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Sexual offences


Be clear on consent.

If there's not consent, it's rape.

Sometimes a situation might not be clear cut. You might be on a date. They might have flirted with you. They might have asked you for a drink – or accepted one from you. You might have kissed. You might even have travelled home together.
They might have changed their mind. They might have said nothing at all. 

No matter who you are with, what brought you together or what you were expecting to happen, if it’s not clear, it’s not consent.

Need help or someone to talk to?

If you’ve been the victim of a sexual offence, there are a number of specialist teams (see below) who can provide advice and support according to your individual needs – particularly if you are not ready to speak to a police officer at first.

rape and sexual assault

If something has happened to you or someone you know you can report it to us online or call 101. 

When you do a local officer will take initial details from you and pass their report to a detective in our Sexual Offences Investigation Team (SOIT). 

Our specially trained officers are there to help you through what has happened. We’ll work at your own pace and you can stop at any time.
They also work closely with support agencies and will refer you to their services so you can get the right care according to your individual needs.

You can contact the Kent and Medway Sexual Assault Referral Centre yourself if you’d prefer not to speak to police at first. 

Personal safety advice

Sexual assault, don’t be confused.
It can happen to anyone of any age, male or female, anywhere and by anyone. 

Anyone can be put in a situation where they become uncomfortable, feel trapped and scared, where there isn’t anything that anyone can do, and are sexually assaulted.  A sexual assault is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens.

We have launched ‘SAVVY STEPS’ to provide personal safety advice to help keep you safe.
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