One of the effects of date rape drugs can be amnesia, or loss of memory. That means it’s possible that you won’t be sure if you’ve been assaulted. But if you suspect you’ve been physically or sexually assaulted it’s important to tell someone. Try to confide in someone you trust like a friend or family member.
You can go to the police or hospital accident and emergency department.
Sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) offer medical, practical and emotional support to anyone who has been raped sexually assaulted or abused. SARCs have specially trained doctors, nurses and support workers to care for you.
You can get help from a SARC by booking an appointment with your nearest one.
If you don’t feel able to do that right away, there are Rape Crisis charity helplines you can call for support and advice:
- England and Wales: 0808 802 9999 (12pm–2.30pm and 7pm-9.30pm every day)
- Scotland: 0808 801 0302 or text 07537 410 027 (6pm - midnight every day)
- Northern Ireland: 08000 246 991 (Monday and Thursday, 6 – 8pm)