24/7 Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Line

Did something sexual happen to you without your consent? Or you're not sure?

No matter when or where it happened, we are here for you – at any time of the day or night.

❗ Please note that this service is for people aged 16+.

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This is not an emergency service. If you are in danger or need urgent medical help, please call 999.

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Who can contact us?

We are a service for anyone aged 16+ in England and Wales who has been affected by rape, child sexual abuse, sexual assault, sexual harassment or any other form of sexual violence – at any point in their life.

This includes people who have experienced sexual violence or abuse themselves, as well as their friends, family or anyone else who is trying to support them.

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How can we help you?

Our trained team of specialists is here to listen to you, believe you and answer any questions that you might have.

We can also share information and resources that might help you to:

  • Better understand what happened.
  • Work out what you would like to do next (if anything).
  • Support you through difficult times or when you feel like you can't cope.
  • Find longer-term support, such as counselling or another type of therapy.

How the conversation will go

What we talk about will be completely up to you and you don't have to share any details or information that you don't want to. The conversation will be private and stay between you and the person you're talking to (except in rare cases).

Not sure what happened to you or if it 'counts'?

This service is for you too.

If something sexual happened to you that you didn't want or that you didn't have the freedom and capacity to agree to (maybe because you were drunk or a child), that is not okay.

All forms of sexual violence, abuse and harassment can have a serious and long-lasting impact on people's lives.

We will never think you're wasting our time and we will never judge you.

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How to contact us

You can either call 0808 500 2222 or start an online chat.

Both options are free and confidential.

You will have up to 40 minutes to talk to us.

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You are not alone

Our specialist operators are here to support you as much as they can.

All of our operators:

  • Understand how sexual violence, abuse and harassment work.
  • Will listen to you and believe you.
  • Are human – you will never be talking to a chatbot or robot.

❗ You can speak anonymously to our operators. They will not be able to tell who you are and you do not have to give them your name or any other personal information.

Please remember:

100% of the blame for rape, sexual abuse and all other forms of sexual violence lies with the people who carry it out – never the people it happens to.