Sexual abuse

Victims of rape and sexual assault

If you have experienced rape or sexual assault you do not have to cope on your own. There are services to support both men and women, regardless of whether or not the crime has been reported. These services recognize the barriers facing individuals to approach services and therefore will respect and believe you. You are not to blame. The person who raped or assaulted you is to blame.
If you need to speak to someone, phone the Rape Crisis Scotland National Helpline on 08088 01 03 02 (daily 6 pm-12 midnight).

Other support that is available includes:

Rape Crisis Scotland

Telephone: 08088 01 03 02 (Head Office 0141 331 4180)
Support for anyone affected by rape or sexual violence. They can also put you in touch with your nearest local service.

Sexual Assault Referral Centre (Archway)

Telephone: 0141 211 8175
Offers various services in the one place including forensic examinations; testing for infections; support and counselling. It can also store forensic samples to give you time to decide whether or not to involve the police. This is based in Glasgow and is for anyone (over 13) who has been raped or sexually assaulted in Greater Glasgow within the previous seven days.

Scottish Domestic Abuse Helpline

Telephone: 0800 0271234 (24 hour line)
Provides confidential information and support to those affected by domestic abuse. This freephone number doesn’t show up on itemised phone bills.

Scottish Women’s Aid

Telephone: 0131 226 6606
Provides advice, support and safe accommodation for women (and their children) who have been abused mentally, physically and/or sexually by their partner/ex-partner. For details of local groups see the website or phone the number above.

Victim Support Scotland

Telephone: 0845 603 9213 or 0845 303 0900
Advice and support for victims of crime and witnesses.

Information Pack

An in-depth information pack has been developed to assist victims of rape and serious sexual assault who are over the age of 16. This may be given to you by health professionals, voluntary workers of the police. The pack may seem a bit daunting in size, but it is split into different sections which you can look at when you feel the information would help.
If you would find it helpful to access this pack, please click here.

Easy-read Guide

Enable Scotland have made available an easy-read guide to support adults with learning difficulties who have been sexually abused.  A supporting booklet for family carers and support staff is also available.  These guides may be found here.

HAVOCA (Help for Adult Victims of Child Abuse)

email (support):
Provides information to any adult who is suffering from past childhood abuse. Website includes survivors’ forum.

TASC  (Trauma and Abuse Support Centre)
UK web based resource for survivors of the whole spectrum of child sexual abuse and for anyone involved in supporting them, including family, friends, therapists and churches.

Sexual abuse – support for men


tel: 01273 911 680
Provides one-to-one counselling, therapeutic groups and couple counselling to men (age 18+) who have experienced sexual abuse at any time in their lives.

Sexual abuse – support for non-abusive parents and carers of children who have been sexually  abused


helpline: 0800 980 1958
Mosac is a voluntary organisation supporting non abusing parents and carers whose children have been sexually abused, providing support, advice, information and counselling following the discovery of sexual abuse.

Support to prevent sexual abuse of children

Stop it Now!

helpline: 0808 1000 900 (Mon-Thurs 9am – 9pm; Fri 9am – 7pm)
confidential email support line:
Stop it Now! has a confidential freephone helpline for people struggling with sexual thoughts and behaviours towards children. The helpline will also support anyone with a concern, including the parents and carers of children and young people with worrying sexual behaviour, and friends and family worried about the behaviour of another adult.