If you want us to investigate what happened to you, you'll need to give us a statement. You don't have to go to a police station. We can visit you where you feel most comfortable. It could be at home, school or work. We can discuss beforehand if the officer who takes the statement wears uniform or plain clothes.
If we find and charge the offender, you may need to make further statements and come to the police station for an identification process. We will support you throughout this process.
If the offender is charged and pleads not guilty, there will be a hearing. You may be called to give evidence. We will support you through the process.
We won't tell them but it's best if you do. If you're under 18, you'll need a guardian with you when you make a statement. They will be required to sign it and provide contact details so we can contact you and them in future. If you don't want to make a statement, you don't have to. We can still use the information you have given us to help us tackle unwanted sexual behaviour. But giving a statement can help us identify and catch offenders, and prevent others from experiencing unwanted sexual behaviour.
The police or the Crown Prosecution Service will decide if the person should be charged with an offence or offences. If they are, they will have to appear at court and plead guilty or not guilty. If they plead not guilty, the case will go to trial and you may have to give evidence against them.
It's fine to change your mind. We would encourage you to make a report but we can still use the information you have given us to help us tackle unwanted sexual behaviour. If you change your mind after making a statement, there is a risk the court proceedings could be stopped. It would depend what stage the proceedings are at. They could be stopped all together, continue without your evidence, or you might be required to give evidence in court.