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Historical sexual abuse

It is never too late to report a rape or sexual assault. Regardless of whether it happened recently or 20 years ago - we will take your report seriously and do what we can to help ensure the offender faces justice.  

To report historical abuse to us, please call us on 101.

Deciding whether to report abuse you suffered a long time ago can be a difficult decision. We understand that you may want to forget about what happened but for many, getting the courage to report the crime can help them take back control of what happened.

People committing these crimes need to be stopped. It’s important you still report the offence no matter how long ago it was because, although we may not be able to recover any forensic opportunities, your story could be the missing piece in a much larger picture. You story could help us build a case against your offender, even if you don’t know who they are.

We understand the devastating impact rape and sexual assault can have on your life. It’s entirely your decision if you want to report what happened to you but we are here to listen if you do.

Alternatively, you can seek independent help and support.

Further information and advice about how to cope with historical abuse and how to report it can be found on the NSPCC website (opens in new window).

All victims of sexual offences will receive lifetime anonymity, meaning your name will not be published anywhere in the public domain.

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