Rape and sexual assault

Rape and sexual assault are types of sexual violence that can have a devastating effect. It happens when someone does not consent to a sexual act. Anyone can be raped or sexually assaulted by someone they know or a stranger. It can happen to anyone – women, men and children. It may have happened recently or a long time ago. It can happen once or often.

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A broad range of information is available from Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis. Here you will find:

  • Frequently asked questions
  • Factsheets
  • Information if you have just been raped
  • The law
  • Information for young people
  • Childhood sexual abuse
  • Commercial sexual exploitation
  • Information for family and friends
  • Information for LGBT people
  • Ruby Project
  • ROSEY Project
  • Support for reporting an offence
  • Instant message service
  • Drop-in service
  • Face-to-face support
  • Outreach support
  • Email support
  • Group support
  • Access for deaf women
  • Information for workers
  • Survivor forum
  • Survivors abroad
  • Strathclyde University Campus Support

Rape and sexual assault terms and court procedures explained available here.

Further information and support

Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis
Phone: 08088 00 00 14
Support via email here.
Workers can call the office on 0141 552 3201

Information and support for women and girls aged 13 and over who have been raped, sexually assaulted or sexually abused at some point in their lifetime. Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis also provide an outreach East Dunbartonshire service.

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Archway)
Phone: 0141 211 8175

Forensic examinations, testing for infections and emotional support. Archway can also store forensic samples to give you time to decide if you want to involve the police. This service is for anyone over 13 who has been raped or sexually assaulted in Greater Glasgow in the last 7 days.

Rape Crisis Scotland
National helpline: 08088 01 03 02 (6pm to midnight, 7 days a week)

A helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence. They can also put you in touch with local services for ongoing support.

Victim Support Scotland
Phone: 0345 603 9213
Monday to Friday 8am-8pm

Information and support for victims of crime.

Eighteen and Under
Phone: 0800 731 40 80
Monday-Friday 9am -5pm

Confidential support and information for anyone under the age of 18 who has experienced sexual, physical or emotional abuse.

Say Women
Phone: 0141 552 5803

Safe and supported accommodation and related services for young women, aged 16-25 years, who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse, rape or sexual assault and who are homeless or threatened with homelessness. Say Women currently provide an East Dunbartonshire service.

Scottish Women's Rights Centre
Helpline: 08088 010 789 (1.30pm to 4.30pm, Wednesdays)
Book an appointment in Glasgow: 0141 552 3201
Book an appointment in Hamilton: 01698 527 003

Free legal help for women affected by violence, such as rape, domestic abuse, stalking, forced marriage and human trafficking. Phone the helpline or book an appointment for one of the surgeries in Glasgow or Hamilton.