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Reporting to the Police

Rape and sexual abuse are crimes. If you have been the victim of any kind of unwanted sexual experience then you have every right to report what has happened to you. Should you wish to involve the police, we can explain how to do this and support you through the process. You can also choose to pass information about the incident to the police anonymously. Or you may decide not to report to the police at all. Either way, the Lifecentre team is here to support you – from an independent viewpoint – in making that decision.

The following pages of our website will guide you through what reporting to the police involves and what the consequences of this might be. Please contact us if there is anything further we can help you with.

  • Deciding whether or not to report to the police

    Deciding whether or not to report the sexual assault you have suffered can be very difficult. We can offer you advice and support in making this decision.

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  • How do I report rape/sexual assault to the police?

    If you decide to report your assault to the police, you will be treated sensitively and with confidentiality. We at Lifecentre can support you through the process.

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  • Gathering forensic evidence

    If you have been recently raped or sexually assaulted then it is important that you preserve forensic evidence on your body as soon as possible by reporting to the police or to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

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  • Going to Court

    There is much support available to you in preparation for going to court as well as during the trial itself. It's good to be clued up as to what going to court involves and what the possible outcomes to your court case are.

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  • Third Party Reporting

    A third party report offers you the chance to report details of the sexual assault you have suffered, but without revealing your identity to the police.

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  • Drug Rape Information

    Drug rape is where a person administers a drug to another person, causing effects which make them vulnerable to sexual assault.

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