Updated: Feb 21, 2021
Seeking support takes strength and courage, and you deserve to be listened to. Below you'll find a variety of resources, some providing generalised services, and some more specific (for example for survivors of revenge porn, sexual harassment at work, parents of children who have suffered abuse and more). I hope these resources may offer some support to you.
Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre
ERCC offer "free and confidential emotional and practical support, information and advocacy to women, all members of the trans community, non-binary people and young people aged 12-18 in Edinburgh, East and Midlothian, who have experienced sexual violence at any time in their lives. This includes, rape, sexual assault, sexual abuse, childhood sexual abuse and commercial sexual exploitation."
ERCC also have a really great supportive and informative blog, for example detailing what happens at a forensic medical examination. If you are from outwith Edinburgh, you may have a similar localised service you can turn to.
Telephone Enquiries: 0131 557 6737 (not a helpline)
Rape Crisis Scotland
Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline offers free and confidential support and information. They offer support to anyone aged 13 and over, of any gender, affected by any form of sexual violence, no matter when or how it happened. They support survivors, as well as family, friends and supporters. Rape Crisis Scotland's helpline can arrange for free language interpreters, including British Sign Language, to access support if your first language is not English.
Helpline: 08088 01 03 02 (6pm - midnight every night)
Text: 07537 410 027
Rape Crisis England & Wales Helpline
Provides a telephone helpline service for women and girls who are survivors of rape, child sexual abuse, sexual harassment or any form of sexual violence.
Helpline: 08088 029 999 (open between 12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm)
Live chat service also available here
Helpline for survivors of sexual violence and abuse of any gender aged 14+
Telephone: 01273 720 110 (open Wed 12-2pm)
Email support service: email@example.com (will respond Mon & Wed 12-2pm)
Online resources available here
Women and Girls Network Ascent Helpline
Immediate, free and confidential information, advice, advocacy and support for women and girls (14 years+) affected by any form of gendered violence and abuse.
The Advice Line is also open to professionals who need support on cases related to gendered violence.
Telephone: 0808 801 0660 (Mon-Fri 10am to 4pm and from 6pm-9pm on Wednesdays)
Male Survivors Partnership
The National Male Survivors helpline.
Telephone: 0808 800 5005 (open Mon, Wed & Fri 9am-5pm; Tues & Thurs 8am-8pm; Sat 10am-2pm)
A confidential, one-to-one online chat service for men who have experienced sexual abuse either as a child or an adult. Also open to close friends and family of male survivors. Available here
Support for people all genders who have experienced sexual abuse
Telephone: 0808 800 5008
Supporting recovery from childhood abuse.
Telephone: 0808 801 0331 (open 10am-4pm on Mon, Wed and Fri & from 2pm-9pm on Tues and Thurs)
Revenge Porn helpline
Support only available over email during the pandemic: firstname.lastname@example.org (10am-4pm, Mon-Fri)
Sexual Harassment at Work helpline
Helpline run by Rights of Women
Telephone: 020 7490 0152 Mon, Tues & Wed 3-5pm and 6-8pm.
Helpline for non-abusive parents whose child has experienced abuse.
Telephone: 0800 980 1958 (open 10am to 2pm Monday, Thursday and Friday and 10am to 6pm on Tuesday and Wednesday)