The Sexual Assault Center is a place where victims of sexual assault or rape can get all the help they need: forensic, medical and psychological help. At the Sexual Assault Centre, a team of doctors, nurses, police officers, and other care professionals work together to provide specialist care to victims of sexual assault and rape.
The Sexual Assault Center…
The help for victims of sexual violence in the Netherlands was extremely fragmented. After a sexual assault or rape, victims had to go to different addresses for a medical examination, vaccinations, psychological help, possibly filing a police report or other help requirements. That is no longer necessary with the establishment of the Sexual Assault Center. Victims get all the help they need here.
There are 16 Sexual Assault Center locations spread throughout the Netherlands. That means that every victim of a sexual assault or rape can get to one of the locations within an hour. See our contact page for a Sexual Assault Center near you.
The Sexual Assault Center is for anyone who has had a traumatic sexual experience (online or otherwise), irrespective of age, gender, identity or sexual preference.
Of course! The Sexual Assault Centre is there for anyone who has had a traumatic sexual experience. It can be especially difficult for members of the LHBTIQ+ community to seek help after sexual violence.
When you call us, you can expect the following:
Please remember, staff at the Sexual Assault Center are bound by confidentiality. So, we handle your details with care. It is also important that you decide what happens. We don’t do anything without your consent. And: you are not obliged to contact the police to get help from the Sexual Assault Center. In that too, you decide what happens.
When you have called the Sexual Assault Center and have an appointment, you will get the help you need.
If you make a recording of the conversation with your case manager and/or care provider, the following agreements apply:
You certainly can. You can make a donation to the Sexual Assault Center via: NL05 INGB 000 70 90 339 attn. Landelijk Centrum Seksueel Geweld, stating: donation. Good to know: the Sexual Assault Center is a Public Benefit Organisation.
Sexual violence is a term used for all sexual acts that someone is forced to do, undergo or see. Sexual violence can occur both online as well as offline.
Sexual assault means non-consensual sexual contact or being forced to touch someone else’s genitals.
You have been sexually assaulted when you have been forcibly touched in a sexual way or forced to touch someone else’s genitals.
Anyone can become a victim of sexual assault. It does not matter whether you are young or old, boy or girl, male, female or gender neutral. Anyone who has experienced sexual assault can contact the Sexual Assault Center.
Yes, certainly. Boys and men can also be victims of sexual assault.
When you have been sexually assaulted, you can contact the Sexual Assault Center. Please do this within seven days. We can help you best within that time frame. Even if the sexual assault was over seven days ago, you can still contact the Sexual Assault Center. See also the tips from the doctor, psychologist and the police.
Even if you are not certain whether you have been sexually assaulted, you can call the Sexual Assault Center for free. You can call on 0800 – 0188.
Yes, you could get ill from a sexual assault. You could contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD), for example. You could also get symptoms of trauma, such as insomnia, depression and difficulty concentrating. However, not everyone who has been sexually assaulted becomes sick or suffers with symptoms of trauma.
Rape involves sexual penetration of the body without consent. It is when someone penetrates your mouth, vagina or anus with a penis, finger or object without consent. These all fall under rape.
You have been raped when someone has penetrated your body with a penis, finger or object without consent.
Anyone can become a victim of rape. It does not matter whether you are young or old, boy or girl, male, female or gender neutral. Anyone who has been raped can contact the Sexual Assault Center.
Yes, certainly. Boys and men can also be victims of rape.
When you have been raped, you can contact the Sexual Assault Center. Please do this within seven days. We can help you best within that time frame. Even if the rape was over seven days ago, you can still contact the Sexual Assault Center. See also the tips from the doctor, psychologist and the police.
Even if you are not certain that you have been raped, you can call the Sexual Assault Center for free. You can call on 0800 – 0188.
Yes, you could get ill from being raped. You could contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD), for example. You could also get symptoms of trauma, such as insomnia, depression and difficulty concentrating. However, not everyone who has been raped becomes sick or suffers with symptoms of trauma.
