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Rape and sexual violence

West Midlands Police treats all reports of rape and sexual assault very seriously.

We are dedicated to helping anyone - male or female and whatever your circumstances – who may have been a victim of these crimes. Please get in touch and let us help.

We understand that reporting a rape or sexual assault is often an extremely difficult thing to do but our first priority is your safety and security.

This is why we have a team of specially trained officers (STO) who can help and support victims throughout the entire process. These officers will investigate offences in a discreet and professional manner offering help, support and guidance from the time of reporting right through to the conclusion of an investigation.

RAPE

Our specialist officers work within a dedicated Public Protection Unit and as such have access to a wide range of support. This includes vital links to a host of partner agencies who also offer a variety of services to support victims.

If you can, please contact us directly to report the incident. However, if you do not feel comfortable speaking to officers, you can contact a referral centre which specialises in helping victims of rape and sexual assault – including medical care and counselling.

#RapeisRape

Did you know that over half (51 per cent) of all rapes are carried out by a person who is known to the victim?

A new campaign to tackle this “acquaintance rape” –an underreported crime - has launched to reinforce the message that victims don’t have to suffer in silence, it’s never the victim’s fault and with the police’s help you can prevent other people becoming victims of similar attacks by coming forward.

The campaign aims to challenge some of the myths associated with rape and raise awareness that anybody who has sex with someone against their will is a rapist, be that a stranger or someone you know.

RapeisRape

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