The Willow Centre is a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) in Truro, Cornwall.
We support male and female victims of all forms of sexual assault and violence including rape, sexual assault, domestic sexual violence, childhood or historic abuse, sexual exploitation, sexual harassment, female genital mutilation and ritual abuse.
Our expert team of highly trained staff work across Cornwall supporting victims of sexual assault.
If you have been assaulted within the last 10 days, we will explain all procedures to you and help you to make an informed choice about your care.
At The Willow Centre we support males and females, from the age of 13 years with our forensic service, crisis support and our Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) Service.
Sexual assault can happen to anyone at any age.
You can expect to be believed and be treated with dignity and respect.
We understand how scared and confused you might be. You do not have to cope with this alone.
We are here to offer you and your support network, information and help. We operate a policy of strict client confidentiality.
Sexual assault has no boundaries and does not discriminate by reason of age, race, gender, sexual preference or social status.
We recognise that survivors of rape and sexual assault are often unable to identify these acts as violence which can deter them from seeking the help they need to overcome the trauma.
People often think that sexual assaults are only committed by strangers, but this is not true. Only 9% of recorded rapes are committed by strangers.
Sexual assaults can happen in many circumstances, including the work place, family, relationships, education, peer groups and social settings. Whatever your relationship to the perpetrator, if an assault has occurred, we will help you make an informed decision.
It is a common myth that only females can be raped or sexually assaulted. This is untrue. Males can become victims of sexual assault too.
At The Willow centre, we support young people aged 13 – 18 years and also the parents of children under 13 years.
Child sexual abuse is defined as any form of sexual activity with a child by an adult, or by another child where there is no consent or consent is not possible or by another child who has power over the child.
By this definition, it is possible for a child to be sexually abused by another child who is older or younger than the victim.
If you feel or know that you have been forced into a sexual activity by someone, but are unsure about what to do, you can speak to us at The Willow Centre or speak to an adult that you trust; perhaps a teacher, doctor, medical professional, parent of a friend or family member.
Domestic abuse includes the use of threatening behaviour physically, emotionally, psychologically, sexually and financially.
Sexual abuse is often a part of domestic abuse, it enables your partner or ex partner to assert further physical and emotional control further endangering your health and well being.
Rape and sexual assault are crimes, whether or not they take place within marriage or between partners or ex-partners.
If you are or was in a intimate partnership with another, they do not have the right to have a sexual relationship with you without your consent.
Adults who are elderly or vulnerable often find themselves isolated from people outside their care sphere so have no-one to share their anxieties or concerns with.
If you feel that you are being abused or are concerned that someone you know may be being abused, then call us for advice on what to do next.
Disclosure of abuse that has happened to your child is very distressing for any parent or carer. The Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) service we provide at The Willow Centre will be able to help and support you particularly during the legal and court processes.
We understand a vast range of feelings and confusion occur during these lengthy and difficult periods of times so we will offer the parent or carer exclusive support, which will be independent to the support of the child.
If you feel that you would benefit from this service then do contact us at The Willow Centre to discuss further.