Report online or call us on 101. Always call 999 in an emergency.

Rape and Sexual Assault

Being a victim of sexual assault is a traumatic experience; if you report your attack to us we will ensure that you are supported by specialist officers and receive advice and guidance from local support agencies.

Sexual assault can be anything from inappropriate touching of sexual areas to rape.

Anyone of any age, race or sex can be sexually assaulted.

If you have not consented to the sexual act then it is sexual assault - this includes if you are married or in a relationship.

Victim of Sexual Assault

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual assault, please contact us immediately.

There are several ways to do this:

  • Please call 999 if the incident has just happened or you are in danger.
  • Please call 101 if the incident happened some time ago.
  • You can also report online or by visiting your local police station.

Once you have made the report and provided initial information, you will be contacted by a Sexual Offences Liaison Officer (SOLO) who will arrange to speak to you in more detail. A SOLO is a specially chosen and trained officer who will be able to provide you with the best possible support at this difficult time.

The speed at which the investigation will progress depends on how long ago the sexual assault occurred and whether anyone else is at risk from the perpetrator. For example, if the sexual assault happened recently then an immediate medical examination may assist with collecting any forensic evidence.


The Saturn Centre

The Saturn Centre in Crawley provides support to men and women in Sussex who have been victim to sexual assault.

The Saturn Centre can provide immediate support to victims by providing a forensic medical examination, emergency contraception and emotional support. They can also provide ongoing support to all victims of sexual assault including counselling and support through criminal proceedings.

Sussex Police work closely with the Saturn Centre and if you require immediate support, your dedicated SOLO will arrange to take you there and stay with you.


Historic Child Sexual Abuse

Deciding whether to report abuse that you suffered as a child can be a very difficult process.

You may have many questions and reservations about revisiting events which you would rather forget.

However, for many victims, taking the very brave and proactive approach of reporting the crime can help them take control of the situation.

If you decide to report a historic case of sex abuse to us, we will treat the matter very seriously.

As well as investigating the report thoroughly, we will give you other support to help you through the process.


Further advice and support

If you would like further information about sexual assault, there are several organisations that specialise in providing advice and support to victims.

  • Life Centre are a Sussex based charity offering support and counselling to survivors of rape and sexual assault.
  • Survivor’s Network offer support and advice to individuals who have experienced sexual violence and abuse. They also support families’ and partners’ of victims who have been impacted by sexual abuse.
  • The NSPCC give support to those who have experienced child abuse in the past. You can call their helpline on 0808 800 5000 or contact them via their website.
  • The National Association for People Abused in Childhood provide advice and support.
  • MOSAC support non-abusing parents and carers of sexually abused children.
  • Rape Crisis Surrey and Sussex support women and girls aged 13 and older who have experienced any form of sexual violence at any time in their lives.