If you have been raped or involved in sexual crime, it is not your fault.
What you are wearing, how much you drank, and whether or not you were in your own home, at someone else’s, or out is completely irrelevant. Rape is not sex or love, and there is never an excuse for it. Consent is not the absence of a ‘no’, but rather a clear ‘yes’. Therefore, if you did not say ‘no’, or you were unable to due to illness, alcohol, drugs, or any other reason, you did not give your consent to have sex. Rape is not only an act of violence; it is also a crime and is punishable by imprisonment for life.
You do not have to report to the police if you have been a victim of rape or sexual violence. However, if you choose to do so, you may wish to speak to a local, national, or campus based organisation first. Remember that if you decide to report to the police and undergo and forensic investigation you will need the clothes you were wearing, and as hard as this is, you must try not to wash yourself or your hands- especially if you managed to get any of the perpetrator’s skin or hair under your fingernails.
If you choose not to report your crime, you may still need medical attention. Visiting a hospital or clinic will reduce the risk of pregnancy, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), and long term physical damage. No one will force you to report to the police, however it may be suggested to you if you receive medical attention.
Whether you decide to report the crime to the police or not, contacting an organisation specialising in this type of crime will help you make other decisions, and move forwards.
If you do not wish to report your crime but wish to speak to the police you can contact PC Gail Warden, the on-campus police officer, on 07772 567 373, or via email on Gail.Warden@leicestershire.pnn.police.uk.
You will never be forced to report to the police if you do not wish to.
To find out how to report your crime, the process which you may go through, and how this will help you move forwards, please visit one of the webpages below: