Sexual violence is a term used to describe any kind of unwanted sexual act or activity. That includes acts of rape, sexual assault, childhood sexual abuse, revenge porn, sexual harassment and more.

If you are a woman who has been affected by sexual violence or there is anything related to this issue that is troubling you, we can offer our support and advice on where to get the best specialist help.

Contact us on 01582 416783.

There is also lots of local and national support available. Use the resources below to find out more.

Local support                                                       

The Emerald Centre – Sexual Abuse Referral Centre (SARC)                                                                           

Support and practical help to anyone in Bedfordshire who has experienced sexual violence and/or sexual abuse.

HOPE Programme                               

Support for people over 10 years of age in Bedfordshire who have suffered rape/sexual violence at any time in their lives.       

Luton Sexual Health                                           

Support if you have been sexually assaulted within the last 7 days, or help with all aspects of sexual health     

Signpost Hub

Supporting those affected by crime in Bedfordshire

National support                                                

Rape Crisis

Information and support service for women and girls who have experienced sexual violence.         

Victim Support                               

Rape and sexual assault – What is rape?

NAPAC (National Association for People Abused in Childhood)

Support for adult survivors of all types of childhood abuse, including physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect.

Revenge Porn Helpline

Information and support for women who are experiencing intimate image abuse, also known as, revenge porn.

Articles and other resources

Rape Crisis: What is sexual violence?                           

Bedfordshire Police: Rape and sexual offences – information about crimes, the law and reporting to the Police Report a rape or sexual assault

People don't talk about it: Child sexual abuse in ethnic minority communities