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Yes, if you think that you could have been drugged, ask the police to give you the appropriate tests.

Yes, but it is important that you are completely truthful with them.

It doesn’t matter, the Police will still investigate your allegations. They may be able to identify him in other ways.

Yes, there are various methods of preventing him from contacting or bothering you.

Please wait until you have seen the Police before washing as they may be able to get vital evidence of the offence from your clothes and body. If you wash yourself or the clothes you were wearing during the attack before you report it, this evidence may be lost.

No, special measures can be applied for, so you can give evidence behind a screen or via a video link.

This depends on many things but you will be kept updated by the court and your Victim Liaison Officer.

This could be very frightening but there are lots of ways the law can protect you.

They look like anyone, rapists do not have any unusual features, they just look like anyone we may see in the street.

People rape in order to gain power and control over somebody else. It is not usually about sex it is more about overpowering someone in a sexual way.

No not rape, but they can sexually assault someone. Women can force objects into another women and make them do things sexually that they do not want to do. Women can also get other people to perform unwanted sexual acts.

Yes, a man can be raped by another man.(www.male-rape.org.uk)

No it doesn’t, it is generally about power and control not sexual identity.

Being male and being raped by a man doesn’t make you turn out to be homosexual, but it can sometimes make men feel confused about their sexuality.

Date rape is when you have been raped by somebody you know whilst having some kind of relationship with them.

Drug rape is when someone has had sex with you, having knowingly given you a substance to make you vulnerable and unable to take care of yourself properly.

 


Assault

Current legal definition of sexual assault. Sexual assault is an act of physical, psychological and emotional violation, in the form of a sexual act, which is inflicted on someone without consent. It can involve forcing or manipulating someone to witness or participate in any sexual acts.

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Drug rape/date rape

Drug rape is when someone has sex with you, having knowingly given you a substance to make you vulnerable and unable to take care of yourself properly. Any substances that makes you become incapable of saying “no” or looking after yourself can be called “date rape drugs”.

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Ritual Abuse

Ritual abuse is an extreme, sadistic form of abuse of children and non-consenting adults. It is methodical, systematic sexual, physical, emotional and spiritual abuse, which often includes mind torture, and highly illegal and immoral activities.

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What is rape?

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 came into force on the 1st May 2004. The purpose of the Act was to strengthen and modernise the law on sexual offences, whilst improving preventative measures and the protection of individuals from sexual offenders.

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What is sexual abuse?

Sexual abuse of children can happen in many different ways: Sexual touching of any part of the body, clothed or unclothed; Assault by penetration, including rape or penetration of the mouth with an object or part of the body; Encouraging a child to engage in sexual activity.

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FGM

Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), also known as female circumcision is widely practiced in more than 28 African countries, parts of the Middle East, some parts of Asia and in parts of various other countries including the UK.

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