More than 7 Days

If you have experienced rape, sexual assault or other sexual abuse more than 7 days ago, we recommend contacting SARC Teesside as soon as you feel comfortable to explore the options available.

You might not have decided whether or not to report to the police yet. This might have happened recently or a long time ago. We want to ensure that your health needs are looked after and will not inform the police without your consent.

I want to report to the Police

You can still report a rape or sexual assault even if it happened in the past. Many people find it difficult to talk about sexual offences so it is not unusual for there to be a delay between the offence happening and when a report is made.

For some people this may be several years.

  • You can call the police on 101 or 999 yourself, or our SARC Care Coordinator can support you to do that here at the SARC, call SARC Teesside on 03333 44 8283 or complete an ‘online self-referral’ link.
  • If you have called us, a SARC Care Coordinator will listen to what has happened to you and explain how we can help.
  • If you have made an online self-referral, a SARC Care Coordinator will call you back at a convenient time for you.
  • A specially trained officer will come to speak with you.
  • We can offer you practical ongoing support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA).
  • We can offer you support from specialist sexual violence counselling services.

I do not want to report to the Police

It is your decision whether you want to report what has happened to you to the police or not.

You can speak to any of the SARC team to explore your options and make an informed decision based on that discussion.

  • Call SARC Teesside on 03333 44 8283 or complete a secure online self-referral’ link.
  • If you have called us, a SARC Care Coordinator will listen to what has happened to you and explain how we can help.
  • If you have made an online self-referral, a SARC Care Coordinator will call you back at a convenient time for you.
  • The SARC Care Coordinator will explain what support is available to you and help you to decide on your next steps.
  • We can offer you practical ongoing support from an Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA).
  • We can offer you support from specialist sexual violence counselling services.

Acceptance of Support and Privacy Information

If you decide to have support from SARC Teesside, your details will be stored on a secure electronic case management system and used to help you cope with, and recover from the impact of sexual violence. We will not share your information with anyone else without your permission, unless safeguarding issues are identified.

We will store your details for a period of seven years from the closure of your case. We will keep your information longer if you would like us to.

You have the right to:

  • Withdraw your consent at any time.
  • View any information held about you.
  • Request that any incorrect information is put right.
  • Have your details removed from the SARC system at any point.
  • Make a complaint if you are unhappy with the way in which your details are stored or used.

Graham Strange, Data Controller, Victim Services Lead, 0303 0401099.

The SARC Teesside support service Crisis Workers provide 24/7 support for all victims of rape and other sexual offences.

Female, 47, Medical Examination, Police Interview

Crisis worker support: 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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