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Rape and sexual assault

Being forced or pressured to have sex or engage in sexual activity against your will is a crime.  Everyone has the right to say ‘no’ to sex, or withdraw or withhold consent for any sexual act.

Sometimes rape or sexual assault can happen within relationships.  Regardless of whether you are in a relationship with someone, or given your consent in the past, sex without consent is rape.   

What is rape?

Under the Sexual Offences Act 2003, rape is defined as the penetration with a penis of the vagina, anus or mouth of another person without their consent.

What is sexual assault?

The Act describes penetration of another person's vagina, mouth or anus with any part of the body other than the penis or any object without their consent, as 'sexual assault by penetration'.  This can carry the same sentences as rape.

Sexual assault can also occur if you are forced or manipulated into witnessing or participating in any sexual act.

If you have been a victim of rape or sexual assault

  • Remember that what has happened is not your fault.  You are not to blame and there is help for you.
  • If you are hurt and need medical attention, call 999 and ask for an ambulance. Or go to your local Accident and Emergency department.
  • Otherwise, go somewhere where you feel safe.
  • Try not to be alone: See if a friend or someone you trust can be with you
  • Talk to someone about what has happened. If you don't feel like talking to a friend or family member yet, contact Lincolnshire Rape Crisis.

Report it

We understand that you may feel upset or frightened and may be afraid to report what has happened to us.  We assure you that we will investigate your incident in full and handle it with care and sensitivity.

If the incident has just happened or you are in immediate danger, call us on 999 as soon as you can.

If possible, keep the clothes you were wearing and don’t wash them.  Also try not to shower as there may be evidence which we can use. 

If the incident happened in the past, call us on 101 or report it online.

If you do not wish to contact the police, you can go to a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC).  In Lincolnshire this is the Spring Lodge Sexual Assault Referral Centre.

www.springlodge.org
01522 524 402 (office hours) / 01371 812 686 (all other times)

How we deal with rape and sexual assault

We are committed to providing a high level of service to victims of rape and serious sexual assault.  We will conduct rigorous investigations into such crimes and hold offenders accountable for their actions.

We work with the Crown Prosecution Service East Midlands, Spring Lodge Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) and other partner agencies to give you the confidence to report such incidents.

Our priorities in responding to rape offences are to:

  • Improve the standard of investigation and prosecution of rape offences.
  • Improve the quality of treatment for victims who make complaints of rape.
  • Take effective action against offenders so that they are held accountable through the criminal justice system.
  • Increase confidence in the criminal justice system and encourage more victims to report rape to us.
  • Increase the proportion of cases which result in a charge, court case and conviction.
  • Use existing national systems to record information and intelligence that will assist in the identification of linked offences.
  • Adopt a proactive multi-agency approach in the provision of services to victims.

More help and support

Emerald Team at Lincolnshire Police

A team of specially trained officers and experienced detectives committed and dedicated to rape investigation.

Call 999 in an emergency

Call 101 when it’s less urgent than 999

Spring Lodge Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC)
www.springlodge.org
01522 524 402 (office hours) / 01371 812 686 (all other times)

Rape Crisis
rapecrisis.org.uk 

Lincolnshire Rape Crisis (LRC)
01522 716320
www.lincolnshirerapecrisis.org.uk

Trust House in Grantham
01476 570284

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