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Information and help after rape and sexual assault

DescriptionInformation pack for women and men (over 16) who have been raped or sexually assaulted
Official Print Publication DateApril 2008
Website Publication DateApril 30, 2008


ISBN 978 0 7559 5611 1
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About this information pack
About rape and sexual assault

Section 1: Practical things to think about after an assault
What to think about immediately
Your safety
Your health
Shock, injury and pain
Sexually transmitted infections
Reporting to the police
Claiming compensation

Section 2: How rape and sexual assault can affect people
Feelings and reactions
Long-term health
Ways of coping

Section 3: Investigating and prosecuting rape and sexual assault
Legal definitions
Diagram of police and prosecution process
Police process
Prosecution process
Going to court
Sentencing and after
Private prosecution
Civil action

Section 4: Help and information
Main support organisations
Helplines and websites

Section 5: Meanings and court procedures
Court procedures
Sheriff and Jury
High Court


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We have tried to ensure that the information in this pack is correct at the time of going to print. Please note that phone numbers and other information may change. The information is based on the law and practice in Scotland.