Rape and sexual abuse

What are rape and sexual abuse?

Rape is the intentional penetration of the vagina, anus or mouth with a penis, without consent.

Sexual abuse is any other sort of sexual contact or behaviour that is unwanted.

These offences can be committed against both men and women and are always a crime, whether they are committed by a partner, friend, family member or a stranger.

Being in a relationship with someone does not give them the right to have sex with you. Consent is required each and every time you have sex.

Have you been raped or sexually abused?

Reporting rape or sexual abuse to the police

Can I report rape or sexual abuse to someone other than the police?

What support is available to me?

Going to court

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