Frequently asked questions
Before you contact us, you may have many questions, so we’ve provided a list below of the most frequently asked ones to help you.
What is rape?
Rape is defined as the non-consensual (without permission) penetration of the vagina, mouth or anus, by the penis.
What is sexual assault?
Sexual assault by touching is the deliberate non-consensual and sexual touching of another person. Sexual assault by penetration is non-consensual, intentional insertion of an object other than the penis into the vagina or anus.
Is this service free and who is it for?
You do not have to go through your GP or any other professional to speak to us, you can simply contact us direct – our services are free.
Is the service confidential?
Yes, however there may be occasions when other agencies need to be informed, for example if a child is at risk of harm.
What to do if you have been raped or sexually assaulted?
If you are in danger than always call 999.
If you do are not in danger and do not want to involve the police then contact Bridge House.
- Save all clothing you were wearing at the time of the assault, unwashed and if possible in a paper bag.
- Do not:
- Shower, bath or wash
- Brush your teeth
- Disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
What are my options?
Bridge House will guide you through the options available to you regarding police involvement. There are no police officers based at Bridge House. However, if at any time you decide to talk to the police, staff at Bridge House can arrange this for you. If you decide that you don’t want to talk to the police, we can still offer you follow up care options.
Time to think
We can securely store evidence gained from the examination, and if you decide to report at a later date this evidence can be handed over to the police.
WE WILL SUPPORT AND RESPECT WHATEVER DECISION YOU MAKE
How do I contact Bridge House?
The Bridge House help line is not monitored 24 hours a day but does have an answer machine facility and all messages left will be returned by Bridge House staff to discuss your options and make an appointment at the centre for you.