What happens?

What happens when I report sexual assault or rape to the police?

What happens when you report an assault will depend on how recently the incident took place and how you want to move forward.

Upon reporting a sexual assault or rape to the police an appointment will be made for an officer to come and see you, unless the incident has just happened.

If the incident has just happened you may choose to go to the Oasis @ Rivergate, the county’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), for an examination, interview and support. If you choose to do this you will be allocated a specially trained officer to look after you and support you through the medical examination.

Once you have reported the incident police will undertake an investigation. Part of that investigation will be to interview the suspect. The sooner that the incident is reported to police, the greater the opportunity to recover forensic evidence from you and the suspect.

Trained detectives will gather as much evidence from a range of sources, including witnesses and forensic material. All of the evidence will be considered and may be presented to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to make a decision on whether charges will be brought.

If evidence is presented to the CPS, they will make a decision on whether or not there is sufficient evidence to charge the suspect. If there is this will lead to a court case. The suspect could be held on remand, released on bail until appearing at court or summonsed to attend court on a specified date.

Your specially trained officer and Independent Sexual Violence Advisor (ISVA) will support you through the criminal justice system. There are also special measures that can be applied for to help victims of sexual violence when they attend court.

Do I have to involve the police?

No. You can self–refer for medical attention and support without involving the police.

The Oasis @ Rivergate (SARC) provides a sensitive and dedicated service to women, men, teenagers and children, in Cambridgeshire who have been raped or sexually assaulted recently or in the past.

Through partnership between the health service, police and Rape Crisis you will receive all of the support you need following serious sexual assault or rape.

The team has a great deal of experience and knowledge. Their role is to look after your immediate needs and assist you in determining the service that you require. They will be able to provide you with information which will help you make informed choices.

They also retain any forensic evidence for seven years, so if you do wish to involve the police at a later date, we can obtain this evidence from the SARC.

You can find more information about the SARC on our help and support page.

To make a self–referral call 0845 089 6262

Please be aware children cannot self–refer without the police being informed.

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