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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. 

Visit the SARCS campaign webpage on NHS Inform.

How You Can Help

You can show your support by:

Stakeholder Toolkit

This toolkit contains the following:

This leaflet is also available to download in Arabic, Punjabi, Simplified Chinese, Polish, Urdu, Gaelic and BSL.

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.