If it happened a while ago

First Steps

  • However you are feeling, try to remember this isn’t your fault and you’re not alone.
  • It’s completely up to you whether or not to report to the police. No-one else can or should make that choice for you.
  • You can speak to one of our ISVAs who will explain your option and give you the information needed for you to make a decision 

If you're thinking of reporting to the police

  • There is no time limit on which to report a rape or sexual assault to the police.
    •  Many people find it difficult to talk about sexual offences so it is not unusual for there to be a delay between the offence happening and when a report is made.
  • You can call the police on 999 or 101 to start the process
    • A specially trained officer can come to speak with you. (Click here for more info about the police investigation)
  • An ISVA can be assigned to you
    • they will support you through the whole process, can explain what happens next and answer any questions you have. 
    • Click here for more information on ISVAs

If you don't want to report to the police

  • It is your decision whether you want to report what has happened to you to the police or not.
    • You can speak to an ISVA about your options
  • We can refer you to specialist counselling or our support groups if you need to talk.