SEXUAL ASSAULT & ABUSE
Sexual violence is any unwanted sexual act or activity. It can happen to anyone regardless of Age, Gender or Sexuality.
If someone intentionally grabs or touches you in a sexual way that you don’t like, if you’re forced to kiss someone or do something else sexual against your will, this is sexual assault.
If you are forced to have sex with someone, or someone has sex with you without your consent or agreement, this is rape.
If this has happened to you, it is important to remember that it is not your fault. No-one ever asks to be raped or assaulted, or deserves it. Rape and sexual assault are criminal offences, and the blame lies with the abuser.
USEFUL LINKS & CONTACTS
WEST MIDLANDS POLICE: Call 999 in an emergency. For all other matters please visit WMPolice Online:
DUDLEY SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT (SPOC): CALL 01384 455411 - it's a direct line to a range help and support services for domestic violence victims
The SPOC is a single point of contact for Dudley victims of domestic and sexual violence and abuse, including Forced Marriage and ‘Honour’ Based Abuse.
The number gives those who need help a direct line to a range of support services offered by specialist providers including refuge accommodation or additional home security.
The number is also be open to victim's families and professionals and helps people get to the right service as easily as possible as and when support is needed.
You can also now Text or WhatsApp on 07384 466 181 – messages checked 9am-9pm Monday-Friday except bank holidays (messages received at other times will be responded to within these hours)
DIRECTORY OF SERVICES RELATING TO SEXUAL ABUSE
This document provides details of specialist services for sexual abuse in Dudley borough.
It can be used if you know what type of support you or another individual require, however, we recommend that you
call the SPOC (above) to ensure that you receive the most appropriate specialist service.
BLACK COUNTRY WOMEN'S AID
BARNARDO'S BEACON SERVICE
Barnardo's service to support victims and survivors of child sexual abuse https://www.barnardosbeacon.org.uk/
Offer empathic services to support and inspire children and adults of all genders who have been subjected to sexual violence and abuse https://rsvporg.co.uk/
WEST MIDLANDS POLICE
Free, safe and anonymous online support for young people https://kooth.com/
SOMETHING'S NOT RIGHT
Information to help young people recognise different forms of abuse, report it and get help
THE WHAT? CENTRE
The What? Centre is a Young Person’s Advice and Counselling Service, on a wide range on issues, that has bases in Stourbridge and Dudley. The organisation also specialises in supporting LGBTQ young people and holds weekly LGBTQ+ groups for 13-18’s and another group for 18-25’s www.thewhatcentre.co.uk
MARIE COLLINS FOUNDATION
The Marie Collins Foundation work with children, families, practitioners, Government departments and industry to ensure the response to those abused via the internet and mobile technologies reflects current best practice https://www.mariecollinsfoundation.org.uk/
DOCUMENTS & RESOURCES
BLACK COUNTRY SEXUAL VIOLENCE SERVICE
This information sheet provides you with key information for the Black Country Sexual Violence Service.
WEST MIDLANDS RAPE AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE STANDARDS
Groups from across the public and voluntary sector in the West Midlands have come together to launch this set of standards for rape and sexual violence services. The standards set out levels of service and support that victims from across the West Midlands should receive and can expect.
MARIE COLLINS FOUNDATION
The Marie Collins Foundation has joined forces with the NWG Network to produce two new help guides aimed at reducing online harm