Reporting options

Everyone has their own ideas about whether to report to the Police. Of course, if you are in danger, the only way the Police can protect you is if you tell them about it. However, you should make an informed decision about whether to report or not. Remember that investigations of this kind can take a long time, and may not always result in a conviction at court. For many people, however, telling the police is helpful for their healing process, whether charges are brought or not.

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted, but are unsure about whether to report to the police, you can attend Juniper Lodge to discuss your options with a trained advisor. If there are forensic opportunities, we can carry out a forensic medical and store the samples taken without involving the police, to give you some time and space to make a decision. These samples are currently stored for 8 years before destruction. You can also access all other services available from Juniper Lodge, including referrals to support, counselling , GUM and Independent Sexual Violence advisors

We will discuss your options and help you to make the choice that is right for you, making an assessment of your needs and offering any emotional support.