Yes, if you are a girl or woman, you can get pregnant from being raped.
Online sexual violence is when someone has posted naked images of you online without your consent or they have sent them to others or threaten to do so. Online sexual violence also includes someone blackmailing you and demanding you send them naked photos of yourself, for example via an app, Snapchat or webcam. Online sexual violence also includes someone forcing you to perform sexual acts on yourself in front of a webcam.
Yes, you can also contact us if you have had a traumatic sexual experience online. Please call us about this on 0800-0188 or use our chat tool. We will give you information and advice.
Unfortunately, we are unable to help you with that. For help and advice in that case, you can contact Helpwanted.nl.
Stealthing is non-consensual unprotected sex. Stealthing is when you have consented to sex with a condom and the male partner removes the condom during sex without your knowledge or consent.
Yes, stealthing falls under the term sexual assault. That is because you have not given consent to sex without a condom.
You can find more information about the phenomenon of stealthing on www.stealthing.nl
A STD is a sexually transmitted disease. This is also called a venereal disease. It is an infection you can contract without being aware of it. Examples of STDs are chlamydia, genital herpes and HIV.
After going through a traumatic experience, such as a sexual assault or rape, you can incur a trauma. That means your experience creates problems in daily life. Some examples of this are: insomnia, anxiety, difficulty concentrating, nightmares and seeing flashbacks of the incident. You can get help through the Sexual Assault Center to process your traumas.
Yes, that is completely normal. If you have been through a traumatic experience, you may feel or act differently than usual. You may be confronted with a vast array of emotions, thoughts and physical responses. Everything you think and feel at this stage is completely normal. On this page you can read more about what you can do and what you can expect after experiencing sexual violence.
If you seek help from the Sexual Assault Center within seven days, we can provide you with the best possible level of help. Within that period, you have the best chance of psychological recovery, preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases and of securing any evidence. Securing evidence increases the chances of finding the perpetrator.
Absolutely. We will see how we provide you with the best help.
You can call the Sexual Assault Center anonymously. However, if you are a danger to yourself or others, we are obliged to ascertain your identity and enlist help. When you come to the Sexual Assault Center for help and treatment, we must record your personal details.
We handle your details carefully at the Sexual Assault Center. We will not share them with anyone else without reason. Depending on your age, we may have to inform others and request permission before we can provide you with medical treatment:
If you are 16 and older, you can decide for yourself, and we do not have to inform your parents or guardian.
You can always indicate a preference to be helped by a man or a woman, but we cannot always guarantee we can oblige.
It is free to call the Sexual Assault Center. If you come to the Sexual Assault Center for help and treatment, there may be associated costs. All help is free for children and young people up to and including age 17. If you are 18 or older, you could be temporarily compensated for the health insurance excess. This rule applies from 1 September 2020 to 31 August 2021.
You can contact the police, but you do not have to. Even if you do not want to contact the police, you are more than welcome to come to the Sexual Assault Center.
No, you don’t have to. You always have an informative interview with the police first. This interview is also called a notification of an incident. Two police officers from the sex offences unit will explain what it means if you do report the incident. In this interview, you tell them what happened to you. It is not a police report. After that, you can decide whether to report the incident or not. If you do, the police will investigate what actually happened. If you decide not to report the incident, it stops at the notification. You can also report the incident at later date.
If you come to the Sexual Assault Center within seven days after the assault, the police can carry out a forensic medical examination. This only takes place if you want it to. During a forensic medical examination, a forensic doctor collects biological traces of the perpetrator found on or in your body, such as hairs, saliva and sperm. These traces can support your report of the incident. It is important that you report to the Sexual Assault Center as soon as possible after the incident for the forensic medical examination. After a week, the biological traces of the perpetrator will have gone from your body.
No, you don’t have to. It is up to you whether you report the incident. The traces can be stored for a long time. That means you can also report the incident at a later date.