Have you experienced sexual violence?
Our ‘Next Steps’ booklet is a guide to support and reporting for survivors of sexual violence. It has been designed in partnership with other survivors and contains information around the options available when reporting a sexual offence and what specialist support is available to you, even if you do not wish to make a report straight away. In here is:
- Information around the different stages of a police investigation and what you can expect along the way
- How to report a rape or sexual assault that happened some time ago
- What specialist support is available in South Yorkshire and how to access it
- Answers to frequently asked questions and a glossary
You can read and download our Next Steps booklet here.
If you’ve ever experienced sexual violence or abuse, free, specialist and confidential support is available via the 24/7 Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Line.
The 24/7 Rape & Sexual Abuse Support Line is a free phone and online chat service, run by Rape Crisis England and Wales, funded by UK Government, for anyone aged 16+ in England and Wales who has experienced something sexual that they didn’t consent to or are feeling confused about.
The Support Line is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Specialist staff are there to listen, answer questions and offer emotional support.
Call 0808 500 2222 or visit 247sexualabusesupport.org.uk to chat online or find out more.
Rape and sexual assault victim national police experience survey
Victim-survivors of rape and sexual assault are invited to take part in an anonymous national online survey about their experience dealing with the police.
The survey is designed to help understand how the police process feels to victims of rape and sexual assault. Findings will be used to help police forces nationally to improve victim support and better understand people’s experiences of reporting sexual violence.
It is open to those over the age of 18 who are the victim of rape or sexual assault where the case is being investigated by a police force in the UK. Investigations can be at any stage – following the initial report, ongoing, or finalised.
The anonymous survey is part of a national Home Office funded research and change programme known as Operation Soteria Bluestone. It aims to understand and tackle the challenges seen in rape and serious sexual offences investigations.
Complete the survey anonymously online at https://cityunilondon.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_4GikU2bi38jO0MS. An easy read version is also available online.
The survey will run until July 2024.