Preserving Evidence of Sexual Violence
Get to a safe place - if you wish to report the assault to the Police, you are in danger or in need of emergency medical assistance call 999.
If you do not want the police involved and are not in danger, contact Horizon using the self-referral number 0808 168 5698. The phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
If you have been raped or sexually assaulted in the past 7 days we advise the following:
If you haven't already, do not
Shower, Bath or Wash
Brush your teeth Comb hair
Disturb anything in the area where the assault occurred.
Eat or drink. If you need a drink, make sure it is non-alcoholic, and use a straw if possible. Bring the straw and/or drinks container with you. Do not smoke.
• If you need to go to the toilet collect the urine sample in a clean container with a lid and place in the fridge with a note of the time and date and then bring with you.
• Keep all your clothing, including any underwear that you were wearing at the time. If possible put them in separate bags - a carrier bag will be fine. Don't worry if you have washed your clothes still bring them with you.
• Do not wash any bedding that the incident may have taken place on. Put in a separate bag and bring with you.
• If your attacker touched anything ie. a cup, chewing gum, clothes, other items - put them in separate bags and bring with you.
• If your attacker smoked, keep any cigarette ends- put them in a separate bag and bring with you.
• Keep any sanitary towels or tampons worn at the time of the incident or since - put them in separate bags and bring with you.
• Keep any discarded condoms from the incident - put them in separate bags and bring with you.
You can take these actions whether you choose to report to the Police at this time or not. If evidence is preserved it may be able to be used if you decide to report to the Police in the future.
In emergency always dial 999.