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Rape Crisis England & Wales Helplines provides free and confidential support by phone and online chat. We are here to help...


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Solace Rape Crisis Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We are here for women, men in London,...


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National Domestic Abuse Helpline is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information by phone and...


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The Bridgeway Helpline offers 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We are here for everyone, adults,...


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The Havens are specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted, providing medical, forensic...


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Womankind Helpline provides free and confidential support and information over phone and online chat. We support women, men in...


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SAFENET Refuge Live Chat is dedicated to providing free and confidential support over phone and online chat. We are here to...


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Safelink provides free and confidential support and information over phone and online chat. We support women, men in Avon and...


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SAIL Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information by phone. We exist to help adults, youth,...


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The London Survivors Gateway provides free and confidential support over phone. We support everyone, adults, youth, the LGBTQ+...


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IMECE Women's Centre Advice and Information Line offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We are here...


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Opoka Helpline provides free and confidential support over phone. We are here to help adults, youth, women, men in England who...


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Stop It Now! supports anyone with concerns about child sexual abuse and its prevention, including people concerned about...


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Hull Rape Crisis and Sexual Abuse Services Helpline offers free and confidential support over phone. We exist to help people in...


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National Sexual Health Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support over phone. We are here to help...


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The Mix Crisis Messenger is dedicated to providing 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone and text...


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Silver Line Helpline offers 24/7, free and confidential support and information over phone and text message (SMS). We are here...


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You can talk to Victim Support Supportline fully trained staff in confidence (and anonymously if you prefer). We offer...


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The Salvation Army Modern Slavery Referral Helpline offers 24/7, free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We help...


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Outline Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support by phone, text message (SMS) and online chat. We are here...


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Lifecentre Helpline is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and information over phone and text message (SMS)....


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National Male Survivor Helpline provides free and confidential support and information over phone, text message (SMS) and...


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Childline offers free and confidential support by phone and online chat. We are here for youth in England who may require...


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The Royal British Legion Helpline offers free and confidential support and information by phone and online chat. We are here to...


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SurvivorUK Helpline Web Chat offers free and confidential support and information by text message (SMS) and online chat. We...


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Breaking the Silence Helpline offers free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We exist to help adults, youth,...


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The Survivors Trust Information, Advice and Support Line is dedicated to providing free and confidential support and...


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Forced Marriage Unit provides free and confidential support and information by phone. We are here to help everyone in England...


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NAPAC Supportline offers free and confidential support and information by phone. We support adults in England who may require...


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The Men Standing Up Helpline offers free and confidential support by phone. We are here for adults, the LGBTQ+ community, men,...


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Karma Nirvana Helpline provides free, compassionate and confidential support by phone. We exist to help everyone in England who...


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The Openness Project Helpline provides free and confidential support and information by phone and text message (SMS). We are...


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SEED Advice Line provides free, compassionate and confidential support over phone. We are here to help everyone, adults, youth,...


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The Dina Support Line offers free and confidential support by phone and online chat. We support people with a religious faith,...


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Muslim Youth Helpline offers free and confidential support and information by phone and online chat. We exist to help people...


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Premier Lifeline: The National Christian Helpline offers free and confidential support and information over phone. We help...


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Hotlines are available in England for the victims of sexual abuse, assault and harassment. It's free and confidential.

Regardless of whether you're a woman, man or child in England, if someone has used coercion, power or force to make you engage in unwanted sexual activity, you were a victim of sexual abuse. Sexual abuse is a form of sexual violence, which is any sexual activity without consent. Other forms of sexual violence are sexual assault, such as rape and unwanted touching, and sexual harassment, which is unwelcome sexual behavior.

If you’re struggling with sexual abuse, assault or harassment, there are 36 hotlines in England you can contact. Everyone’s experience is unique, as well as the path towards recovery. However, hotline volunteers could help you for free if you are experiencing or have experienced:

Examples of sexual violence:

  • Being kissed or touched without your consent or being made, by coercion or force, to touch or kiss someone
  • An organ or an object being put into your vagina (rape), or anus or mouth (sodomy), without your consent
  • Sexual abuse or assault from someone in your family (incest)
  • Being used sexually in a way that is humiliating
  • Being used sexually while you were very drunk, drugged, unconscious, or unable to say NO
  • Catcalls and whistles that make you feel uncomfortable or objectified
  • Being spoken to in a sexual way that you find offensive or degrading
  • Being forced or coerced to have sex without protection from sexually transmitted diseases

Effects of sexual violence:

  • Bursts of fear, anxiety, and panic
  • Feeling depressed and hopeless, with suicidal thoughts
  • Changes (either loss or increase) in your appetite
  • Feeling as if everyone could see what happened to you
  • Feeling edgy and fearful, especially around people who resemble the abuser in any way
  • Losing trust in people in general
  • Not being able to fall or stay asleep
  • An urge to use alcohol, drugs, or gamble excessively

If you have experienced sexual violence, your emotions and thoughts are likely to change all the time in an attempt to make sense of what happened to you. It can be confusing trying to figure it out all on your own.

Coping with the trauma of sexual violence can be even harder if you are trying to do it on your own. There is no right or wrong way to recover from the abuse. However, having someone to talk to in England can make the process easier.

If you feel like you might need support with your experience of sexual violence, try reaching out to a hotline in England. It's free and confidential.


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