What happened was not your fault. What you do next is your choice.
Sexual Violence Liaison Officers (SVLOs) are trained in taking disclosures of historic or new incidents of sexual violence and are equipped to provide you with the support you need.
- If you suspect you were given any type of drug, it is best to be tested within 24 hours.
- If you would like emergency contraception, the medication should be started within 72 hours.
- If you would like HIV prophylaxis, the medication should be started within 72 hours
Police procedures: Please see the Surrey Police website for detailed information on reporting a sexual assault. Reporting at a Police station and/or attending a Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) can be a lengthy process, but you will be listened to and supported throughout the process. It might be helpful to bring along a supportive friend or relative.
If you have not changed your clothes since the incident, it is advisable to bring a spare set of clothes as the police may need to keep the clothes you are wearing as evidence. When you give your statement to the Police try not to leave anything out, however embarrassing or painful it may be. If you can’t remember something, it is ok to say so.
Don’t be afraid to tell the truth about things like how much you had to drink or using recreational drugs; if the truth comes out later it may harm the chances of prosecution.
Reporting later Many people do not wish to report immediately but decide after a while that they want to do so. This is perfectly acceptable and there is no time limit for investigation by the police and prosecuting incidents of sexual assault.
If you are not sure what to do, you can go to Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC). They can talk you through the different options that are available. A key consideration when reporting non-recent assaults is the fact that forensic evidence is no longer available and cannot be considered if not previously preserved. However, your strongest piece of evidence is your account of what happened.
Reporting the incident anonymously: you can call Crimestoppers at any point on 0800 555 111 or use their online form.
Report and Support: students and staff can report an incident using the University’s Report and Support system. You can choose to do this anonymously or you can request support from a member of staff. The University takes every report seriously and carefully considers what action to take.
Find out what support is available if you have been sexually assaulted.
Find out more on the support available for mental health and wellbeing.
Take care of yourself. It’s important that you take care of yourself. If you’ve heard something distressing or if something is troubling you, the University's Centre for Wellbeing offers confidential help and is open to both students and staff.