are available to men, women and children who live or have been raped or sexually assaulted within Cumbria. We are contactable 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. We offer a safe and non-judgemental environment which focuses on the needs of you, the individual.
Telephone: 0808 118 6432
If you are in danger it is important that you call the Police on 999 in an emergency or 101 in a non-emergency
We understand that rape and sexual assault can have a huge impact on both the individual and the people around them. We are all individuals and everyone's reaction to sexual assault or rape will be different. Be aware they may not react in the way you would think.
Being supportive, respectful and non-judgemental is the best way to help the person who was assaulted to cope and, over the long-term, recover.
Here are some tips on how you can help:
- Believe what they tell you. They may find it difficult to explain what happened in a clear and consistent way. This is because sexual assault and rape are traumatic experiences. The body and brain can react in complex ways resulting in memories that are confused.
- Ask them how you may be able to help but give them time and space to respond, and respect their decisions. Restoring their sense of control over themselves and their life is vital in helping them to begin to recover from what has happened to them.
- Reassure them that their feelings are normal. This includes feelings of self-blame and guilt but remind them that responsibility lies with the person who did this to them.
- Check that they are now physically safe and if not, help them to make arrangements to become safe. Tell them that you are there to help and offer information about The Bridgeway.
- Do not make promises you cannot keep.