No, you can choose to contact the Police at any time. However, if you choose to speak to a SVMLO, they will ensure you have clear, unbiased information on your options. It is important that the decision to report to the Police is made by you. Please read our guidance on naming a perpetrator and risk of harm.
All of the help that you might wish to access e.g. counselling, support with your academic work, or referrals to external support agencies will be available regardless of whether you wish to make a report to the Police.
If you are thinking of reporting to the Police it may be helpful to know the following information:
You should be aware that police investigations into disclosures of sexual misconduct can take a long time, sometimes spanning months or years. However, the University and external specialist agencies will provide support and guidance to those affected by the incident during the entirety of this period.
If you aren’t sure whether to report to the Police and want to talk through your options, you can speak to a SVMLO or to an independent adviser from an external agency, such as Rape Crisis Scotland or Women’s Aid.
For further details on what to expect from the Police Scotland if you feel you can report a crime of Sexual Violence or Misconduct, please visit the Police Scotland website. On their site you can read information about reporting Sexual Crimes and watch a video which tells you about the process, so you have a better idea of what to expect. If you are in doubt about the process, your SVMLO can contact a local station for further information.
Remember that you have rights under the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Act 2014. You can find more information on these rights via the website links below: