Medical care after sexual assault

Republic of Ireland

In the Republic of Ireland Sexual Assault Treatment Unit (SATUs) provide specialist care for women and men who have recently been sexually assaulted or raped. There are six SATUs. All SATU services are free of charge. If you do not speak English, translation services can be arranged.

SATUs are non-judgemental towards sex workers. If you have experienced unwanted sexual contact of any kind you can attend a SATU and receive medical care and psychological support in a confidential and supportive environment.

SATUs can provide treatment such as emergency contraception and medication to reduce the possibility of developing sexually transmitted infections, including Chlamydia prophylaxis, Hepatitis B vaccination and risk assessment for HIV Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP).

SATUs will support you if you want to report the incident to the Gardaí (police) but you can equally choose not to report the incident to the Gardaí.

We provide detailed information and up to date contact details and opening hours for all SATUs within our Support Services directory (only available to logged in members).  You can also read about SATUs on the HSE website here: https://hse.ie/satu/

Northern Ireland

Opened in 2013, The Rowan is the Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) for Northern Ireland. SARCs provide services to victims/survivors of rape or sexual assault regardless of whether the survivor/victim chooses to reports the offence to the police or not. UglyMugs.ie has visited The Rowan and can assure sex workers it is sex worker friendly. Translation services are available if English is not your first language.

The Rowan offers a range of support and services for all genders. The Rowan supports people who have experienced sexual violence or abuse recently or in the past. They have a team of specialist and dedicated staff who understand the impact sexual violence and abuse can have on people’s lives. They are here to support you. Their services include medical examination, emergency contraception, sexual health screening and referrals onto counselling services.

They can support you in contacting the PSNI (police) if you choose. You are not obliged to report to the police. The Rowan will support you either way. If you need assistance or advice you can call their helpline and all calls are treated professionally and in confidence.

We provide detailed information and up to date contact details and opening hours for The Rowan within our Support Services directory (only available to logged in members).  You can also visit The Rowan website here: http://therowan.net/

Scotland

The Archway Sexual Assault Referral Centre is for anyone in the greater Glasgow area who has been raped or sexually assaulted within the previous seven days.  The Archway is a specialist service made up of a team of experts experienced in caring for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted.  The Archway offers various medical services including testing for infections.  Emotional support, counselling and follow-up care are also available.   You can use any of the Archway's services without involving the police.  The Archway can store forensic samples to give you time to decide whether or not to report to the police, or, if you agree, it can pass samples anonymously to the police for testing.  All services are confidential.

We provide detailed information and up to date contact details and opening hours for The Archway within our Support Services directory (only available to logged in members).  You can also visit The Archway website here: http://archway.sandyford.org

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