourself to arrange to come in, either ask to speak to a nurse or a doctor, or let the receptionist know that you have been sexually assaulted. We can then arrange to see you as soon as possible. You can get your GP or a friend to organise this for you if you find it too hard.

 

Forth Valley Rape Crisis Centre

Forth Valley Rape Crisis provides free and confidential information, advocacy and support to anyone, over 13, in the Forth Valley area (Clackmannanshire, Falkirk and Stirling) affected by sexual violence. This includes survivors of sexual violence and their friends and families.

 

Some more websites for information:

Rape Crisis Scotland in Stirling is currently closed -

Rape Crisis Scotland will be providing helpline and email services for Central region in the meantime and they can be contacted on 08088 01 03 02 any day of the year between 6 pm and Midnight.  Survivors can also email them on support@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk

 www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk -  0141 331 4180  

 

 

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