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Can I report to a third party?

Victims who come forward to report a rape or serious sexual assault may not always wish to support a police prosecution.

There are a number of local and national partners who can continue to provide emotional, psychological, medical and sexual health services for a victim in order to ensure they are appropriately supported, even outside of the Criminal Justice system.

At the Emerald Centre you will be offered the opportunity to make an appointment to speak anonymously with a specially trained police officer. If you are not sure whether or not you want to support police action.

Any questions you may have, including how an investigation may proceed, can be answered by them. They can help you reach the decision that is right for you.

Some people may disclose a rape or serious sexual offence via other means, for example at a GP, hospital or GUM clinic appointment, a support charity or through other services they may already have contact with. Whatever you choose to do, there are services which can help you even if you don’t wish to pursue police action.

If you do decide to report the incident to police, all necessary information will be taken from you and a crime report will be created and investigated by the Emerald team.

The police and Emerald Centre work closely to ensure that all victims of rape and sexual assault are able to and encouraged to access support mechanisms which are right for them.

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