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?
- I can’t remember what happened so how can I tell the police?
- I suffered sexual abuse as a child, can I report it now?
- I don’t have any injuries will anyone believe me?
- Can rape happen in a relationship?
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.
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.
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.
The scars that rape victims experience are all different. Some may be emotional, physical or indeed both. Whatever the case, all rape and serious sexual assault allegations are treated seriously.
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.