If you, or someone you know, has been affected by the issues raised in this project, the organisations and sources of support listed below may be helpful.
Rape Crisis Scotland
Rape Crisis Scotland (RCS) provides a national rape crisis helpline and email support for anyone affected by sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. Information about local Rape Crisis Centres, and the legal process, including a video guide to the Scottish justice system, can be accessed on the RCS website.
- 08088 01 03 02 (free number) every day, 6pm to midnight
National Advocacy Project (Rape Crisis Scotland)
The National Advocacy Project comprises a network of Advocacy Workers based in Rape Crisis Centres across Scotland. Advocacy Workers provide support and information through all stages of the Criminal Justice System, from before a statement is made through to the resolution of a court case. They can also provide support and information if you are unsure about whether you want to report to the police.
Scottish Women’s Rights Centre
The SWRC is a free legal advice and information service available for women aged 16+ who have been affected by gender-based violence. The SWRC website hosts a series of guides with information about legal processes and your rights when reporting the abuse to the Police.
- Helpline: 08088 010 789
Speak Out Scotland
Speak Out Scotland provides a support service for non-offending male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. SOS operates a telephone helpline service for support, information and signposting to appropriate services.
- Telephone or text: 07873258677
Information, support and counselling for men who have been raped or sexually abused.
Helpline for children and young people in trouble or danger.
- Telephone: 0800 1111
Archway Sexual Assault Referral Centre
Archway is a specialist service in Glasgow offering support, physical examination and counselling for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted within the last 7 days. The service is available 7 days a week 24 hrs a day for those aged 13 years or over. Archway can collect your evidence and store it in case you need time to think about whether you want to go to the police.
- Telephone: 0141 211 8175
Police Scotland has established a National Rape Task Force which includes Rape Investigation Units in each of the 14 local divisions across Scotland. They have specially trained Sexual Offence Liaison Officers (SOLOs) to work with those reporting sexual offences. To report to the police call 101 or contact the Rape Crisis Scotland National Helpline on 08088 01 03 02 (daily 6pm-12 midnight). In an emergency always call 999.
Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS)
The Crown Office and Procurator Fiscal Service (COPFS) is Scotland’s prosecution service. Further information for victims of crime, including sexual can be found on their website and through their Victim Information and Advice (VIA) service.