Reporting to Police is an Option
Following a sexual assault, it’s natural to feel shocked, confused, and unable to make decisions.
It is common for people who have been sexually assaulted and the people around them to believe that they are required to report a sexual assault to the police. However, this is not the case. Often people who have been sexually assaulted have many factors to consider when deciding whether to report a sexual assault, including:
- the impact on themselves and their lives;
- the impact on family members, jobs, and social situations;
- when the person who sexually assaulted them is known to them, they may also consider the impact to that person;
- concerns about what the process will be like and what will be expected of them;
- fear of not being believed.
There is no right or wrong answer when deciding whether to report to the police. We know that the more information a person has about the available options and about what to expect from the legal process, the more satisfied they will feel about their decision. It is important for survivors to make a decision that feels right for them.