Re-launch of ‘Turn to SARCS’ Campaign
SARCS (Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service) is a dedicated NHS service which offers healthcare and support following rape or sexual assault.
A re-run of the Turn to SARCS campaign is live this month, consisting of outdoor, digital, search and social media advertising supported by PR activity.
SARCS offer a self-referral service, meaning that anyone aged 16 or over can access healthcare and request a forensic medical examination in the days following an assault, without first having to make a report to the police.
Across Scotland, SARCS will look after people's immediate healthcare and wellbeing needs and can support people to have a forensic medical examination if appropriate, subject to professional judgement. This includes collecting certain forensic evidence (which can be kept for up to 26 months) should they want to report to the police at a later date.
How You Can Help
You can show your support by:
- Sharing the campaign images and videos via your social channels
- Circulating the Stakeholder Toolkit with relevant contacts
- Displaying and distributing the leaflets and posters
- Re-sharing content via the Healthier Scotland Facebook page to your audiences
This toolkit contains the following:
- Campaign key messages
- Example social posts and assets
- Social media images
- Two videos with health professionals explaining what the service is and its importance
- Posters (please note these work best in private, safe spaces, e.g. changing rooms and toilets)
- Leaflet and accessible options (Easy Read, Large Format and Audio with Braille options available upon request)
If you have any questions on any of the above, please do get in touch. Your support is invaluable in helping us continue to spread the message of this important service.