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Freephone 08088 00 00 14Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis helpline
08088 01 03 02National rape and sexual assault helpline

Reporting a sexual offence

Reporting to police can be an overwhelming prospect. We are here to support you through the process and can attend court with you if your case goes to court.

You can report sexual violence that has happened to you at any time in the past. If you are considering speaking to the police you can have support from an advocacy support worker from Glasgow & Clyde Rape Crisis. For more information please contact:

Support to report

Freephone: 08088 00 00 14


If you have just been raped and want to report you should go to the police as soon as you can after the assault as it is important for them to gather evidence as soon as possible and preferably before you wash or change your clothing. If you do want to change your clothing, put the clothes you were wearing in a plastic bag and tie it tightly shut to preserve the evidence. Try not to drink anything either, especially alcohol. If you go directly to your local police station you will be asked to make a statement before you are given a medical examination.

What happens at the police station depends on the circumstances surrounding the incident. If you were attacked in your own home, you will probably be visited by the police who will look for further evidence. If you were attacked outside, you may be taken to the scene and asked to show the police exactly where it happened.

You may be asked to return to the police station to look at photographs or to attend an identification parade. If this happens your anonymity will be safeguarded as far as possible.

We have trained workers who can support you through the process and advocate on your behalf to help reduce the impact.

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