A new centre for people who have been raped or sexually assaulted has opened in South Yorkshire.
The Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) is a unit where female and male victims of rape and serious sexual assault can receive medical care and counselling.
It is hoped that those attending the unit will be able to assist police with their investigations, including forensic evidence collection.
The centre is at Rotherham Hospital and is one of only 12 centres nationally.
Until now, people reporting rape or sexual assault have been referred to victim suites at two police stations in South Yorkshire.
But the new unit allows the police and health service staff to work together in the best interests of the patient.
SARC manager Deborah Drury, said: ‘It is unfortunate that there is any need for this kind of service and unit, but we know that for a victim of a sexual assault, these one-stop facilities are more appropriate.
‘The centre will provide round the clock services to male and female victims of sexual violence. This facility is to be known as ‘The Isis’ who is an Egyptian Goddess known for protection. The SARC will be a forensically secure facility base that is fully integrated with hospital services.’