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Rape

Reporting rape is a big decision to make but your welfare is our priority.

If you did not give your consent to sex or were unable to give your consent, we would encourage you to contact us.

We will carry out a thorough investigation where we will ensure your welfare and safety is a priority.

Trained officers

We have a team of specially trained officers who will do everything in their power to treat you and your family with care and sensitivity throughout any investigation, court proceedings and beyond.

They will be open, honest, do their best to minimise trauma and offer support for as long as you would like.

If you’ve been raped, please remember it’s not your fault.

Regardless of what you might have been wearing, how much you’d had to drink or who was involved, we will never treat any type of rape as more or less serious than any other.

Your decision

Calling the police is your decision to make but we understand that not knowing what to expect may be frightening. On the next few pages you’ll find a step by step guide explaining what happens when we receive a report of rape.

You’ll also find a list of organisations that can offer counselling and advice and leaflets to download and read.

We’re not here to tell you what to do but hope the information is both reassuring and useful whether you’ve suffered a sexual assault or are trying to help a partner, friend or relative.

Reporting rape

Rape is a serious crime we would encourage you to tell us about.

We understand this is your decision and one you shouldn’t be pushed into but it’s important to remember that the sooner the assault is reported, the more evidence we’ll be able to collect to help prevent you or someone else being hurt again.

You can call us at anytime on 101.

If you do decide to make a report, we will do everything we can to make sure you and your family receive the best possible care and support.

Your welfare is our priority and we have 100 sexual offences trained officers working on a 24-hour basis.

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