Rape and sexual assault

If you’ve been the victim of rape or sexual assault, there are many different ways you can report it to the police. We understand it can be difficult as you might not be completely sure what happened or how to talk about it.

We have trained officers and partner organisations  who are here to listen and work together to support you in any way we can. Importantly, your information could help us bring the offender to justice and make sure you, and other people in a similar situation, are kept safe.

What is rape and sexual assault?

  • Rape is defined as the non-consensual (without permission) penetration of the vagina, mouth or anus, by the penis
  • Sexual Assault by touching is the deliberate non-consensual and sexual touching of another person.  Sexual assault by penetration is non-consensual, intentional insertion of an object other than the penis into the vagina or anus.
  • Someone consents only if they agree by choice and they have the freedom and capacity to make that choice. Consent may be given to one sort of sexual activity but not another. Consent can be withdrawn at any time during sexual activity and each time activity occurs.

I've been raped - what do I do?

  • You can come into a police station to report it or you can call us. If you call us we can send a specially trained officer to come and talk to you. If don’t want that we can meet you at a location of your choice. You will be referred to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre know as the CASA Suite. Here you can get the support you need and the possibility of a forensic examination.
  • What if I don’t want to report it to the police? – You can contact the CASA Suite direct during office hours. See the contact details below. You get the same care and support but you don’t have to make a police complaint. Any swabs taken from you will be stored for up to seven years if necessary, giving you time to consider whether or not to report the incident to the police.
  • If you are in immediate danger call the police on 999. The police can also be contacted on the non-emergency number 101
  • If the assault took place recently, if possible, save all clothing you were wearing at the time, do not shower, bath, wash or brush your teeth, try not to use the toilet and if relevant keep all sanitary wear.
  • Even if you have not done any of the things we’ve mentioned, do not worry, we may still be able to recover forensic evidence.
  • Please still get in touch even if your assault took place a long time ago. Convictions are regularly secured for sexual assaults that took place several years, even decades ago, it’s never too late to speak out and get the help and support you need.
  • When you contact us a team of specialist officers, who are trained and experienced at dealing with victims of rape and sexual assault, will help and support you.  We take all reports of rape and sexual assault seriously and you will be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Our officers will also introduce you to health and counselling professionals at the Care After Sexual Assault (CASA) unit.

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