Unwanted Sexual Attention
Unwanted sexual attention covers a huge range of behaviours from being touched without permission causing fear, alarm or distress, sexual name calling, harassment to rape and sexual assault. Unwanted sexual attention can happen to both women and men and happen between people of the same and opposite sex.
If you are receiving unwanted sexual attention, take action to try to protect yourself by:
• Talking to someone you trust
• If possible avoid being alone with the individual
• Think about your personal safety e.g. not getting drunk or walking home alone after a night out
• If you are being hurt or have been hurt talk to someone who can help you (please see list below).
Remember people do not have a right to hurt you and you to have the right to be protected from harm.
Did you know that most rape victims know their attackers and that most rapes take place in domestic settings i.e. houses/flats?
Sexual violence, including rape, is massively under reported to the police, with many victims of rape saying they don’t report it because they don’t think people will believe them. Rape and sexual assault are serious crimes and there are services locally that will take you seriously, listen to you and advise and support you.
Check out recent awareness campaigns on young people and rape in Hampshire:
Support Services & telephone helplines
Police – Emergency 999 or 0845 045 45 45.
Treetops: Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
Tel: 02392 210352 www.treetopscentre.co.uk
The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is available to anyone, male or female, over the age of 13 who has been a victim of rape or serious sexual assault in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.
Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Services
Rape and Sexual Abuse Crisis Centres across Hampshire provide a range of specialist services for people that have been raped or sexually assaulted.
Tel: 023 8063 6313 (Southampton) – www.sotonrc.org.uk
Tel: 023 9266 9511 (Portsmouth)
Tel: 01256 423890 (Basingstoke)
Tel: 01962 848024 (Winchester)
PARCS – Portsmouth & South East Hampshire Young People’s Service - Free counselling for people aged 13-18 who have experienced sexual abuse and/or rape call 023 92669519 or visit www.parcs.org.uk
0800 800 5000 (24hr helpline)
0800 1111 (24hr helpline)
Need some to talk to? Some to listen to you? Childline is free and confidential and open 24 hours a day.
0845 790 9090 (24 Hr helpline)
Samaritans provides non-judgemental and confidential emotional support to those experiencing feelings of distress or despair – helpline is available 24-7 365 days a year
The Survivors Trust
Tel: 01788 550 554
The Survivors Trust is a national agency that co-ordinates a range of counselling, therapeutic and support services for women, men and children who are victims/survivors of rape, sexual violence and childhood sexual abuse.
www.direct.gov.uk/spotteenabuse – parents find out more about the ‘this is abuse’ campaign
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