This service is for people in Scotland aged 16 and over who have experienced rape or sexual assault.
You can also be seen if you’re visiting Scotland. If you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted while you’ve been abroad or in another part of the UK you can attend a SARCS when you’re back in Scotland.
FMEs are usually performed within 7 days, depending on the assault. In some circumstances, a healthcare professional at a SARCS may decide it would be appropriate for you to have an FME after that time.
The type of assault you’ve experienced can also make a difference to how much evidence can be collected in an FME, or whether an FME would be helpful. If you decide to phone the sexual assault self-referral phone service, you will be contacted by a healthcare professional at a SARCS who will help you access the care and support you might need.
Learn more about what to do immediately after a rape or sexual assault
This is a confidential NHS service. Your GP, the police and other agencies will not be informed unless you decide to tell them or give your consent to have your details shared.
You can be seen by the SARCS that is closest or most convenient to you, even if you’re away from home or normally live outwith Scotland. A SARCS may be located in or near a hospital.