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A person commits an offence of exposure if they intentionally expose their genitals with the intention of someone seeing them and them being alarmed or distressed.

Any person who carries out an act of obscene nature in the public can also be charged with ‘outraging public decency’. You can outrage public decency if you behave in a lewd, obscene or disgusting nature.

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Victim/Witness
I want to report someone flashing or exposing themselves in public
You want to report someone exposing their genitals in public which has left you feeling alarmed or distressed
I want to report a person performing a sex act in public
You want to report someone masturbating or performing a sex act in pubic which has left you feeling alarmed or distressed
Someone I know has witnessed someone flashing, exposing themselves or performing a sex act in public
You want advice for a member of your family or friend after they were left feeling alarmed or distressed
I want to report people watching others having sex in public
You want to report people watching others having sex in a public place, commonly known as dogging.
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
I have been flashed at 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
I feel I've been targeted
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The person who did this
I think I know who did this
You have details of, or suspect you know who committed the crime
I don’t know who it is but I do have a description
You have a description of what the suspect/s looks 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
The flasher left something behind
The suspect may have left an item behind
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 I may be overreacting
You are unsure whether or not you should report this incident to police
I do not want to go to court
You do not feel comfortable taking part in a trial or hearing
Can a man be a victim of flashing?
You want to know if a man can be a victim of flashing or indecent exposure?
Can a woman commit an offence of flashing?
You want to know if a woman can commit offences of flashing or indecent exposure?