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Police take all reports of sexual attacks seriously regardless of the perceived gravity of the offence.

You will first speak to a uniformed officer who will ask you some general questions (you can ask to speak to an officer of a particular sex if that would be more comfortable for you) and then you will be taken to a specialist suite where you will be spoken to by specially trained officers. The questions that these officers ask will be more in depth.

Do not worry if you feel embarrassed or ashamed, the officers are specially trained to help you. If you consent you will undergo a medical examination by a trained police medical examiner. An officer will be allocated to your case and will keep you regularly updated on its progress.

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