The police investigation will initially involve obtaining the details of the attack and arranging for a forensic medical examination to be carried out by trained medical professionals.
A statement will need to be obtained however this can be done at a time and place to suit you and with a friend/family member or counsellor with you to provide support.
A Sexual Offences Liaison Officer (SOLO) will work with you and explain what the police investigation will entail:
- Some immediate information that will be needed is:
- When did the attack happen;
- Do you require medical assistance;
- Where are you now;
- Is the attacker still nearby and are you in danger;
- Do you know the name of your attacker;
- Where did the attack happen;
- Do you still have the clothing worn at the time, if yes then keep this in a bag.
The earlier a report is made to the police increases the opportunity to obtain forensic evidence.
Police Scotland is committed to supporting victims of rape and other sexual offences regardless of when the attack happened. The support will continue throughout the investigation by providing a service in a professional and compassionate manner whilst conducting a thorough enquiry.
Sexual crime has a long term devastating affect and we are committed to supporting those who have suffered. The police recognise how difficult it can be to report sexual crime and we have specially trained officers who are here to help and support you.