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Sexual Abuse & Rape

If you have been recently sexually assaulted, please read the advice below from New Pathways - Reporting to the Police.

New Pathways 
01685 379310
Provides a unique counselling and support service to those affected by the trauma caused by Rape and Sexual Abuse. They offer additional services to children and young people who have been affected by other types of trauma such as bullying or the loss of a parent.

New Pathways is based in Merthyr Tydfil and has outreach posts in Cardiff, Newport, Swansea Central and Clydach Hospital, as well as projects running in both HMP Cardiff and Usk.  Can arrange for one of their staff to meet you at our office in Ystradgynlais - please call them direct.

Mankind UK
Support for men who have been sexually abused.

Survivors Trust

 

Reporting To The Police

 
For immediate support and information for those recently assaulted please contact
01685 350099

Alternatively if you have been sexually assaulted:

Try to report the incident to the Police as soon as possible (if that is the choice you have made) this may assist in the early capture of the attacker.  Medical evidence ideally needs to be collected within 72 hours of the attack.  

You should not wash your face, body, hair teeth or shower before you have had a Medical Examination.  This can destroy vital evidence if you do decide to report the incident to the Police.

If you have brushed your teeth, there may still be traces of DNA, so keep the toothbrush in a sealed bag, in a cold place, until a time that it is given to the Police or destroyed.

You should not wash any of the clothes that were worn; instead they should be sealed in a brown paper bag or if wet, in a plastic bag and kept in a cold place, a freezer if possible.

Any towels, bed sheets or blankets should also be sealed and kept in a cold place.

Any weapon used in the assault should also be kept and given to the Police.

You should gather any bottles, cans, glasses, knives, forks or other equipment that might have come into contact with the perpetrator, especially if the object has made contact with the mouth, such as a cup or glass.  Again these should be stored in a sealed paper or plastic bag and kept in a cold place.

Do not take any alcohol or drugs as this may lessen your credibility.

The choice as to whether or not to report the incident to the Police must be entirely up to you, you can choose to have a Forensic Medical Examination without reporting to the Police.

Please contact New Pathways for further information.