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Rape & sexual abuse

Rape and sexual assault is a difficult and sensitive crime to report for all survivors. We will always listen and respect your wishes whilst providing you with appropriate advice.

Surrey Police has a dedicated Sexual Offences Investigation Team (SOIT), a specialist team of officers and staff, male and female, who specialise in investigating rape and sexual assault. Officers from our SOIT will be your point of contact during any police investigation and will be on hand to explain the police procedures, the progress of the investigation and to answer any questions about any subsequent court process.

Rape and sexual assault is a difficult and sensitive crime to report for all survivors, regardless of your gender, age or sexuality. We recognise that all survivors’ experiences are different, and no matter who you are, or how long ago the incident took place, we are committed to providing you with the highest quality service whilst remaining sensitive to your needs. We will always listen and respect your wishes whilst providing you with appropriate advice.

With the opening of the Surrey Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) otherwise known as The Solace Centre you now have more choices. The Solace Centre is a one stop location which covers the whole of Surrey and provides a number of different services. One of the benefits of the Solace Centre is that you may refer for an examination or support without the police being involved. Staff at the Solace Centre will discuss your options, and provide information and guidance so that you can make informed decisions over your care how you would like to proceed. If you wanted advice or to talk to someone, we would also encourage you to consider contacting the Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (RASASC).

If you make the decision to report to police, we would arrange for officers to come and see you. They will ask you some questions and, depending on when the assault took place, we may ask you to provide us with a mouth rinse or a urine sample. This can be critical in securing early forensic evidence and arresting the person responsible. The officers may then take you to the Solace Centre for a Forensic Medical Examination, which will be explained to you fully beforehand.