Doncaster Rape & Sexual Abuse Counselling Service

Choosing Whether to Report an Incident

At some point you will need to decide whether you want to report an incident to the police or not. We understand this is not an easy decision for many people. The earlier you tell the Police about an attack, the more likely it is that they will be able to investigate the incident effectively and, potentially, make a prosecution. However, you do not have to tell the Police if you don’t want to


We would generally encourage people to report an attack, but what you decide to do is up to you. Try to be aware that even if you don’t want to report the incident now, you may want to in a few hours, tomorrow, next week, or in the coming months. There is no time limit on reporting an incident so try not to destroy any evidence that could help if you change your mind.

DRASACS has specialist workers (ISVA) that you can speak with in confidence before making a report, however we would encourage anyone who has been raped or sexually assaulted within the past week to contact Hakenthorpe Lodge to both have DNA evidence collected and have a check over by the specialist nurses.

Before having counselling I felt lost and alone. Now I feel as though I’ve been listened to and have the strength to make decisions about my own future.

— Tanya | Aged 46
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