Frequently asked questions

Below are our most frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, please do not hesitate to get in touch.

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What does the law say about rape and serious sexual offences?

Rape is the intentional penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth with a penis without consent. Assault by penetration is the penetration of the vagina or anus with a body part or any other object, without consent. These are serious offences, and both can be committed against men or women.

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I can’t remember what happened so how can I tell the police?

If you are worried or anxious and you think something has happened to you, please talk to us. We will help to reassure you, and let you know what your options are.

If you wanted to report to the police they would:

  • Ensure you are safe
  • Make an immediate assessment of your needs
  • Establish the identity of the suspect (if known)
  • Obtain an overview of what happened
  • Ensure a member of the Signal Team, the dedicated rape and serious sexual offences investigation team are sent to support you and explain the process as soon as possible.

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I suffered sexual abuse as a child, can I report it now?

There are many reasons why people do not feel able to report sexual abuse at the time; however, the police will always investigate these sort of crime allegations no matter how much time may have passed since the incident happened. It is really important that you seek help as soon as you feel able to even if you decide not to report to the Police.

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Can rape happen in a relationship?

Rape within marriage and relationships does occur. Some people believe that sexual intercourse without consent of your partner is not rape. This is not true. If you are forced into sex by anyone its an offence.

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I was drunk and I can’t remember what happened?

Do not feel that you can’t come forward and talk to us. We will believe you and should you wish to report this to the police, the Signal team are specially trained to investigate these types of crimes and bring offenders to justice so you are safe. If you have been drinking or taking drugs it’s important that you are honest with us from the outset. This may affect what forensic samples we need to take, and may also affect how the Police investigate.

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