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Deciding whether to report rape & sexual assault to the police

20 May 2020

If you've experienced rape or sexual assault while living in England or Wales, we want to hear about your decision to report or not report what happened to the police.

Our aim is to understand how each individual person makes a choice that is right for them, so we will not assume what a ‘right’ response would look like for you.

The survey is part of a wider study to improve the support and information available after sexual violence & abuse. It should take 7-9 mins to complete.

Requirements

  • Age 18+
  • Live in England or Wales
  • Have experienced sexual violence or abuse, including rape or sexual assault

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Ethical approval

This study has been approved by the Loughborough University Human Participants Ethics Committee. You can skip any questions that you do not want to answer, and can withdraw from the study by leaving the survey page at any time.

About the researcher

Dr Olivia Smith is a lecturer in Criminology and Social Policy at Loughborough University. She has over 10 years experience in researching responses to sexual violence and abuse, and is a member of the Victims Commissioner's Advisory Group.

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