1. Report To Police

It’s never too late to report a sexual crime. Generally speaking, there is no time limit for reporting sexual crimes. Some people choose to report immediately after the assault happens, others may report days, months or years later. Obviously the sooner you report the better chance Police have of locating and securing vital evidence.

Depending on the circumstances, in most cases you should attend your local police station to report what happened. If unsure, please call your local police station and ask to speak to the detectives or a duty officer. (A duty officer is a senior and experienced Police Officer). The duty officer can let you know the name of the Detective you will be talking to so that when you come to the Police Station you can ask for the Detective. This means you won’t have to explain at the front desk why you are there.

A person who has been sexually assaulted will need to give an overview of what happened, make a statement, or they can discuss these options with detectives. A forensic medical examination may be required again depending on the circumstances. Victims can have a support person with them while they are at the station.

Police will be respectful and supportive during the entire process, across the State the NSW Police Force has officers who are specially trained in matters of sexual assault, with most adult sexual assault investigations carried out by local detectives attached to Police Area Commands (PACs) and Police Districts (PDs). The Child Abuse & Sex Crimes Squad (CA&SCS) also provides a specialist investigative response to some sexual assault matters.

Victims will be offered access to counselling support.

Visit the What Happens To Your Information section to find out how the information is handled.