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Did you know?

Most rapes are committed by someone the victim knows or has met that night and not by a complete stranger.

It's not just the girls. About one in ten rape victims is a man.

Only 20% of rapes are reported to the police.

Rapists choose victims based on their vulnerability rather than how they look.

Ask Ed

They didn't say 'NO' - is it still rape?

Just because someone doesn’t say NO does not mean they want to have sex.

They may show it through their body language or they may not be able to if they have passed out, are very drunk or asleep.

Sex should only happen when people are up for it and happy to. The law in Britain says that to consent to sex a person must be over 16 and have the ability to make informed decisions for themselves.

 

 

 

Is it my fault that I was raped?

It’s not your fault.

There’s no excuse for rape. It doesn’t matter what you were wearing, whether you’d kissed the person or how drunk you were.

The blame is entirely their’s – if you didn’t want to and/or were not able to say ‘NO’ because you had passed out or were very drunk, then it’s still rape.

 

What is sexual assault?

Sexual assault is when:

  • A person is penetrated without their consent.
  • Someone is touched in a sexual way that makes him or her feel uncomfortable or frightened – this could be through their clothes or directly.
  • Someone is made to sexually stimulate themselves using their hands or fingers or put objects into their private places when they don’t want to do it.

 

Who should I tell?

Being raped is a devastating ordeal to go through.

If you can, talk to a friend, or tell an adult you trust who will listen to you and support you.

It can be very difficult to talk about what you have gone through and report the rape but it is important that you make the report as soon as you can, for your own well-being and so that you can help other people. Silence only helps the offender.

The sooner you report the rape, the quicker the right people can give you the support and advice you need and the more likely the police are to find the forensic evidence they need to catch the offender and prosecute them.

What will the police do?

To report a rape call  999 in an emergency or 101 to speak to a specially trained officer, who will be very kind and understanding.

The officers will explain what will happen all the way through and help you to make a statement about what has happened and collect any forensic evidence. There will also be people there who can help you with any medical or emotional worries you might have.

 

 

 

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