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Rape and Sexual Assault

Being pressured or forced to have sex or engage in sexual activity when you don't want to is a serious crime. When you report a sexual crime your complaint will always be treated with sensitivity and consideration.

Rape

Rape is committed when a male forces his penis into the mouth, anus or vagina of another person when that person doesn't want him to do so.

Sexual assault

Sexual assault is a crime that can be committed by both men and women against men or women.

A crime has been committed if any of the following occurs when you don't want it to:

  • Having objects or body parts (excluding the penis) inserted into your vagina or anus.
  • Being touched in a sexual way that makes you feel uncomfortable or frightened.
  • Being sent sexual images via email, social media or phone ('sexting').
  • Being forced to watch other people have sex.
  • Being forced to make or watch pornography.

Apart from rape and sexual assault, any unwanted sexual act or activity is a sexual crime, including but not restricted to: child sexual abuse, sexual harassment, rape within marriage or relationships, forced marriage, so-called honour-based violence, female genital mutilation, trafficking, sexual exploitation, and ritual abuse.

Report it

If you have been the victim of a sexual crime, or if you know of a family member or friend who has, we would prefer to speak to you on the phone (by calling us on 101) or in person at a police station. However, if contacting us online is the safest way for you to get in touch, you can.

To report rape or sexual assault fill in the Report a crime or incident form.

Important: If the rape or sexual assault has occurred recently, you should contact us by dialling 999 to help us deal with it as urgently and effectively as possible.

Help and support

If you have been the victim of a sexual crime there are services that can help you.

The Bridge

  • free 24/7 telephone support
  • forensic medical examinations, available whether or not you have decided to report the crime to the police
  • counselling services

0117 342 6999
The Bridge Can Help

The Bristol Sexual Health Centre

  • Information and screening for sexually transmitted infections 
  • Emergency contraception and pregnancy advice
  • Prophylactic antibiotics

Please Note: Patients disclosing sexual assault on contacting The Bristol Sexual Assault Centre are fast-tracked and offered same day appointments, if they wish, as well as a referral to The Bridge for support.

0117 342 6900
Bristol Sexual Health Centre Online

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