If you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, transsexual, queer, questioning your sexuality, or any sexuality other than heterosexual, it can be hard to decide whether you want to report a rape or sexual assault.
It can be hard to trust that you can talk about what happened and be treated with sensitivity by the police or the hospital.
You can talk with us confidentially about your concerns and fears and decide what you want to do. We cannot tell anyone else what you tell us when no one else is present, unless you give us written permission. You can take away that permission at any time by telling us.
You can ask us for an advocate to accompany you throughout the process of reporting, medical examination, and legal hearings. You can change your mind at any time about what you want to do.
If you are not heterosexual, you are at risk of hate crimes involving sexual acts so the trauma of a rape or sexual assault can be worse.