A step by step guide for
Rape and Sexual Assault victims.
Dial 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.
Text dial 18001 101.
Alternatively, you can talk to Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Hiding your visit to this site
We understand that the content on this site is of a highly sensitive nature, and you may be concerned about someone seeing you visiting this site, or able to discover your viewing of the site at a later date using the browser's history. Below is our advice on how you can protect yourself during and after visiting this site.
Whilst using the site
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You can also close the browser window using your keyboard. On Windows press the 'Alt' and 'F4' keys, and on Apple OS press the Cmd key and 'W'.
This functionality is not present on the accessible version of this site. When viewing this, we advise you use Private Browsing, as explained below.
You may wish to browse this site privately, if you are not already doing so. Modern web browsers have an option to view pages online without recording what you are viewing in your browser history. This also prevents other data from being stored, including cookies, and temporary files, when you shut the browser window. The below browsers all offer private browsing modes:
- Chrome. Learn more about Chrome's Incognito (private browsing) mode.
- Firefox 3.5+. Learn more about Firefox's private browsing mode.
- Internet Explorer 8+. Learn more about IE's InPrivate Browsing.
- Safari 2+
- Opera 10.50+. Learn more about Opera's private browsing mode.
There are also browsers that offer a private browsing mode available to download onto your smartphone.
After visiting the site
If you are not using private browsing to view our site you may wish to clear your personal browser history once you have concluded your visit. All the sites you have visited, searches you have made in search engines (Google, Bing etc.) and your browser search bars and lots more information will all be stored in your browser. The links to the specific browser help pages should help you delete this information from your computer.
If Safety is still a concern
Even if you follow all the advice give above, it is still possible for someone to find information about your internet browsing and sites you have been visiting. If you are concerned for your safety we recommend that you access this site from a machine other than your own in a safe environment. Local libraries often offer free use of computers with internet access. You could also visit an Internet cafe or a friend's house.
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If needed the Police can provide translators, or people to sign for you.
They will be available at every step, to ensure you fully understand what's happening.
Dial 101 or 999 if it is an emergency.
Text dial 18001 101.
Facts for Assault
- Some people worry that when they speak to the police, they will start a process over which they have little control. But we will support you every step of the way and keep you informed.
- The Sexual Assault Referral Centres in London are called the Havens. They provide medical, psychological and emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Havens work in partnership with the police but are independent of them. The Havens will offer you the opportunity to speak to a police officer otherwise you will be dealt with confidentially as a NHS patient.
- If you go to a Haven or the police to have evidence collected it does not mean that you have to start a police investigation.
- We understand that some people might not want to speak to the police because they were drunk or on drugs at the time of their assault and may think it's their fault - it's not. Rest assured, the police's primary concern will be to investigate the rape. We will not treat you any differently, or believe you any less.
- We understand how difficult it can be to talk to the police, which is why you can bring a friend or family member and have them with you when you talk to us.
- An assault doesn't stop being an assault because it happened a long time ago. The police take every case seriously, no matter when it happened.
- We know that not being understood or not understanding what is going on can make speaking to the police more difficult, which is why if your first language is not English we can arrange for an interpreter, or if you use sign language, somebody to sign for you. You will continue to have access to language or sign language interpreters throughout the process.
Facts for Third Parties
- We know that not being understood or not understanding what is going on can make speaking to the police more difficult, which is why if someone's first language is not English we can arrange for an interpreter, or if they use sign language, somebody to sign for them. We will ensure they continue to have access to language or sign language interpreters throughout the process.
- We understand that some people might not want to talk to the police because they were drunk or on drugs at the time of their assault. The police's primary concern will be to investigate the rape. They will not treat people any differently, or believe them any less.
- We understand how difficult it can be to talk to the police, which is why people can bring a friend or family member and have them with them when they talk to us.