For adult survivors, you are permitting an investigation of the assault by reporting to the police. You are the only person who can decide if reporting is the right choice for you. An advocate at your local Rape Crisis Center can help you understand your options.
If you are a survivor who is under 18, over 60, or disabled, it is important to understand mandated reporting requirments.
The police department in the city or town where the assault happened will be responsible for the investigation of your report, with some exceptions:
The police will ask you to give a statement that includes all of the details you can remember about the assault. The statement that you give will be kept as evidence and will be used to help with the investigation.
If you’ve already reported to the police, here are some possible next steps.
This project was supported by Grant #2009-WF-AX-0014 awarded by the Violence Against Women Grants Office, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety & Security Office of Grants & Research and subgranted to the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center. Points of view in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice or the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety Programs Division.