What is Rape?

A person commits rape if he intentionally penetrates the vagina, anus or mouth of another person with his penis, without their consent.

What is a serious sexual assault?

Assault by penetration – a person commits assault by penetration if they intentionally penetrate the vagina or anus of another person with a part of the body or anything else, without their consent.

What is sexual assault?

A person commits sexual assault if they intentionally touch another person, the touching is sexual and the person does not consent.

Rape and serious sexual assaults, by their nature, have a traumatic effect on the victim, family and society. The Police are committed to the professional, ethical and compassionate investigation of such offences in order to help victims move their lives forward and bring offenders to justice.

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