Will I be believed?

Posted 23rd July 2019

For many, it can take years or even decades to be able to talk about it.


It’s estimated that 20% of women and 4% of men will have experienced some form of sexual violence in their lifetime (CSEW 2017), though some people don’t receive support for a long time because they fear they will be judged and won’t be believed.

SARCs are a safe and sensitive space where you will be reassured that you are believed and you are not to blame. Whether something happened recently or many years ago there is support available if you feel ready to access it.

We will talk to you about the options available and will be totally led by you on what happens next. This may or may not include reporting to the police, exploring counselling or other services for example.


Call 24h: 03333 44 8283 (Teesside, Durham, Northumbria & Tyne and Wear) or fill in a Self Referral


You will find lots of information here on our website, another useful organisation to look at is Rape Crisis


They were lovely and made me feel comfortable. Out of hours staff were lovely as well. Talked to me and made me feel at ease and safe

Female, 18, Medical Examination, Police Interview

Brilliant, could not of got through this tough time without all the help from staff. Thank you for everything

Male, 20, Support Session

The staff are really helpful and lovely they could not have done more

Female, 35, Police Interview

Excellent, very supportive, listened and gave good advice. A massive thank you to the staff for being so supportive with my daughter and myself at this traumatic time for her. You do an excellent job.

Female, 47, Medical Examination, Police Interview
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