You can report sexual assault offenders to the police, which may result in them being charged and taken to court.
Support provided by the police includes:
- Legal definitions of rape and sexual assault
- Advice on how to report rape and sexual assault
- Reporting rape and sexual assault
- Support for victims of rape and sexual assault
How they can help
The police are concerned with bringing offenders to justice. Trained officers and partner organisations can support you through the process of formally reporting rape or sexual assault.
Good to know
Please remember that reporting an incident to the police is not an anonymous process. If the police charge the offender, it is likely that you will be asked to provide evidence in court.
You do not need to make an appointment to visit a police station, report a crime online or to call 101. It is free to report a crime online or in person but it will cost you 15 pence to call to 101.
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To report a case of rape or sexual assault to the police:
- Report the incident online using the online crime reporting service. An officer will get back to you within 48 hours.
- Call 101, the non-emergency police helpline, which is available 24 hours a day. You can also use this number to seek advice.
- Visit a police station if you would like to talk to someone in a safe and comfortable environment.
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