While you don’t legally have to provide ID to report sexual assault, the law officer you speak to will ask for it. This can be an easy way to provide your basic personal information which will be used to create your police report.
In some places, including parts of Canada, survivors can report sexual assault and abuse without providing any identifying information about themselves.
A trusted friend or loved one
Because the process of reporting can be stressful, scary, and even re-traumatizing in some cases, bringing someone with you for emotional support is highly encouraged. Make sure this person is sympathetic to what you’re going through and that they’re prepared to support you when things become emotionally difficult.
If you would rather not bring a friend or family member with you, reach out to an advocacy organization in your area to request accompaniment. Sexual assault advocates are available to accompany victims of sexual assault when reporting to the police, appearing in court, and more. To find an advocacy organization near you, use the Go Thrive Go database and search for “Advocacy / Accompaniment” in your area.