The decision to report can be a big one. For some people it will be really important to them and for others it may not be a step they want to take now or ever. What is most important is that you make the decision that is best for you.
If you want to report there is information and support out there for you.
If you would like to know about what happens when you report then we have created an easy to follow flowchart which explains the process.
If you would like to talk to someone about reporting an Independent Sexual Violence Adviser (ISVA) will be able to help.
For more in-depth information on the report to court support you can read the Rights of Women, “From Report to Court: A handbook for adult survivors of sexual violence”.
It is also possible to sue someone who has abused you for criminal damages. This would mean going through the Civil Court rather than the Crown Court.