Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse can happen to anyone and involves unwanted sexual behaviours or sexual acts which is forced or coerced onto someone without their consent.

If you feel you are at risk of sexual abuse or have been sexually abused, then there is various specialist support you can receive.

If you are in immediate danger of sexual abuse right now, then please call 999.


Specialist support

Redbridge's specialist Violence Against Women and Girls service

This service gives support on all forms of sexual violence and sexual exploitation (including support to males). Contact 0800 169 7759 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm) or email redbridgevawg@refuge.org.uk. 

Visit Refuge website 

The East London Rape Crisis Service

Free, confidential specialist help for women and girls who have been raped or experienced any other form of sexual violence. The service is for women of all ages including young women over the age of 14, whatever the assault and whenever it occurred. 

Visit Nia website or contact 0800 160 1036

The Havens

Specialist centres in London for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted in the past 12 months. This includes men, women, young people and children of all ages. The nearest centre to Redbridge is Whitechapel Haven, near to Royal London Hospital. 

Visit The Haven website or contact 0203 299 6900 

Survivors UK

Support to male victims of sexual violation (both childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual assault/rape). This includes anyone aged 13+ who identifies as male, trans, non-binary, has identified as male in the past, or anyone who feels that this is the right fit for them.

Visit Survivors UK or contact 0203 598 3898 (Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 5pm) or email help@suvivorsuk.org


Useful links

Other MyLife pages: Local sexual health services, HIV and AIDS, Sexually transmitted infections, Contraceptives 

External websites: Hainault Health Centre, Loxford Polyclinic, Sexual health services in Barking, Havering and Redbridge, PositiveEast, freetesting.hiv, DoItLondon

Useful links to locate local services: Sexual health services near you, Your nearest genitourinary medicine (GUM) clinic or sexual health clinic, Find a sexual health clinic near you, Find HIV testing services, Find a pharmacy near you, Visiting a STI clinic