Historical rape

It is never too late to report a sexual assault. Anyone who commits this kind of crime should be apprehended to stop them from committing further assaults. Regardless of if it happened to you recently or 20 years ago.

The force take all reports of rape and sexual assault very seriously and if you report an assault, regardless of when it happened, an officer will discuss the procedure with you and go through your options.

If your assault did not take place recently then we may not be able to recover forensic evidence. However it is still important to report it as there may be other evidence. Your story could be a missing piece in a much larger picture that helps catch the perpetrator, even if you do not know who they were.

Sometimes when one person reports an incident it encourages more people to come forward and say that the same thing happened to them. This is often the case when a person has been abused as a child and was not aware that their friend or siblings were also abused by the same person until it is revealed in later life.

We understand the devastating impact rape and sexual assault can have on your life. It is entirely your decision if you want to report what happened to you. We are here to listen to you and act on what you tell us.

It is also never too late to seek the support you need following a rape or sexual assault.

To find out more about what happens when you report a rape visit the what happens page.

For details on the help and support available visit the help and support page.

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