We want to start off by saying that all victims of sexual harassment, assault or abuse will react to the trauma caused by an incident in different ways. 

We want to recognise that there is no 'correct' way of dealing with the trauma. For some, dealing with he trauma will be trying to forget all about the incident and for others it could be talking openly about their experience. These are just 2 examples of a huge range of valid ways of coping.


National organisation offering support and counselling for those affected by rape and sexual abuse.
See website for local groups or contact directory enquiries.

Rape and sexual abuse can happen to anyone regardless of their age, gender, race, religion, culture or social status. Living with the consequences of rape and sexual abuse can be devastating. We believe that all survivors are entitled to receive the best possible response to their needs whether or not they choose to report.

This is the joint website of Women Against Rape and Black Women's Rape Action Project.

Both organisations are based on self-help & provide support, legal information and advocacy. We campaign for justice & protection for all women and girls, including asylum seekers, who have suffered sexual, domestic and/or racist violence.


National Helpline: 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30 & 7-9.30)
National helpline for survivors of rape and childhood sexual abuse, their families and friends. Provides emotional and practical support.

Helpline: 0808 800 0123 (answered by women)
Helpline: 0808 800 0122 (answered by men)
A registered charity that offers a freephone, confidential helpline to persons who have survived rape or abuse, however long ago the experiences were.

National Helpline: 0845 122 1201

Ways we can help

We understand the effect which male rape & sexual abuse can have upon those who are forced to experience it, and we're well aware of the traumatic process which it can set in motion. If you are a man who has suffered sexual abuse or rape in the past, you can turn to us for help. We have a range of support options to help you recover from your experience and put the past behind you.


Supportline: 0845 30 30 900
Our services are confidential, free and available to anyone who's been raped or sexually assaulted, now or in the past. We can help, regardless of whether you have told the police or anyone else about the attack. Our volunteers can visit you at home (if you want us to, and if doing so will not put you at further risk) or somewhere else if you prefer. If you don't want to see anyone face-to-face, you can also talk to us on the phone, either at one of our local offices or at the national Victim Supportline.

Help after rape and sexual assault. Sex facts, Advice and support, Genital Health and STI’s.
If you have been sexually assaulted, whether as an adult or a young person, it is important to remember that it wasn't your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don't be afraid to get help.



The resources and support groups listed on this page have been listed from the Everyone's Invited page on how to 'Find Help'.