Raped or Sexually Assaulted on Holiday

Posted 23rd August 2019

Rape and Sexual Assault can happen to anyone – anywhere, which means it can sometimes occur whilst on holiday too.

Sexual crimes are traumatic whenever or wherever they happened, but it can be especially difficult to know what to do when abroad and whether you are entitled to recovery support when you are back home.

Here you will find Government information for British nationals who have been affected by rape or sexual assault abroad, including how to contact the Foreign and Commonwealth Office:  www.gov.uk/government/publications/rape-and-sexual-assault-abroad-returning-to-the-uk/rape-and-sexual-assault-abroad-returning-to-the-uk

Whether or not you decided to inform the local police in your holiday destination or sought help from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, you have every right to access support to recover from the trauma of what happened.

Sexual Assault Referral Centres like SARC Teesside are here to help you to explore your options, we have links with local services that can provide follow-on support such as counselling.  If you did report the offence whilst abroad, a local Independent Sexual Violence Advisor could provide advice and support regarding the investigation.

Government Travel Advice pages contain the contact details for the emergency services in most countries. In the European Union, you can phone 112 for local emergency services.





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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