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Stop przemocy seksualnej

Support for Polish-speaking people in Moray who are affected by sexual violence

link to support in Polish

Moray Rape Crisis has launched a new project, Stop przemocy seksualnej, for Polish-speaking people in Moray who are affected by any form of sexual violence.

The new project “Stop przemocy seksualnej” offers free and confidential emotional support in Polish for adults in Moray who have experienced sexual violence, whether this happened in the past or more recently.

No matter when something happened, or who it was, if someone has harmed you or made you feel uncomfortable in a sexual way, even if you are not sure, you can contact a Polish-speaking person in MRC.

What is Sexual Violence?

Sexual violence takes many forms and is any kind of unwanted sexual behaviour. It happens without consent (permission). Sexual violence does not have to be a ‘violent act’, however it is a violation of someone’s right to fully consent to sexual activity/contact.

Examples of sexual violence include:

  • Being forced, pressurised or tricked into any kind of unwanted sexual activity or contact (whether in person or online)
  • Unwanted touching or kissing
  • Forcing or putting pressure on someone to send or receive a sexual image, or look at sexual images or films
  • Doing something sexual to someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol or substances and unable to give their consent
  • Someone taking, having or sharing an image of you in underwear, naked or doing something sexual if you are under 18 or without your consent
  • Sexual bullying, harassment or stalking.

No matter what happened, it is not your fault

Whatever happened, no matter what you were wearing or how you were behaving, you are not to blame. If someone has harmed you, it is not your fault. The person who harmed you is responsible.

How we can help

Sexual violence causes people significant trauma and distress. If you have been affected by any form of sexual violence, no matter when it happened, you do not have to cope with this on your own.

At Moray Rape Crisis, we offer free, confidential and non-judgemental emotional support. These sessions can take place either face-to-face, online or by phone.

We support people of any gender, race, sexual orientation, disability, religious and cultural background regardless of someone’s immigration status and we are fully inclusive of trans survivors.

We listen, we believe, and we treat everyone with respect.

How to refer to us

You can contact us for support for yourself or for someone else in your family or someone you know, ask a parent, friend, agency, GP or college to refer you. Our referral form is in English and Polish, and you can download it here in English & Polish.

Moray Rape Crisis is a confidential service that is independent from social services, the police, and other official agencies. We will not tell you what to do or judge your actions.

Our normal office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Other useful contacts

You can also contact the Rape Crisis Scotland National Helpline, each day from 5pm to midnight, on 08088 01 03 02, or by texting 07537 410 027 or emailing support@rapecrisisscotland.org.uk. More information in Polish about the Rape Crisis Scotland Helpline can be found here.

If something has happened recently, you can contact the Sexual Assault Response Coordination Service (SARCS). This is an NHS service for anyone aged 16 and over which can offer healthcare and support after an assault. If you are unsure whether you want to report to the police, the SARCS service may be able to arrange for you to have a forensic medical examination without reporting to the police. You can self-refer by phoning 0800 148 88 88 (open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week). You can find out more information at www.nhsinform.scot/sarcs More information in Polish can be found here.

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