If you’ve been the victim of rape or sexual assault, please report it as soon as possible. Even if you’re not 100 per cent sure, we’d sooner hear from you so that we can make sure you’re safe. If you’re not ready to talk to the police just yet, that’s OK. Below you can find a range of places to get support, advice and medical help.

Victim Support

Victim Support is a national charity dedicated to helping anyone affected by crime – not just victims and witnesses, but friends, family and anyone else caught up in the aftermath.

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs)

Independent Sexual Violence Advisors (ISVAs) work with people who have experienced sexual violence to get them access to the services they need. They provide impartial advice on all the options available such as reporting to police, the criminal justice process, accessing sexual assault referral centres (SARCs), seeking support from specialist sexual violence organisations and other services such as housing or benefits.

Find your local sexual assault referral centre.

More local help

The Saturn Centre

The Saturn Centre in Crawley provides support to men and women in Sussex who have been victim to sexual assault. The Centre can provide such immediate support to victims as:

  • a forensic medical examination
  • emergency contraception
  • emotional support


The Centre also provide ongoing support to all victims of sexual assault including counselling and support through criminal proceedings.

Sussex Police work closely with the Saturn Centre; if you need support straight away, your dedicated SOIT will take you there and stay with you.

Life Centre

Life Centre is a Sussex-based charity offering support and counselling to survivors of rape and sexual assault.

Rape Crisis Surrey and Sussex

Rape Crisis Surrey and Sussex supports women and girls aged 13 and older who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.

Other useful links

The charities, groups and organisations below can also provide specialist information and support.

Rape Crisis
A national charity offering confidential help, advice and a range of Rape Crisis Centres around the UK.

Galop
A national charity providing advice and support to members of the LGBT community.

Survivors UK 
A national charity supporting men who have been raped or sexually assaulted.

Crimestoppers
A national charity with a free helpline for reporting crime anonymously.

Refuge
Refuge supports women, children and men with a range of services, including refuges, independent advocacy, community outreach and culturally specific services.

Women's Aid
Women’s Aid is a national charity working to end domestic abuse against women and children.

Men's Advice Line
Confidential helpline for men experiencing domestic violence from a partner or ex-partner (or from other family members).