Rape and serious sexual assault

The primary role of Sapphire is the investigation of rapes and other serious sexual violence, with not only an emphasis to arrest and prosecute the perpetrator and investigate the offence to the satisfaction of victim, but just as importantly, on the care and support of victims of these crimes.

This section contains information on how to report rape and serious sexual assault, and what happens when you do, details of support organisations and personal safety advice.

I want to report a serious sexual offence

This section takes you through how we support you, the role of the Sexual Offences Investigative Technique [SOIT] officer, how we investigate serious sexual offences and what to expect from the the courts process.

Who we are

Sapphire is a unit of specialist officers whose role is to investigate rapes and other serious sexual violence. This includes providing care and support to the victims, as well as investigating the offence to the satisfaction of victim and bringing the offender to justice.

The Havens

The Havens are Sexual Assault Referral Centres that have been set up as a joint initiative by the MPS and the NHS to ensure that victims of rape and sexual assault get the help they need.

Advice for victims

We are here to help anyone who comes to us and says they have been raped or sexually assaulted. Whether you are male, female, transexual, young or old, we are here to help you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some of our frequently asked questions about rape and serious sexual assault.

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Explanations of terminology and language associated with rape and serious sexual assault.

Safety advice

There are some simple steps you can take to help keep yourself safe when out and about. Staying safe is all about looking and listening around you, and knowing what you can do to stay out of danger.

Myths about rape

There are many myths about rape and serious sexual assault. Find out the truth here.

Contact us and other support agencies

If you have any information that may assist a rape or sexual offence investigation, please call 101 or in case of emergency 999. Alternatively ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 if you wish to provide information but remain anonymous.