Sexual violence

Experiencing sexual assault or sexual violence can affect how you feel, how you think, how you behave and how you see the world. Everyone responds in different ways; there are no right or wrongs.

The most important thing to know is that what happened was not your fault.

You have choices and there is support available.

This resource has been designed to help you explore a range of self help material that is available. Some of it is specific to sexual violence and others include some material which has been shown to be useful in terms of recovery and promoting wellbeing.

Please note as with any self help material it can trigger difficult thoughts, memories and feelings. Remember to be kind to yourself, and to seek further support and help if you need it.


Rape Crisis England & Wales

Provides a whole range of information offering help and support;  including lots of practical resources exploring some common reactions to sexual violence and ways to cope


Rape Crisis Scotland

Provides a whole range of help and information including a section on frequently asked questions and a variety of specific publications including:

Coping after sexual violence




Healing from sexual violence

Nightmares and sleeping problems

Panic attacks



Sexual health

Suicidal thoughts/feelings



Survivors UK

Support, advice and information for male survivors of sexual violence either recently or in the past. You can access support online and there is a section of common questions and survivor experiences

which some people can find helpful


GALOP - LGBT + anti-violence charity   

Support and information for LGBT+ around hate crime, sexual violence and domestic abuse


Victim support

Provides support, advice and information around all aspects of crime, including sexual harassment and sexual assault- whether or not you have chosen/ choose to report it to the police.


There are two ways you can report something