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My Decision - Frequently Asked Questions

Facts for Assault

  • Some people worry that when they speak to the police, they will start a process over which they have little control. But we will support you every step of the way and keep you informed.
  • The Sexual Assault Referral Centres in London are called the Havens. They provide medical, psychological and emotional support 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Havens work in partnership with the police but are independent of them. The Havens will offer you the opportunity to speak to a police officer otherwise you will be dealt with confidentially as a NHS patient.
  • If you go to a Haven or the police to have evidence collected it does not mean that you have to start a police investigation.
  • We understand that some people might not want to speak to the police because they were drunk or on drugs at the time of their assault and may think it's their fault - it's not. Rest assured, the police's primary concern will be to investigate the rape. We will not treat you any differently, or believe you any less.
  • We understand how difficult it can be to talk to the police, which is why you can bring a friend or family member and have them with you when you talk to us.
  • An assault doesn't stop being an assault because it happened a long time ago. The police take every case seriously, no matter when it happened.
  • We know that not being understood or not understanding what is going on can make speaking to the police more difficult, which is why if your first language is not English we can arrange for an interpreter, or if you use sign language, somebody to sign for you. You will continue to have access to language or sign language interpreters throughout the process.

Facts for Third Parties

  • We know that not being understood or not understanding what is going on can make speaking to the police more difficult, which is why if someone's first language is not English we can arrange for an interpreter, or if they use sign language, somebody to sign for them. We will ensure they continue to have access to language or sign language interpreters throughout the process.
  • We understand that some people might not want to talk to the police because they were drunk or on drugs at the time of their assault. The police's primary concern will be to investigate the rape. They will not treat people any differently, or believe them any less.
  • We understand how difficult it can be to talk to the police, which is why people can bring a friend or family member and have them with them when they talk to us.
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