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Sexual assault can range from ‘assault by penetration’ where a person intentionally penetrates the vagina or anus of another person with a part of the body or anything else, without their consent.

It can also include where some intentionally touches another person, the touching is sexual and the person does not consent.

Both men and women can be offenders and victims of sexual assault.

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Victim/Witness
I have been sexually assaulted recently and want to report it
You have been sexually assaulted, or you think you may have been sexually assaulted and want to speak to a police officer
I have been sexually assaulted but don’t want to report it to police at the moment
You do not want to report a sexual assault to police at the moment but want support and medical advice should you wish to report it in the future
I have been sexually assaulted but didn’t report it at the time
You wish to report a sexual assault that happened in the past which you didn’t report at the time
I know someone who has been sexually assaulted
A friend or family member has been sexually assaulted and you want to help
I want to speak to someone independent
You want to speak to someone about sexual assault other than the police
There are witnesses
Someone saw the incident happen
I don't think there are any witnesses
You don't know if anyone saw what happened
Your situation
I am under 16 years old
I have been sexually assaulted and I am under 16 years old
This has happened more than once
This isn't the first time this has happened
I do not speak English very well
English is not your first language and you may have difficulties discussing your concerns
The person who did this
I know who did this
You have details of, or know who carried out the sexual assault
I’m related to the person who sexually assaulted me
You may have been sexually assaulted by someone in your family
I don’t know who did this but I do have a description
You have a description of what the suspect or suspects look like
I don't have a name or description of anyone involved, but I do have other details
You do not have a description or name of people involved, but do have details such as their address, their place of work, their number plate, online details etc.
Someone I know has details about who did this
Someone believes they have information about the person or people who have done this
I don't know who did this
You do not have any details of who is involved in this
Evidence
There is video footage or photos
There may be CCTV, video or images of the incident or offender
There is evidence which could identify the person responsible
There may be evidence such as bodily fluids, fingerprints, footprints or saliva
They left something behind
The suspect may have left an item behind
There are verbal or written comments
Someone involved said something, or wrote something online or sent emails or messages
I don’t know if there is any evidence
You are unsure if there is evidence that can help with the investigation
Concerns
This is affecting my mental or physical health
You would like support following this incident
I’m worried no one will believe me or I will get into trouble
You are worried that if you report the incident no one will believe you or you will end up getting into trouble because of it
I'm worried about going to court
You do not feel comfortable taking part in a trial or hearing
I don’t want to be medically examined
You are worried about the medical process and don’t want anyone to examine you
I don’t want anyone to find out what happened to me
You don't want anyone else to know what's happened to you
No physical violence was used
You were sexually assaulted but no physical violence or force was used
I didn’t say ‘no’
You were sexually assaulted but did not say no at the time of the incident
Concerns
I’m in a relationship with the person who sexually assaulted me
You are in a personal relationship with the person who has sexually assaulted you
I know the person who sexually assaulted me
You are not in a relationship with the person who sexually assaulted you but you know who they are
I was under the influence of drink or drugs
At the time of the incident you had been drinking or taking drugs
I’m worried I may be pregnant or have caught an STI/STD
You are worried that you may be pregnant or have caught a sexually transmitted disease and want to know what to do
I'm a man, can I still be sexually assaulted?
You want to know if a man can be sexually assaulted
Can I be sexually assaulted by a woman?
You want to know to know if a woman can commit a sexual assault