Rape and Sexual Assault

What is it?

A sexual assault is any sexual act that a person did not consent to, or is forced into against their will. It is a form of sexual violence and includes rape (an assault involving penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth), or other sexual offences, such as groping, forced kissing, child sexual abuse or the torture of a person in a sexual manner.

Sexual assault is an act that is carried out without the victim’s active consent. This means they didn’t agree to it.

It is not uncommon for a victim of sexual assault to have no physical injuries or signs of their assault.

Sexual Assault Referral Centre

Sexual assault referral centres are independent medical centres not linked to police. They offer a private, safe, discrete and caring environment designed for all survivors of sexual assault - including men, women and children. These centres offer medical, practical and emotional support to anyone who has been sexually assaulted or raped. They have specially trained doctors and counsellors to care for you. If you're considering reporting the assault to the police, they can arrange for you to have an informal talk with a specially trained police officer who can explain what’s involved.

How to report it?

There are no excuses for rape or sexual assault. ‘No’ should always mean no: whether you are in a relationship with the person or they are a stranger, being forced to have sex or do something sexual against your will is a crime. You can report any incident, whether it is something that has just happened, or something less recent. Calling 999 if you're in immediate danger or the offence has just happened Calling 101 Visiting your nearest police station. Alternatively, you can access any of the organisations listed below without needing to report to the police.

Commissioned Provider

The Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act 2011 provides powers for the Police and Crime Commissioner to award grants to any organisation or body he considers will support the community safety priorities within his police and crime plan, such as tackling drugs and crime, reducing re-offending and providing support for victims and witnesses.

SV2

As from the 1st of April 2016 SV2 will be the commissioned provider of services to victims of sexual assault and violence. SV2 offers a wide range of support including counselling, therapy and an independent advocacy service for both children and families. For further information please see the contact details below.

www.sv2.org.uk

01773 746 115 

Derbyshire Constabulary Sexual Assault Support Hub

This Sexual Assault Support hub is agreat tool for anyone that may have been affected by rape or sexual assault. 

SV2

 SV2 (Supporting Victims of Sexual Violence) offers a wide range of support for both recent and historical victims of sexual violence which include counselling, therapy and an independent advocacy service.