What are your reporting options?
Our counsellors will support you whilst you to decide what to do next, but whatever you decide it is important that you are aware of and take special care of your own health and wellbeing.
If you have any physical injuries, are at risk of infection or pregnancy please seek professional medical attention as soon as possible.
Be aware that counselling and support services are available to you to help you come to terms with or address any personal issues resulting from what has happened to you.
In Queensland there are two ways you can report the crime to police.
You can report the crime personally and direct to the police or for whatever reason and if you prefer, you can provide information about what happened to you to the police – anonymously
No matter what you decide you must remind yourself that sexual assault is a crime and you should never blame yourself!
To report in person:
You may be feeling a whole range of anxieties, but if you decide to call the police and report the crime, keep in mind that there are a number of things you can do – if possible – to help to preserve forensic, physical and DNA evidence which may assist them with their investigation, such as :-
- Don’t take a shower or bath
- Don’t wash or dispose of any clothing or accessories you wore during the assault
- Don’t clean up or disturb the place where the assault happened
The police may want to take photos of any injuries you have sustained; they may want to perform a forensic examination of semen, clothing or any other evidence relevant to the assault, and may ask if you will allow them to arrange a medical examination for you..
They will also ask you to recall as much detail as possible to be recorded on a statement about the assault.
If you wish to report the crime and remain anonymous:
There are a number of reasons why survivors may not want to be identified or become involved in a public investigation; you may simply feel that you want to get on with the healing process in private. The choice is always yours.
In these circumstances an ARO (Alternate Reporting Option) is available; so you can still report the crime by providing information, which may be of assistance to the police in investigating other crimes. You can complete a sexual crime survey which can be downloaded from the Queensland Police Service website www.police.qld.gov.au / Adult Sexual Assault link … and remain anonymous if you wish.
If you are unsure what to do for the best, make a note of all relevant facts you can remember from the assault – such as the time and where it happened, what you remember about the location, what exactly you can recall happened to you, whether anyone else saw what happened and anyone you told about the assault. Then when you are ready – call the Sexual Assault Helpline on 1800 010120 or go to the Adult Sexual Assault section at www.police.qld.gov.au for more information.