Help for victims of rape and sexual assault

What is rape?

Rape is when someone forces another person to have sex against their will - find out what 'consent' means below. Most rape victims are female, but men can be victims too.

Sexual assault is being forced or pressured to take part in sexual activity including unwanted touching, 'sexting' (texting sexual images), being forced to watch or be involved in pornography or sexual bullying.

Rape or sexual assault can be committed by a stranger, but it's more likely to be someone you know.

 

The definition of 'consent'

A person consents if he or she agrees by choice, and has the freedom and capacity to make that choice.

Watch this short video explaining sex without consent is rape - it's as simple as tea!

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A detailed definition of 'consent' can be found by visiting this page of the CPS website.

 

What to do if you’ve been raped

Rape and sexual assault are violent crimes that can have a devastating affect.

If you have been raped or sexually assaulted it's important to remember that:

  • you are not to blame; the person who raped or assaulted you is to blame
  • you do not have to cope on your own
  • there are many support services that can help you. They know how difficult it is for people to come forward and will respect and believe you

If this has happened to you, try and find someone you trust to talk to. It doesn't have to be someone in authority; just someone that you feel comfortable with.

 

Reporting a rape

If you’ve been raped or sexually assaulted, you can report it to the police.

If you're under 17, the Child Protection Unit of your local police will deal with your case.

 

Additional support is also available, including: